2018 Award Travel Acronyms Glossary

As with any new hobby, when you’re just starting out – there’s a lot to learn. One of the questions that come up frequently in our travel community on Facebook is:

What do all of these abbreviations and acronyms mean?

It’s not unreasonable to wonder – in fact, sometimes it feels like reading a foreign language!

So, to help you on your way, we’ve compiled this list of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in the credit card, finance, and travel rewards space.

We’ll continue to update this list: If you think of another to include, drop us a line at team@financebuzz.com with ‘acronym’ in the subject line.

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A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A

A+ or AP – Barclaycard Arrival Plus

AA – American Airlines

AAoA – Average Age of Accounts

AF – Annual Fee

AGC – Amex gift card

Amex – American Express

APR – Annual Percentage Rate

APY – Annual Percentage Yield

AS – Alaska Airlines

AU – Authorized User

AW – AwardWallet

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B

B6 – JetBlue Airways

BA – British Airways

BBB – Better Business Bureau

BB – Best Buy

BCE – Amex Blue Cash Everyday

BCP – Amex Blue Cash Preferred

BGR – Amex Business Gold Rewards

BOA or BofA – Bank of America

BRG – Amex Business Rewards Gold or Best Rate Guarantee

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C

CB – Cash back or Credit Bureau

CBM – Cashback Monitor

CC – Credit Card or Club Carlson

CF – Chase Freedom

CFU – Chase Freedom Unlimited

CK – Credit Karma

CL – Credit Limit or Credit Line

CLI – Credit Limit Increase

CP – Companion Pass (refers to Southwest Companion Pass)

CPM – Cost Per Mile

CPC – Chase Private Client

CPP – Centers Per Point, the monetary value of reward redemptions

CR – Credit report

CS – Chase Sapphire or Credit Sesame

CSP – Chase Sapphire Preferred

CSR – Customer Service Representative or Chase Sapphire Reserve

CU – Credit Union

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D

DC – Debit Card or Citi Double Cash

DD – Direct Deposit

DL – Delta Airlines or Driver's License

DOB – Date Of Birth

Double Dip – combining two benefits or promotions in a single transaction

DP – Data Point

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E

Earn/Burn – slang for earning and redeeming reward points

ECON – Economy Class

ED – Amex Everyday

EDP – Amex Everyday Preferred

EK – Emirates Airlines

EQ – Equifax

EY – Etihad Airlines

EX – Experian

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F

F9 – Frontier Airline

FA – Fraud Alert or Flight Attendant

FACTA – Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act

FB – Facebook

FCRA – Fair Credit Reporting Act

FDIC – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

FR – Amex Financial Review

FT – FlyerTalk forums

FTF – Foreign Transaction Fee

FW – FatWallet

FWIW – For What It’s Worth

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G

GC – Gift Card

GE – Global Entry

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H

HH – Hilton Honors

HP – Hard Pull, an inquiry on your credit that affects your score (as opposed to SP)

HSA – Health Savings Account

HT or H/T – Hat Tip (thanking and/or reporting a source)

HUCA – Hang up, call again (when calling customer service)

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I

IHG – Intercontinental Hotel Group

INK – Chase Ink Credit Cards: Ink Cash, Ink Plus, or Ink Preferred

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J

JB – JetBlue Airways (also ‘B6’)

JAL – Japan Airlines

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K

KE – Korean Air

KL – KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines

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L

n/a

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M

MC – Mastercard

MGC – Merchant gift card

MCGC – Mastercard gift card

MO – Money Order

MR – Membership Rewards, Amex’s loyalty program

MS – Manufactured Spend

MSR – Minimum Spend Requirement

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N

NFCC – National Foundation for Credit Counseling

NFCU – Navy Federal Credit Union

NK – Spirit Airlines

NSCRPA – Nationwide Specialty Consumer Report Agency

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O

OD – Office Depot

OM – OfficeMax

OOP – Out of Pocket Expense

OP – Original Poster (first person to post on a topic)

Open Jaw – A roundtrip ticket with three or more points of departure/arrival

OTA – Online Travel Agency

O/W – One-way airfare

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P

PC – Product Change/Conversion

PO – Post Office

POS – Point of Sale

PP – Priority Pass or PayPal

PRG – Amex Premier Rewards Gold

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Q

n/a

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R

RC – Ritz-Carlton

Recon – the reconsideration line for credit card companies

Rep – Representative

RR – Rapid Rewards, Southwest's loyalty program

RT – Round-trip airfare

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S

SD – Slickdeals

SM – Secured Message

SP – Soft Pull, an inquiry on your credit that does not affect your score (as opposed to HP)

SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest

SSN – Social Security Number

SW – Southwest Airlines

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T

T&Cs – Terms & Conditions

TCB – TopCashback Portal

TIA – Thanks in advance

TR – Travel Rewards or Trip Report

TSA – Transportation Security Administration

TU – TransUnion

TYP – ThankYou Points, Citi’s loyalty program

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U

UA – United Airlines

USB – U.S. Bank

ULCC – Ultra Low-Cost Carrier

US – US Airways

USPS – United States Postal Service

UR – Ultimate Rewards, Chase’s loyalty program

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V

VGC – Visa gift card

VS – Virgin Atlantic

VX – Virgin America

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W

WF – Wells Fargo

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X

n/a

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Y

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary (your outcome may differ from others)

YQ – Fuel surcharges

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Z

n/a

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