3 Weeks in France on a College Budget — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Is There a Limit to Free AAdvantage Award Ticket Changes?

TPG reader Sholom sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage award changes: “Is there a limit to how many times I can change an American Airlines award ticket if my origin and destination stay the same?” Whether you’re flying on an award ticket or a paid fare, most airlines impose a fee for changes made to your…

Can I Stack 10% AAdvantage Rebates from Citi and Barclays?

TPG reader Danielle sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage credit card benefits: “The Citi AAdvantage card and Barclaycard Aviator each offer a 10% rebate on redeemed miles. If I have both cards, can I get a 20% rebate?” There’s a lot of overlap in benefits on popular travel rewards credit cards. For example, both the Citi…

Can I Book AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards Both Ways?

TPG reader Kadri sent me a message on Facebook to ask about reduced mileage awards: “With regard to AAdvantage reduced mileage awards, does it matter whether an eligible city is your origin or destination? Also, how many tickets can I get at the lower rate? I’d like to book for my family of four.” American Airlines offers a wide variety…

Can I Still Change AAdvantage Awards After the Devaluation?

TPG reader Ken sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking AAdvantage awards: “If I book a ticket now using American Airlines miles, and then change the date after the devaluation next year, will I have to pay the mileage difference between the old and new award charts?” Last month, American Airlines announced updates to the AAdvantage program…

Top Travel Rewards Cards, American Introduces Premium Economy Cabin & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? December Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Is the AAdvantage Aviator Spending Bonus Worthwhile?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message on Facebook to ask about a credit card bonus offer he received: “I got an email from Barclays offering a bonus of 30,000 miles for spending $2,500 on my Aviator card each month from December through May. Is it worthwhile?” While credit card sign-up bonuses get most of the attention, card…

How Can I Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Flights to Europe?

TPG reader Ashkan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Transatlantic award travel: “I earned 75,000 AAdvantage miles from the Citi Executive card. Now that I have them, how do I get to Europe without paying the high surcharges on British Airways?” Fuel surcharges are a chronic nuisance to award travelers, as they can quickly diminish the value…

Does My Airline Elite Status Come with Lounge Access?

TPG reader Lydia sent me a message on Facebook to ask about lounge access: “I will soon reach AAdvantage Platinum status and wanted to make sure I understand the benefits. Will I get access to the Admirals Club or other lounges?” I’m a big fan of the AAdvantage program and I’ve found plenty of reasons to love Executive Platinum status…