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AMSTERDAM, October 4th, 2016 – SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has introduced an online, retroactive credit tool to make it easier for frequent flyers to keep their account balances up-to-date. Already available across most of SkyTeam’s 20 members, the tool works in real-time to validate retroactive requests for eligible flights in a matter of clicks.
The new tool eliminates the need for manual processing of post-travel claims such as when a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) number has not been entered into a reservation. Customers simply log into their FFP account, enter their flight details and the system validates the request in seconds. Eligible flights are credited to their account automatically and retroactive requests can be made as little as one week after the date of travel – the shortest time frame in the industry.
“We are offering a fast, simple and seamless way to claim missing miles across the alliance for our more than 200 million frequent flyers,” said Michael Schutzbank, SkyTeam’s Director for Customer Loyalty. “Uncredited flights can make a difference when it comes to a customer’s status level or being able to claim an award ticket, but this quick and easy solution ensures our frequent flyers benefit from every mile flown.”
“SkyTeam’s new retroactive credit tool is another example of how our alliance is leading the industry in customer-centric innovation,” said Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam’s CEO and Managing Director. “Loyalty is a key focus for SkyTeam. We greatly value our frequent flyers and our ongoing investment in technology will continue to deliver value both for customers and our member airlines by enhancing every aspect of the travel experience.”
Offering aligned customer benefits alliance-wide is a priority for SkyTeam and the remaining airlines will be implementing the new tool over the coming months. SkyTeam was also the first airline alliance to deliver a consistent series of airport benefits across its network, when it launched SkyPriority in 2012.
|Each month the Air France / KLM group posts a number of ‘PROMO AWARDS‘ online on their website. These awards offer substantial discounts on the normal mileage rates required and are a great way to maximize your benefits from your mileage account.
This month’s Business class savings range from 25% to 50% savings over the normal mileage price.
What’s the catch? Well like all great savings, there is always conditions. The
biggest condition are the dates :
Booking must be made between : 1st/Aug/2016 – 31st/Aug/16
Travel must occur between : 1st/Oct/2016 – 30th/Nov/2016
You may have dreamed about flying on Etihad–one of the world’s most luxurious airlines–but thought it was out of reach. Until now, the only way to book EY award seats was with EY Guest or AAdvantage points, which you could only earn by flying and could not transfer credit card points. Just last week, American Express announced a new partnership with Etihad Guest, which means you can now transfer your Amex points to your EY account! Don’t have one? Sign up today and plan your next trip on this 5-star airline.
See the article below for details and links to Etihad and American Express so you can take advantage of this fantastic program! Learn more
Even though AA has recently devaluated it’s mileage program, it has made a few positing changes. The airline has increased the number of miles earned on Qatar flights when traveling in Economy
and Business class. And with Qatar adding new routes, it gives you a chance to earn and spend more miles on this top-rated airline. Learn more
Another great change AA has made is now you can fly to India and Maldives without having to cross the Atlantic. You can save stops and time by flying across the Pacific instead. Plus you can fly on Cathay Pacific, rated one of the best airlines in the world, under the new program. Learn More
If you missed the information on AA’s devaluation of it’s miles, you can get all the details here.
Earning credit cards points that you can transfer to your favorite airline’s award program is the fastest way to accumulate enough miles for your trip. Knowing which credit card gives you the most points can be hard to figure out since the offers and rewards are always changing. Chase offers three cards that you will want to sign up for this year if you don’t already have them. The Sapphire Preferred, Freedom, and Ink Plus are must haves if you want to maximize your earnings. Here are just five reasons to use Chase:
By using Chase cards for you everyday expenses, including travel, you can earn over $4,000 cash back in your first year as a card member. Find all the details here.
Award programs are notorious for changing rules and devaluing miles. Aeroplan recently made changes to their award chart, increasing miles needed for routes between the USA/Canada to Europe and South America. On the bright side, they changed their “round trip” rule and now allow one-way reward flights between any regions. Great news if you are traveling one way and your trip doesn’t include the US or Canada. Aeroplan is still a great program to use as you can use your miles for any Star Alliance partner.
AA is following suit by changing their awards chart in March. While it’s not all bad news, there are definitely some advantages to booking some award flights now, before the cost goes up. While some routes are actually going down, other routes (USA to Asia, Europe and the South Pacific) are increasing. American Airlines has a pretty friendly change policy, and that will remain the same, so if you’re thinking about planning a trip, book now and you should be able to change dates later without incurring change fees and mileage increases. Make sure to check out the fine print before you book.
