One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

American’s Elite Qualifying Dollar Rates for Partner Airlines

Starting in 2017, American Airlines will require potential elite members to meet spending thresholds before earning elite status. For example, in addition to flying 100,000 elite-qualifying miles, travelers will have to earn 12,000 elite-qualifying dollars to reach Executive Platinum status. For those new to airline spending thresholds, you might assume that everything that you pay American Airlines would count…

American Airlines Makes Drastic Change to Mileage Earning Rates on Partners

Back in June, American Airlines announced that it was switching to a revenue-based mileage program effective August 1. However, the carrier didn’t clarify whether or not this change to earning award miles on AA flights would mean changes to earning award miles on partner airlines as well. At the time, American Airlines’ announcement only mentioned that earning award miles on…

Is the Mileage Run Dead?

Mileage runs have long figured into frequent flyers’ strategies, allowing them to earn thousands of redeemable rewards with a single, cheap, long-haul fare. Now that American Airlines is set to become the last major US carrier to switch to a revenue-based earning system, mileage runs may no longer seem like a viable option. TPG Contributor…

Will the AAdvantage Program Waive Revenue Requirements?

TPG reader Alex sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage elite status: “If my address is not in the US, do I still need to meet American’s EQD requirements to earn status in 2017?” After holding its ground for several years, American Airlines recently announced that it will follow Delta and United by adding a revenue component…

Review: JAL Sky Suite 787 Business Class — Tokyo to New York

On his way back from a three-month study abroad adventure in China, TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel tested out JAL’s new Sky Suite 787 onboard the Dreamliner, which he booked with 60,000 American AAdvantage miles. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author). Nonstop routes between Asia and New York have some of the most coveted seats in premium…

Redeem AAdvantage Miles for Flights to Cuba

On Tuesday, the first American Airlines flights to Cuba went on sale. While you weren’t able to redeem AAdvantage miles for these flights at the time, just a couple of days later, American Airlines has opened award bookings for these flights. That said, the process is currently both new and quite complicated. We worked with a few American…

Up to 67% Bonus & 10% Off When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. Last week, American…

Best Routes for AA’s New 7,500-Mile Award Level

TPG Contributor JT Genter takes a look at the best options for using American’s new award level for flights under 500 miles in length. While most of the changes to the AAdvantage program on March 22 were negative, there were also some positive updates. One of these is certainly the addition of the 7,500-mile award level for…

Buy AAdvantage Miles for Just 1.89 Cents per Mile

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. Today, American Airlines…