Can I Convert Amex Membership Rewards to AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Randy tweeted me to ask about points transfers: @thepointsguy– “How easy is it to convert American Express Membership Rewards points to American Airlines miles?” I think the American Airlines AAdvantage program has some of the most valuable frequent flyer miles out there. American has fairly low redemption thresholds (especially in first class to places like Asia),…

11 Reasons to Love AAdvantage and Executive Platinum Status

It’s no secret that I’m an American Airlines loyalist. Living in Miami, American is the obvious choice, but beyond that I think AAdvantage elite status is incredibly valuable even if you don’t live in a hub city. I value Executive Platinum status well above the top-tier equivalent with United or Delta, and I feel the same about…

Citi Prestige or AAdvantage Executive — Which Card Is Best?

The competition in the credit card market is so fierce, sometimes card issuers end up competing with themselves. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele compares two of Citi’s premium travel rewards cards to see which one presents the best value to cardholders. Citi has been putting forth a great effort to capture more of the extremely lucrative and competitive travel rewards credit…

The Many Flavors of Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator

Now that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs have merged, the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is getting a makeover. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explores the new options for cardholders, and explains why keeping at least one account open might be a good idea. The US Airways Dividend Miles program had a good run,…

Should I Earn AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles or Points?

TPG reader Max had this question about earning status on American Airlines: “What’s the difference between American elite-qualifying miles versus points?” The recent merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into American Airlines AAdvantage has created a lot of changes for flyers, including how elite upgrades work. There are no more freebies for Silver, Gold and Platinum Dividend…

Starwood Giveaway, Delta Australia Fare Sale, Bonus AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  SPG Launches “Hear The Music” Concerts & Contests Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could win prizes like concert tickets, 50,000 Starpoints, or free trips. Earn one entry for every two nights booked through spg.com or the…

Should I Give My Loyalty to American Instead of Delta?

TPG reader Darcy asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “I’m based in the Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale area and I currently have over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Should I go ahead and use those miles since I’m now based in Miami, or should I hold on to them and continue to earn more with my Amex Delta…

Last-Minute Upgrade Strategies on US Airways

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority (for the next few days, at least!) on US Airways. It’s…

Top Credit Cards, Bonus AA & US Airways Miles, Orbitz Credit

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015 Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are…

Can I Earn AAdvantage EQMs By Booking Tickets for Others?

TPG reader Todd emailed me to ask: “Can I earn American Airline EQMs or points by booking tickets for others? I may have occasions where I purchase tickets for my wife and son, and want to maximize my EQMs/points if possible.” Todd, your wife and son will always earn the Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) for…