Even if you missed booking with Aeroplan before December, the Points Guy gives some great tips on how to get great flights. For details on the changes to Aeroplan and AAdvantage programs, read these articles:
“Tis the season….to spend money! Let’s face it, this time of year is typically when our credit cards get the most use. So why not use the cards that will give you the best rewards and bonuses for your purchases.
This article highlights the best cards to use to maximize your return. Chase, Citi Bank and American Express cards are always at the top of the list so make sure to take advantage of bonus offers they are offering now if you don’t already have one (or all) of these cards.
With these cards you can earn points that you can turn into miles on your favorite airlines. Then you can get the best flights for a fraction of the cost of buying the tickets! If you’re short a few miles or need miles with a different airline, we can help you, just give us a call.
Retail stores aren’t the only ones vying for your business this holiday season. Airline, hotel and credit card programs are all offering tons of bonuses and discounts. Just like with retail “deals”, sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s really a good deal or just an offer to suck you in! (more…)
It’s getting close to the end of the year, and it’s a great time to go over your mileage and credit card accounts. You want to make sure you have reached your minimum spending requirements and to make sure you have been credited all points due to you. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t have any award points expiring. There are ways to keep points from expiring so make sure you check out the facts so you don’t lose them!
Thanks to some newly formed agreements between various travel partners, you can earn extra bonus points this November. Chase has announced a new offer for holders of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, the United MileagePlus Explorer Card and the United MileagePlus Club card. The Double Stay, Double Go promotion allows you to earn extra points when you use these cards interchangeably. Use your Marriott card on United or your United card for Marriott and you automatically earn double points!
As usual, there are tips and tricks for getting the best return on this offer. The Points Guy has once again done all the number crunching to give you the best strategies when taking advantage of this offer. For more information, read the entire article here.
Uber is known for its smart and easy way to catch a ride in hundreds of cities all over the world. Now, Uber has partnered with several credit card companies to offer bonus points and credits.
Capital One Quicksilver card holders will enjoy 20% off Uber rides from now until next April. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers 2x points on all Uber rides. Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn up to 4 points per $1 spent with Uber!
With more cities offering Uber, and more companies partnering with them, now is the time to start earning rewards with Uber! If you haven’t tried them yet, you can usually get a free ride to check them out. For details on all the Uber perks, check out The Points Guy or visit uber.com.
It might seem like a good idea to share your rewards credit card with your spouse or other family member. After all, two can spend more quickly than one, thus earning more points more quickly, right? Not always! When you factor in the sign-up bonus, it makes more sense for each family member to get his or her own card. With bonuses of 40,000 to 80,000 points or more, it would take a lot of time and spending to accumulate that many points on one card. However, keep in mind that each card has a minimum spend before you can actually get the bonus points. So if your monthly expenses won’t get you to the minimum spend by yourself, you would definitely want to consider adding an authorized user.
If you are new to the travel award game, you may be a little overwhelmed and confused about where to start. While there are many ways to earn points, sometimes it’s best to look at what you want out of your points before deciding which card to get.
For example, there are different cards that will make award travel during the holidays or peak seasons a little easier. Other cards make it easier to redeem upper class flights. The right card to use can also depend on where you are going–domestic, South America or other International destinations. Other cards might be better to use when traveling in coach or booking hotels. The game can be daunting, but our friends over at The Points Guy have put together a great list of cards that will help you figure out which ones are right for you and your travel.
Check out the article here and call us if you have any questions or need help booking your travel or purchasing additional miles;
Getting started in the miles and points game can be difficult. There are so many different cards and awards and fees and rewards that it can be really frustrating trying to figure it all out. But once you do, you will be well on your way to earning valuable points and miles that you can redeem for flights, hotels, cash, or other rewards. The best part is that you don’t have to choose just one program to help you reach your goals. You can have a variety of cards and programs and you can still rack up your earnings and rewards. (more…)
Most major airlines belong to one of three alliances: Star Alliance, Oneworld or Skyteam. What this means is that you can usually earn and spend miles for different airlines within the same alliance. For example, United Airlines and Thai Airlines are members of the Star Alliance. So while you may not have miles with Thai Airlines frequent flyer program, you can use your United miles to book Thai flights. This means there are plenty of options for booking flights outside your own frequent flyer program. (more…)
Graduation is over and many new young adults will be starting college. Whatever they major in, one thing is for sure: they will get lots of credit card offers! It can be confusing to navigate all of the offers and tempting for them to accept them all. It is a great time for them to start establishing credit but of course they need to do it right. It’s also a great time for them to learn about credit card bonuses and frequent flyer award miles. Taking advantage of the right offers will help them maximize their bonuses and earn points and miles while building their credit. Here are the top 7 ways for a student to rack up points and miles, according to The Points Guy:
For most of the year, points and miles that you earn through credit cards seem to be a great source of free benefits. Each year, however, the annual fee must be paid, and we are reminded that these benefits are not actually free. In an effort to retain your business, many companies offer annual bonuses for renewing your account, such as extra points or free nights at a certain hotel chain. We took a look at these bonuses, and determined which ones were sweet enough to justify the annual fee. Here are three of our favorites: (more…)
Credit card companies offer a wide array of bonus points and on-going benefits in an effort to obtain and keep you as a valued customer. Many of these cards offer up to 50k in bonus points, worth at least $600. We can help you earn up to $12,000 per year by helping you sign up for unique offers on select cards.
