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  • 1. Beating the System: Travel Pointers for a First Class Lifestyle on a Budget Presented by: Brian Kelly
  • 2. Today’s Topics  Earning      Credit Cards Shopping Portals Dining Programs Buy Miles Finding Cheap Flights  Redeeming       Frequent Flyer Programs Other Considerations When to Buy/Redeem The Beauty of Saver Awards Stopovers and Open Jaws Avoiding Fuel Surcharges  Managing It All  TPG Maximizer
  • 3. Sunday Funday Giveaway
  • 4. #TPGNYT14
  • 5. EARNING!
  • 6. What Makes Up Your FICO Score? Payment History 35% Types of Credit New 10% Credit 10% Amounts Owed 30% Length of Credit History 15%
  • 7. Transferable Point Programs
  • 8. AMEX Membership Rewards Pros:  17 airline partners, 4 hotel partners  Transfer bonuses  Quick transfers post instantaneously  Transfer to anyone Cons:  Loss of partners  Continental (United)  AirTran  6/100 cents per point for transfers to US airlines  Earning portal shut down
  • 9. AMEX Membership Rewards Tips  Star Alliance: Aeroplan (flexible routing, avoid fuel surcharges); ANA (distancebased); Singapore Airlines (one-way)  Oneworld: British Airways (distance-based); Iberia (lower fuel surcharges)  SkyTeam: Delta (partner awards on Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic); Flying Blue (save up to 50% on promo awards)  Non-Alliance: Emirates (upgrades); Hawaiian Airlines (Hilton 1:2)
  • 10. Chase Ultimate Rewards Pros:  No transfer fees  Great customer service  Strong partners Cons:  No transfer bonuses  Limited partners
  • 11. Chase Ultimate Rewards Tips Tips:  Recent United and Hyatt devaluation  British Airways for short-haul flights  Hyatt 30,000 points for Cat 7 hotels and Southwest Companion Pass Angle
  • 12. Starwood Preferred Guest Pros:  Cash & Points  Reward stays count towards elite status  Free transfers to others in your household, transfer bonus  Multiple Airline Partners  Alaska, American, US Airways Cons:  Posting times vary greatly  No shopping portal  Foreign Transaction Fees
  • 13. Co-Branded Credit Cards Pros:  Perks     Free checked bags Elite Status Lounge Access Discounted Awards/Free Nights Cons:  Generally not transferable  Can’t diversify your points  Many perks are the same as elite perks Examples:  American Express: Delta and Starwood  Chase: United MileagePlus Explorer and Hyatt Visa  Citi: American AAdvantage cards, Hilton Reserve
  • 14. Fixed-Value Cards  What are fixed-value cards?  Who are they best for?  Pros  No award blackouts  Earn elite status when using them  Easy to get 1-2.2% in value back  Cons  Expensive tickets cost a lot of points
  • 15. Fixed-Value Cards Barclaycard Arrival (annual fee)  Earn: 2 miles per $1  Redeem: 2.2% for travel, 1% for statement credits Capital One Venture  Earn: 2 miles per $1  Redeem: 1 cent per mile US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa  Earn: 1-3 points per dollar  Redeem: 1.33-2 cents per point for airfare Citi ThankYou Premier  Earn: Bonus categories earn 1-3 points per $1  Redeem: 1.25 cents per point for travel
  • 16. Perks: Elite Miles and Benefits  Elite mileage   Free nights   Citi HHonors Reserve, Hyatt Card Lounge Access   Earn EQM’s with many cards including Citi Exec AAdvantage, Delta Platinum and Reserve, US Airways Mastercard Amex Platinum, Citi Exec AA, United Club, Delta Reserve, Ritz Carlton Airline specific perks  Priority boarding, free checked bags
  • 17. Perks: Category Spending  Travel:   Airfare:   Premier Rewards Gold, Chase Ink Bold/Plus, AMEX Blue Cash and Blue Cash Preferred Dining:   Chase Ink Products (don’t overlook this) Gas:   Premier Rewards Gold, Airline co-branded cards Office Supplies:   Chase Sapphire Preferred, Barclaycard Arrival Chase Sapphire/Sapphire Preferred, Citi Forward and ThankYou Preferred Quarterly Bonuses:  Chase Freedom, Discover It
  • 18. Online Shopping Portals Earn Bonus Miles on Every Purchase  Sign Up  Link FF or hotel account  Click through to merchant and spend! Portals Airlines: Aeroplan, American, British Airways, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic Hotels/Other: Amtrak, Choice Rewards, Hilton, Marriott Credit Cards: Ultimate Rewards, Discover
  • 19. Dining  Dining Programs     Gift Cards   Dining Rewards Network – Airlines, Hotels OpenTable Restaurant.com Purchase from Category Spending Bonus Merchant Chase First Friday  Earn 3X per $1 every month
  • 20. Finding Cheap Flights Using the ITA Matrix Maximize your airfare purchase with the right credit card and portal
  • 21. Finding Cheap Flights theflightdeal.com airfarewatchdog.com flyertalk.com – Mileage Run Forum Maximize your airfare purchase with the right credit card and portal
  • 22. REDEEMING!
