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For the Locals: Alaska Airlines Club 49

The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has a unique program-within-a-program that is exclusively available to the 735,000-plus residents of Alaska: Alaska Airlines Club 49.

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Miles and Points Transfer Options

One of the most powerful tools you have when it comes to making the most of your miles and points is the strategic use of transfers.

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Miles & More Premier World MasterCard Credit Card Review

Who Is the Miles & More Premier World MasterCard Credit Card Good For?

Booking directly with Miles & More award miles is the easiest way to get in Lufthansa’s coveted first class cabin, for which seats only open for partner airlines’ frequent flyer bookings two weeks before departure, and SWISS first class, which is only open to Miles & More members.

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Airline Award Ticket Change Policies and Fees

Booking award tickets isn’t the easiest thing in the world. For true peace of mind, you would have to book far in advance–ideally 330 days out to guarantee availability. With nearly a year before travel though, things can happen that could impact your trip, so its important to know what the airlines policy is on award ticket changes and the types of fees they’ll incur.

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Orlando Flight Redemption Sweet Spots

Orlando Flight Redemption Sweet Spots

Many frequent flyer gurus will tell you to never use your hard-earned miles to book a domestic award ticket. While it’s true that there may be more value when booking a first class ticket to somewhere exotic like Bali, there is definitely a time and place to spend miles to get to destinations closer to home.

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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.

But oneworld alliance airlines or at least the ones most relevant to North American travelers seem to have gotten together and decided that they really like the business that credit cards bring them. British Airways, American Airlines and US Airways have all thrown out 50,000 mile sign-on bonuses.

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How to Book United Airlines Awards

As one of the three major domestic carriers, United can take you nearly anywhere you want to go in the U.S., and its partner network, including the powerful 27-member Star Alliance, can get you most places in the world.

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Frontier EarlyReturns Program Review

Frontier is a love-it or hate-it airline. Although it’s not quite in the same league as its domestic low-cost competitor Spirit, which recently solicited hate mail from travelers in exchange for 8,000 miles, Frontier is unapologetic about its high fees. Those fees allow them to offer low fares for people who want them, and a higher price for people who are happy to pay to be comfortable.

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Amex EveryDay Credit Card Review

Who Is the Amex EveryDay Credit Card Good For?

After years of research, in 2014 American Express launched a new card aimed at an entirely different demographic than the company that practically patented the term “platinum” was known for: a credit card for your average Joe.

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How to Redeem the Alaska Airlines Companion Voucher

Every year Alaska Visa Signature cardholders get a present in the mail: a voucher for a $99 coach companion fare. This voucher is a nice bonus that helps offset the $75 annual fee. The physical voucher is more of a formality, since Alaska stores these electronically on the cardholders Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account.

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Premium Class Flights to Australia

Finding premium award seats to Australia is not easy. They are considered the ultimate prize in frequent flyer circles because the flights are long and the award seats are scarce. And also because business and first class travel on Qantas, the Australian flagship carrier, is great. It rivals premium seats from the best airlines in the world, including Singapore, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates.

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How to Book Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Awards

Though it is known for its high fuel surcharges, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is actually a very versatile program offering many ways to earn miles and access high quality flights.

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ANA Mileage Club Program Review

All Nippon Airways, or ANA, is a Japanese airline in the powerful Star Alliance, which includes North American carriers United and Air Canada. Don’t confuse ANA’s versatile award program, Mileage Club, with the similarly named Mileage Bank offered by the other major Japanese airline, JAL.

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United MileagePlus Club Card Credit Card Review

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Who Is the United MileagePlus Club Card Good For?

As far as airline co-branded credit cards go, the United MileagePlus Club Card is something that people talk about surprisingly infrequently. Is that because it is a poorly constructed product? No, it’s just a premium product that is not a good fit for many United travelers because of its cost.

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How to Redeem the British Airways Travel Together Ticket

British Airways Avios can be a difficult reward currency to maximize, with a distance-based award chart and massive fuel surcharges overseas. You can certainly get value out of short-haul awards on partner carriers, but what if you’re more interested in international travel?

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SPG Nights & Flights Award Funds Christmas in Hamburg

SPG Nights & Flights Award Funds Christmas in Hamburg

For as long as I have known about the Starwood Preferred Guest program, I have been captivated by its Nights & Flights option. For 60,000 Starpoints, you get five nights at a category three hotel a mix of Four Points, Aloft and Sheraton hotels, with some Westins and 50,000 airline miles.

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Program Review

Cathay Pacific is the main carrier for China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, so it might not seem to be the best fit for flyers based in North America. But if you need to do a lot of travel to Asia from the U.S., it’s a very safe bet: It won the 2014 Skytrax Award for Worlds Best Airline.

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Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Credit Card Review

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Who Is the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card From American Express Good For?

The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card seems to have two big drawbacks right off the bat: namely, the low sign-up bonus and the very high credit score required. These are actually indicators of the audience the card is intended for: people who spend several thousand dollars per month on their credit cards and appreciate a card with luxury perks.

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How to Redeem the US Airways Companion Ticket

The US Airways Companion Ticket is a great perk of the US Airways Premier World MasterCard issued by Barclays. Cardholders get the companion certificate after every card anniversary as an incentive to keep the account open. This perk will be discontinued in 2015 due to the carriers merger with American Airlines, but the merged airline is expected to offer a similar benefit when that happens.

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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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