American’s Website Now Shows How Many Miles You’ll Earn

If you’re an American Airlines frequent flyer — or you simply follow the major US carriers — you know that the AAdvantage program is switching to a revenue-based redeemable mileage-earning system. While it’s generally not the best news for AA flyers, it will benefit those who spend a lot with the carrier. But for those…

11 Cards That Help You Earn Airline Elite Status

Now that we’re almost halfway through the year, how are you doing with elite status? As TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, a number of co-branded airline cards help you earn elite-qualifying miles toward status, while meeting spending requirements on some can even lead to an elite-qualifying dollar waiver. With American Airlines planning…

American Targeting Corporate Travelers with New Status Challenge

Earlier this month, American Airlines announced plans for the future of its AAdvantage program, the main takeaway being that it’s switching to a revenue-based redeemable mileage earning. For now, though, it’s fairly easy to get status quickly — especially if you work for a large corporation. This week, AA began offering a promotion in which flyers with select…

Should I Upgrade to First Class on a Transcon Flight?

TPG reader Lucas sent me a message on Facebook to ask about upgrades: “Is it worth paying 15,000 AAdvantage miles and a $175 copay to move from business to first on American’s A321T transcontinental service? Alternately, I could pay a $515 fare difference.” Domestic first-class service can be pretty lackluster, especially in comparison to the impressive premium cabins available internationally. However, there are…

Which Flights Count Toward a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Jason emailed me to ask about the AAdvantage status challenge: “If I initiate a status challenge with American Airlines, do existing reservations count, or can I only count flights booked after the challenge begins?” Status challenges are a great shortcut to earning elite benefits with both airlines and hotels. By completing a specified amount of travel during the challenge…

Review: Comparing Preferred Economy Seats on AA’s 777-300ER — Dallas to Hong Kong

Earlier this year, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt found a great fare on a round-trip flight between Dallas and Hong Kong and took off on a mileage run to earn Platinum status with American Airlines. Read on for her comparison of two preferred seats in the economy cabin of the 777-300ER. A few months ago, I…

Redeem AAdvantage Miles for Flights to Cuba

On Tuesday, the first American Airlines flights to Cuba went on sale. While you weren’t able to redeem AAdvantage miles for these flights at the time, just a couple of days later, American Airlines has opened award bookings for these flights. That said, the process is currently both new and quite complicated. We worked with a few American…

Deal Alert: Many US Cities to Europe from $493 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Up to 67% Bonus & 10% Off When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, 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. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. Last week, American…

Many American Airlines Flights to Cuba Are Now Bookable

Update: Since this post was originally published, AA has updated its site to allow travelers to book tickets on all of its Cuba routes. Previously, tickets to Santa Clara and Varadero were not bookable. Late last week, the Department of Transportation approved routes for several US airlines — including American Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver, Southwest and Sun Country…