Which of these programs have the best benefits and value and which ones simply aren’t worth the annual fees they charge? We have reviewed the top cards and their bonus offers to see which ones give you the most bang for your buck! (more…)
The Frugal Travel Guy had a great article recently about how to save your frequent flyer miles and rewards program points in order to never let another mile or point go to waste, ever!
He came up with three great pieces of advice for saving your miles and points: (more…)
For people that have been in the miles and points game for a while, it may seem like second nature when faced with which card to use on different types of purchases. However, besides recently opened credit cards that have a minimum spend that must be met in order to receive the sign-up bonus, do you really know the best card to use for non-bonus categories? (more…)
When you first start researching what credit card rewards program will give you the most bang for your buck, you are likely to become quite overwhelmed with the choices available to you. But have no fear! With a little exploring and analysis, you can begin earning miles and soon become a miles expert! (more…)
Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program recently announce to its members they can now redeem miles for ClassicFlight and Market Fare awards in the Premium Economy cabin (this includes larger seats, meal service, enhanced amenities as well as priority airport services).
American citizens can also sign up for Air Canada’s co-branded Aeroplan TD Visa Signature program and earn a sign-up bonus of 25,000 miles.
Please note, Aeroplan miles will not expire as long as there is at least one accumulation or redemption of miles every 12 months.
To read more about this new offer, check out The Points Guy’s recent article.
The Points Guy came out with a great article recently highlighting the “Ten Commandments for Travel Rewards Credit Cards”. Here’s a few of the commandments from the article:
Getting the most value from your points and/or miles can be very complicated and time-consuming, regardless of whether you’re new to the game or a veteran.
Want to cash in on the points and/or miles you currently have?
Simply fill out the form on the right to see how much you can get for your miles or points.
To see the other “commandments” check out this article from The Points Guy.
Tired of only earning 1 or 2 points or percent back on purchases? Different cards return a number of dissimilarly-valued rewards based on what and where you’re buying, card limits, rewards program, minimum spend, to name a few variants.
Believe it or not, there are a variety of corporate American Express cards that allow you, barring your company’s internal travel policies, to link your corporate Amex Card to your personal Membership Rewards card(s) for only $95 a year.
Get the most out of your everyday business and personal purchases by earning Chase Ultimate Rewards Points. There are three different Chase cards available, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus, used to earn points that can then be redeemed for airline miles, hotel points or cash! Want to learn additional ways to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points? Visit cardwatchdog.com/blog/ to check out the varying earning potentials of the aforementioned cards and take advantage of all the perks that Chase offers you!
Thinking of making a trip to Vienna, Austria this summer? You may never have a better opportunity than this! For an exclusive time, United Airlines is offering MileagePlus members the ability to earn double miles on nonstop direct flights from New York/Newark (EWR) and Vienna, Austria (VIE). Hurry because the offer ends September 30th. To learn more about this exciting offer, check out this article from frequentflier.com or read up on the terms and conditions to make sure you qualify, here.
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Singapore Airlines frequent flyer program, KrisFlyer Miles, has created a new online shopping portal world called “Spree.” On this portal you will find great deals for earning bonus KrisFlyer Miles. And did we mention that you can even do it as a guest? One of the best deals is for a basic membership to LifeLock, a credit and personal information monitoring service, slightly discounted from $10 to $9 but also includes 17,077 KrisFlyer Miles as well! Check out other details regarding this offer here.
