What Are Points & Miles Worth? February 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?” That question 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—both…

How to Maximize Miles with Alliances and Airline Partners

Freqeunt flyer miles would be a lot less interesting if you could only use them on one airline. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use airline partners for award flights just about anywhere you want to go. Most frequent flyers have heard of the major airline alliances: SkyTeam, Oneworld,…

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…

Will US Airways Tickets Booked Before Merger Be Valid After?

TPG reader Christina sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I have a question regarding the 110,000 mile US Airways round the world ticket in business class. Do I have to complete my travel before the merger with American Airlines, or do I simply need to book my ticket before then?” Some time during the second quarter…

1,000 Free Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska & AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Travel Between the United States and Germany You can earn double AAdvantage miles for eligible Business class and select Economy class fares between the US and Germany. The airlines participating in this promotion are…

2015 Updated Mileage Bonuses for Fidelity Brokerage Accounts

When it comes to earning points and miles, lucrative credit card sign-up bonuses aren’t the only way to score big. Online brokerages frequently offer airline miles as incentive to earn your business. I’ve personally been able to take advantage of two 50,000 mile bonuses offered by Fidelity Investments for new brokerage accounts, boosting both my Delta SkyMiles and…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Tokyo

Tokyo is having a moment. It seems like every other day readers are asking how to use their miles to get there, whether it’s to experience cherry blossom season or check out new hotels like the Andaz, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a handy guide for using miles to get to the Japanese…

My AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card Welcome Packet Arrives

Last October, Barclaycard revealed its plans to convert existing US Airways Premier World MasterCard accounts to the new AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard or the AAdvantage Aviator Red card following the imminent merger of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs. Last month, Barclaycard began sending upgrade invitations to existing cardholders. While the actual card won’t arrive until later this year, last week…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

How to Challenge for AAdvantage Platinum Status

As the Elite Status year ends and renews on March 1, many frequent flyers are scrambling to maintain status on a variety of airlines. Today, TPG’s COO Leigh Rowan explains how he’s gunning for American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum status—even though he hasn’t stepped on an AA plane in over a year. Like many faithful TPG…