Frequent Flyer Tips for Travelers New to Loyalty Programs

Airlines Offer Bonus Miles for Back-to-School Shopping

Airlines Offer Bonus Miles for Back-to-School Shopping

You may be getting the kids ready to go back to school, but you can also get ready for your next getaway. Pump up your frequent flyer miles or points with back-to-school shopping offers from United MileagePlus, American Airlines AAdvantage and Southwest Rapid Rewards.

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ScoreBig Partners With Airlines to Offer Bonus Miles for Ticket Purchases

ScoreBig Partners With Airlines to Offer Bonus Miles for Ticket Purchases

Discount ticketing website ScoreBig.com has teamed up with United, Southwest, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines to offer frequent flyer miles to people who buy event tickets through its service. ScoreBig’s deals with the airlines are similar, giving ticket-buyers a bonus with their first purchase and miles or points for future ticket sales as well.

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Spirit Bonus Miles and Discount Offers Abound This Summer

Spirit Bonus Miles and Discount Offers Abound This Summer

Spirit Airlines is offering several ways for loyalty program members to earn miles and save money this summer and beyond.

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Earn Miles While Helping Others

Earn Miles While Helping Others

Thanks to partnerships between airlines and charities, you have the opportunity to reap reward miles for your generosity. Call it aviation altruism, if you will.

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Get Big Bonus Miles in Germany

Get Big Bonus Miles in Germany

Whether you’re in the mood for native bratwurst and sauerkraut, or Oktoberfest just isn’t coming soon enough, it might be time for a trip to Germany. There are many ways to earn bonus miles while you’re there, so you’ll be that much closer to your next excursion by the time you get home. So don your lederhosen and say danke schön for bonus miles.

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Earn Bonus Miles From the Middle East to the Far East

Earn Bonus Miles From the Middle East to the Far East

You’re probably already planning your annual summer vacation. Have you considered going someplace you can’t drive to? It might be time to think outside the box and visit a far-flung destination.

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Earn Miles on Your Summer Road Trips

Earn Miles on Your Summer Road Trips

Memorial Day is here and people are packing up and taking off. If you are planning a road trip this summer and would like to pump up your miles in the process, there are several deals to be had.

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Earn Bonus Miles from Top Cell Phone Providers

Earn Bonus Miles from Top Cell Phone Providers

If you’re considering a new cell phone service provider, be sure to take advantage of the wide variety of offers available now at the frequent flyer virtual malls. There are thousands of miles up for grabs for new customers.

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Gifts for Mom and Miles for You

Gifts for Mom and Miles for You

Frequent flyer virtual malls are all abuzz with pollen-filled bonus miles and many other Mother’s Day deals. Although flower purchases offer the most miles per dollar and significant flat-rate bonuses, there are plenty of options for earning extra miles. It’s a win-win situation–a gift for mom and some miles for you.

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Earn JetBlue TrueBlue Points at Home or on the Road

Earn JetBlue TrueBlue Points at Home or on the Road

JetBlue is often credited with raising the bar for the in-flight experience  on board a low-cost airline. In addition to comfort advances and customer service innovations, the airline was one of the first to offer personalized in-flight entertainment for all passengers.

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How and Why to Get a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card

How and Why to Get a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card

Chip credit cards—also known as EMV, for Europay, MasterCard and Visa—have recently become the standard in the U.S. Just about every credit and debit card now comes with a chip, which improves security.

However, U.S. cards typically use chip-and-signature technology, not chip-and-PIN. Chip-and-PIN is the standard in most of the rest of the world. Having a card with chip-and-PIN technology can make traveling abroad much easier. So what’s the difference and where can you get one?

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The True Price of an Award Ticket and How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges

The True Price of an Award Ticket and How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges

If you’re collecting miles and playing the frequent flyer awards game, you’re probably already familiar with the airport taxes, fuel surcharges and other fees that often get added to your ticket. So when you finally earn that “free” flight you’ve been saving up for, you don’t expect it to be completely free.

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Reward Credit Card Lingo

Reward Credit Card Lingo

In our series on points and miles terminology, you’ve learned about the lingo used by airlines, frequent flyer programs and for award bookings. Here are the words you need to know to maximize your points and miles earning through credit cards.

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Frequent Flyer Program Lingo

Frequent Flyer Program Lingo

Air travel is, by necessity, a jargon-filled industry. There are countless technical abbreviations used by pilots, airline officials and aviation geeks, but the lingo used in frequent flyer programs can be equally overwhelming. The dozens and dozens of programs out there tend to each have their own way of approaching these terms.

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Award Booking Lingo: 25 Terms You Need to Know

Award Booking Lingo: 25 Terms You Need to Know

Here’s some lingo you should know when booking an award flight using points or miles. These 25 booking terms can help you sort through the jargon like a pro.

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Flexibility Is the Key to Free Flights

Flexibility Is the Key to Free Flights

One of the most common gripes about frequent flyer programs is that the miles you earn are hard to redeem when you need them. It’s not that airlines want to upset you; it’s just that they don’t want to give away seats they hope to sell. They want to let go only those seats that according to their calculations are going to fly empty anyway. An airline is a commercial enterprise that would rather make money than fly us for free no matter how much we think we deserve it. But if you are flexible, you can make the most of your miles.

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5 Hot Airline Credit Card Bonuses Ending Fast

5 Hot Airline Credit Card Bonuses Ending Fast

Earlier this fall, it looked like we had seen the last of the really high credit card sign-on bonuses for the year. Lufthansa offered 50,000 miles on its co-branded credit card, and Chase finished a big 70,000 point push on its business card, the Chase Ink.

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Cheapest Way to Get to Asia on Miles

Cheapest Way to Get to Asia on Miles

Despite its distance, Asia is remarkably reasonable on miles. If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest option, American Airlines offers off-peak awards to Japan and Korea that require just 50,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip.

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Use These Credit Cards for Your Next Rental Car

Use These Credit Cards for Your Next Rental Car

When you rent a car, you may have a vague worry in the back of your mind that little nagging feeling you get when you don’t quite understand the rules of the game. Rental car companies have tons of terms and conditions, and many of them can leave the consumer holding the bag in case of an accident or damage to the car. Paying for your rental car with the right credit card can offer you some additional protection and peace of mind.

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Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus Program Explained

Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus Program Explained

Similar to Starwood and Deltas Crossover partnership, United and Marriott teamed up last year for RewardsPlus,  a joint venture aimed at offering elite members of both programs reciprocal benefits.

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