Million Miles Secrets is a great blog that helps travelers earn and redeem airline miles and points. In a recent article from their site, they give a rundown on a promotion from Chase that gives you, the traveler, a 10% bonus on all Chase Freedom points earned in 2014, provided you have a Chase checking account. The points you earn can be redeemed for cash or transferred to partner airlines or hotels. Discover all the benefits you can receive from this promotion here.
Check out these amazing Rewards Programs and their sign-up bonuses and start earning extra miles at participating restaurants and bars across the globe!
A few highlights:
Don’t hesitate, many programs have deadlines for when you need to sign up by, check them out today!
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There are many well-known ways to earn airline rewards points, like using your credit card at certain restaurants, staying at particular hotels, and shopping at specific online websites, but if you’ve outgrown these basic strategies, it may be time for you to look into more advanced earning methods.
One example of an expert technique offered by The Frugal Travel Guy is to purchase a gift card at a retailer offering a high or bonus amount of reward points and then to use the gift card to buy whatever item you actually want to buy at a different retailer. He explains that instead of just paying for a coffee at Starbucks with his credit card, he would go to Staples and buy a Starbucks gift card with his Ink Bold card before heading over to Starbucks to use the gift card on the coffee. This way, he wound up earning 5 points per dollar instead of the 1 that he would’ve earned had he just paid with his credit card at Starbucks.
If you have the time to develop and execute advanced strategies like this one, then you have the ability to earn many times more reward points than you currently are. If you would like to get a jump start on earning extra by buying reward points or if you have unused points that you’d like to sell, contact us today!
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Collecting airline miles to use on flights is one thing, but what if you want to use those miles for another mode of transportation, say a train, for example? One airline that is now offering rewards members the opportunity to do this is British Airways.
Not only are British Airways Avios some of the simplest points to collect, but they are also extremely versatile and can be redeemed for many rewards, including Eurostar train network tickets. Eurostar connects the UK, France, and Belgium and the speed and ease of train travel makes redeeming your Avios for Eurostar instead of a flight worthwhile. The Points Guy also notes free or discounted children’s tickets, free luggage, and the lack of taxes or fees as reasons in support of selecting the train service over a flight.
If you’re looking into a trip to Europe and would like to buy points that can be redeemed for train tickets, contact us today!
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With so many different types of travel rewards programs today, it can be tempting to choose just one for simplicity’s sake. However, this may not be the best strategy. According to this article from The Points Guy, diversifying your rewards program portfolio, just like you would your investments, is a great way to maximize the flexibility of your points.
The Points Guy received a question about the value of collecting hotel points instead of airline miles in the wake of many airlines devaluing their rewards. His answer states that instead of focusing solely on one or the other, travelers should instead enroll in programs with points that are transferrable between hotels and airlines. This way, members can choose to redeem their points for flights or lodging, whichever would be most valuable to them at any given time. Having flexibility with rewards programs also allows members to avoid being hurt by point devaluations from either airlines or hotels.
There are many credit cards that allow points to be transferred between hotel and airline partners, including:
Find out which flyer miles and credit card points strategy is best for you and contact us today!
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If you are a frequent flyer on Southwest Airlines and you have a Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card, you may be aware that Southwest offers a companion pass that can be obtained when you earn 110,000 points or 100 qualifying one-way flights. The Companion Pass allows your spouse, friend, or whoever you want to fly free with you, regardless of whether or not you pay for your ticket with points.
As of yesterday, March 31st, US Airways has left Star Alliance and is now a member of oneworld, a partnership whose member carriers include American Airlines, British Airways, LAN, Japan Airlines, and Iberia, among others. To celebrate this transition, The Points Guy has reported that US Airways is offering a promotion where flyers traveling with oneworld partners can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles between now and June.
The number of points you can earn depends on the number of carriers you fly with. The tiered points system is as follows:
Number of Carriers Bonus Miles
It is important to note that if you fly with the same carrier more than once, you will only get bonus miles for the first flight. Also, US Airways flights do not count towards the promotion. Finally, you must register here and fly by June 30, 2014 in order to qualify for the bonus miles.
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ThePointsGuy.com does a great job of keeping up to date with the travel industry and its constantly-adapting awards programs. A recent article from their website discusses the change details as well as what they mean to you, the traveler. One of the major alterations Delta made was how many miles you earn per dollar spent; it’s now up to 5-11 miles depending on your “elite level” as well as another 2 if you happen to pay with your Delta American Express card. Find out the specific changes at the link below.
There are many well-known ways to earn airline points or miles without actually flying, including dining out at particular restaurants, shopping at certain retailers, and filling out surveys, but did you know that you can now earn points or miles by simply filing your taxes?
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