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We have until this coming Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to use our British Airways Executive Club miles before they turn into Avios points. For British Airways and short-distance flight awards, this new program is generally a neutral or slightly positive change.

However, if you want to book one of the incredible South American/ Asia awards that I’ve covered over and over again, you need to do it by Wednesday. So I put together a 13 minute video explaining the basics of getting the most out of BA miles and I’m here this weekend to help you all burn as many miles as possible! As always, I’d love for the TPG community to come together and help one another out so we can squeeze as much value as possible out of our British Airways miles.

So, to get things started, please comment with any recent stellar redemption you’ve made using your BA miles and any tips/tricks that helped you book it. I’d love to have a constant flowing discussion helping people think creatively about the many ways BA miles can be valuable. As I mentioned in the video, I’ve received tons of reader emails asking for specific help and as much as I want to respond to each and every email, it would be more beneficial to ask your questions in this open forum so others can learn from the responses as well.

Also, please make sure you read through my 10 part series on using BA miles, which should be a good primer, “even if you are a frequent flyer.”

General tipsPost 1 – Booking BA Awards, Post 2 – Booking Partner Awards, Post 3 – Oneworld Alliance, Post 4 – Taxes and Fees, Post 5 – Household Accounts, Post 6 – Companion Ticket, Post 7 – Using ExpertFlyer for Partner Award Availability, Post 8 – The Art of the Stopover, Post 9 – Leveraging Miles and Cash Redemptions, and Post 10 – Using to Find Oneworld Award Availability

And whenever you redeem, feel free to Tweet me your redemption and hashtag it with #burnbabyburn. Let the games begin!

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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