Aeroplan Devaluation Coming in December

After some program devaluations in 2014, Air Canada’s Aeroplan will soon institute a few more. The current program is one of the best ways to book premium tickets to Europe — especially for booking Star Alliance flights to Europe in premium cabins, such as Lufthansa first class to Frankfurt, which currently requires just 62,500 Aeroplan miles, plus roughly $450…

How To Book Award Flights with Air Canada Aeroplan

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Aeroplan miles to book the flights you want. Our neighbors to the north are nothing if…

10 Ways to Use the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Sign-Up Bonus

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses can be for earning award travel, but it’s important to understand how to redeem those points once you get them. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some great uses for the sign-up bonus from one popular Amex Membership Rewards card. American Express made some big changes…

Learning to Book Partner Awards: TPG 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 made possible by points and…

How to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. It combines the Old World grandeur…

Can I Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to Lufthansa?

TPG reader Maria had this question for me: “Can I transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Lufthansa? They have an incredible deal with flights to Europe in business class for 55,000 miles.” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Amex points do not transfer to Lufthansa. However, you can book Lufthansa flights by transferring points to one of the three…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

Aeroplan Partner Point Conversion Bonus: Up To 25,000 Miles

Now through April 27, Aeroplan is running one of its periodic partner point conversion bonuses where Aeroplan members can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles by transferring points from their loyalty accounts with Aeroplan’s partners into their Aeroplan accounts. You can find all the details at this promo page. How the Bonus Works As usual,…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part One

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights even with a relatively small number of miles. Part of what first drew me to The Points Guy and award travel in general…

Delta One-Way Awards, Alaska Award Sale, Bonus Aeroplan Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Delta One-Way Awards Now Bookable As of January 1, 2015, you can now book one-way award tickets on Delta Air Lines using SkyMiles. Saver level domestic one-way awards will start at 12,500 miles. Unfortunatately, stopovers on award tickets will no longer…