United Airlines restarts automatic upgrades to first class

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

When the coronavirus pandemic landed stateside, airlines immediately responded by modifying many aspects of the travel journey. In an effort to create a safer environment onboard, some carriers introduced social distancing policies, modified boarding procedures and limited inflight service. As airlines embark on the long road to recovery, some have begun scaling back these changes. …

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Economy class on the cheap: getting the best points deals with all three alliances

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Transferable points and miles are great — with transfer partners, they give you tons of different options for redeeming your miles for any route you can dream of. That said, things get confusing when you have so many options — especially when you’re looking for the best deal on a specific type of ticket. For …

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10 years of The Points Guy – 10 big changes in travel in the past decade

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

The Points Guy was launched 10 years ago in June of 2010. It’s been a decade of dramatic change in the business and of dramatic growth for TPG. Here’s just some of the areas of change we’ve seen in the past 10 years: The debut of  bigger airports and airport makeovers New airplane technology and improvements, new liveries …

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Mid-year elite status check: 10 hotels and airlines making it easier to qualify for status

Written by Ariana Arghandewal @ The Points Guy

At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing to publish …

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Hungry for miles? Use these tips to maximize earnings on your next food delivery order

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus outbreak has changed how we eat. In cities around the world, in-restaurant dining is completely shut down, leaving foodies with two options for their restaurant fix: takeout and delivery. I’ve ordered more delivery than I care to admit while quarantining here in New York City. Being a points and …

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How much money do loyalty programs make airlines?

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Travelers go to great lengths in the name of loyalty. Some will even book itineraries with longer travel times, or they will depart from a less convenient airport — all in order to stick with their preferred airline and frequent flyer program. Loyalty is big business for carriers. How big? American Airlines recorded $5.6 billion …

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Jamaica is open for tourists again, but only if you follow all of these rules

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. Jamaica reopening After three months of preventative measures designed to …

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Bermuda reopening on July 1 with Americans welcome

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

Bermuda reopening July 1 Bermuda is becoming the latest Caribbean country to roll out the red carpet to Americans again. In fact, tourists from many nations will be able to vacation in Bermuda again come July 1. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. The island will …

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How a recent grad with just one credit card is using points to book a trip to New Zealand

Written by Stella Shon @ The Points Guy

Editor’s Note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. At the start of quarantine, I spent …

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Casualty of 2020: These loyalty programs likely face major devaluations

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped airlines and hotels from making adjustments to their loyalty programs. Though elite members should rest assured that their status is being extended across the board, it’s a different narrative for those looking to earn or redeem their points and miles. That’s because some programs have used the downtime to implement …

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Here’s what points and miles promotions might look like after coronavirus

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

 The novel coronavirus has changed, and in many cases, permanently altered the travel industry. As things begin returning to normal, we’re starting to imagine what travel will look like after the pandemic. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. The travel industry will bounce back. But what will …

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Should you apply for the United Club Infinite card without a sign-up bonus?

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

For those in the market for a new credit card, you are likely not considering a premium travel card with a high annual fee given the current environment. Non-essential travel is still on the back burner, and there currently aren’t any many use cases for lounge access, airfare credits, and other similar perks.  However, what …

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Beat the crowds: See Istanbul in March with Turkish business-class award space for two

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Early spring is an excellent time to visit Istanbul. The weather is warming up, and the Istanbul Tulip Festival is in full swing. Plus, Istanbul’s high tourist season is usually over the summer, so visiting in March allows you to experience fewer crowds and more room to explore an amazing city that spans two continents. …

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Here’s what airline loyalty programs might look like after coronavirus

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

In just a few short months, the coronavirus went from nonexistent to rapidly spreading around the world. In the process, it turned the travel industry upside down, with the TSA reporting record-low passenger numbers and airlines seeking government assistance to stay afloat. And since people aren’t flying, airlines have had to make huge changes to …

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Paying for airline lounge membership with miles: Worth it or a bad deal?

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing …

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You can use United miles to pay for some United credit card annual fees – but should you?

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

In a time when some consumers are short on cash and most aren’t sure when they’ll start traveling again, non-travel redemptions have increased in popularity. Usually, redeeming your points and miles for statement credits and other non-travel redemptions provides much less value than you could get from redeeming for hotel nights or flights. In fact, …

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Elite status extensions: US airline policies that led the way — and some that need improvement

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Because the coronavirus halted all but essential travel, we’ve seen the major U.S. airlines extend elite status through the 2021 program year. Delta, unsurprisingly, was the trailblazer when it made its announcement on Sunday morning, April 6. Since then, the other airlines fell like dominoes. Last week, JetBlue became the final major airline to make …

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TPG Reader Hall of Fame: A ski-lovers honeymoon to Japan worth $37,000+ with points and miles

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing …

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Dreaming of an African safari: How I’ll book my bucket-list trip to Tanzania on miles and points

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

With our feet planted firmly on the ground lately, the TPG team has had plenty of time to dream about traveling again. For me, there are the usual summer plans, like getting back to the Big Apple, lazing on a beach in Spain or going to Denmark for dinner. But with all this time to …

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