American Airlines Now Selling One-Way Flights to Cuba

Last night, American Airlines dropped the regulations requiring round-trip flights for travel to Cuba. Previously, both award and paid fares “must be booked round-trip with a 90-day maximum stay.” This verbiage was dropped from the website yesterday afternoon, and we were able to confirm with American Airlines that this is indeed a change in policy….

American Adds Higher-Rate AAnytime Award Levels to Certain Routes

Update: AA reached out to clarify that the airline has increased the redemption rates within its existing award levels — technically, these are the same levels that were first referenced in April 2014. Of course, the end result here remains unchanged — you’ll need to redeem many more miles for some awards as American Airlines increases…

My 5 Travel Essentials: Celebrity Chef Daniel Rose

Chef Daniel Rose grew up outside Chicago, but made his name as a chef cooking in Paris, where he owns the game-changing restaurant, Spring, as well as bistros La Bourse et La Vie and the soon-to-open Chez La Vieille. This year he logged tens of thousands of American AAdvantage miles flying back and forth between Paris…

How AA Awards Miles When Booking with Citi ThankYou Points or Through Portals

With American Airlines’ recent switched to a revenue-based system for awarding redeemable miles, many travelers will be seeing lower rewards balances. However, as TPG Contributor JT Genter explains, using Citi ThankYou points to book certain flights could be a good option, as AA seems to be awarding miles for these bookings according to a different…

AA Reduced Mileage Awards for August-November 2016

American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allows you to book discounted travel now through November 2016. Note that the airports for August-September previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by July 31, and the list changed on August 1. Make sure to book award flights for the…

Up to 85,000 Bonus Miles When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to add to your account balance. While it’s increasingly harder to earn miles from flying, 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. If these methods leave you…

The New Way You’ll Earn AAdvantage Award Miles on AA’s Partners

Now that American’s AAdvantage program has made the switch to a revenue-based earning structure, the way you’ll earn both redeemable and elite-qualifying miles on partner carriers has changed quite a bit. Below, TPG Contributor JT Genter explains the new calculations you’ll need to keep in mind. Yesterday marked the end of an era: The American…

Should I Rebook AAdvantage Awards When the Price Drops?

TPG reader Dwayne sent me a message on Facebook to ask about changing award tickets: “If I book an American Airlines award at the standard level and then saver availability opens up, should I rebook at the lower price?” Most airlines charge a fee for changing award tickets, which can become especially costly when traveling with family or in…

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…