  • 23. Frequent Flyer Programs  Delta SkyMiles  Pro:  Partner awards at saver levels  Several credit card and earning options  RTW    280,000 Business Class 180,000 Coach Con  Devaluations  SkyMiles 2015 Changes  No First Class Partner Awards  Blackout Dates  Three-tier award system soon to be five-tier
  • 24. Frequent Flyer Programs  American Airlines  Pro:   Off-peak economy awards  Distance-based Explorer awards  One-way awards   International gateway stopover equals free one-way flights Upgrades from most fare classes Con  Big fees on British Airways
  • 25. Frequent Flyer Programs  United  Pro:   United-operated flights  Low taxes and fees  Good website   One-way awards Australia awards Con  Recent devaluation  Expensive partner awards
  • 26. Frequent Flyer Programs  US Airways  Pro:  Flexible routing rules  Relatively cheap awards    Especially business  North Asia  South Africa  Australia Joining Oneworld March 31/eventually merging with AA Con  Bad website  Several fees  Non-flexible awards rules  No one-way awards  Joining Oneworld March 31/eventually merging with AA
  • 27. Frequent Flyer Programs  British Airways  Pro:  Distance-based awards for short/mid-haul  Several transfer partners    Chase   AMEX Starwood One-way awards Con  Huge fuel surcharges on certain carriers  Large fees on certain awards  Pricey long-haul flights
  • 28. Frequent Flyer Programs  Alaska Airlines  Pro:   Strong mix of partners  One-way awards  Good website/app   Generous award chart for most regions Relatively cheap buy miles program Con  Inability to mix multiple partners
  • 29. Fixed-Value Programs  Jet Blue  1.3 cents  Southwest  1.8 cents (1.4 after March 31 devaluation)  Virgin America  2 cents
  • 30. Stopovers and Open Jaws  What is a Stopover? What is an Open Jaw?  Who Allows What?  American  Delta  United  US Airways  Aeroplan
  • 31. Avoiding Fuel Surcharges  British Airways  Aeroplan  Flying Blue  Iberia  ANA  Korean Air  Singapore
  • 32. Alliance Changes  Joining  US Airways    March 31st Sri Lankan Airlines   Air India  March 31st TAM   Joining  June 2014 Avianca  Summer 2014  Leaving  US Airways  April 2014  March 31st TAM  March 31st  Joining  Garuda Indonesia  March 5th
  • 33. Top 10 Current Deals 1. CITI EXEC AADVANTAGE: 100,000 miles after $10,000 spent in 3 months 2. INK BOLD/INK PLUS: 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months 3. SAPPHIRE PREFERRED: 40,000 points after $3,000 in 3 months + 5,000 points when you add cardholder 4. MERCEDES-BENZ PLATINUM: 50,000 points after $3,000 spent in 3 months 5. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES RAPID REWARDS PREMIER: 50,000 points after $2,000 spent in 3 months
  • 34. Top 10 Current Deals 6. BARCLAYCARD ARRIVAL: 40,000 miles after $3,000 spent in 3months 7. CITI HILTON HHONORS RESERVE: 2 weekend night certificates after $2,500 spent in 3 months 8. CLUB CARLSON PREMIER REWARDS: 85,000 points after $2,500 spent in 90 days 9. US AIRWAYS PREMIER: 40,000 miles after first purchase 10. BUSINESS GOLD REWARDS: 25,000 points after $5,000 in 3 months
  • 35. Introducing… MAXIMIZER
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  • 42. And Remember…