Maximizing Distance-Based British Airways Awards in 2016

Devaluations over the years have made it a bit more challenging to maximize your British Airways Avios, but the Executive Club still offers some great redemption offers. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you some of the sweet spots in the carrier’s distance-based award chart. Here at TPG, we always stress…

Deal Alert: British Airways Vacation Packages to Europe from $799

British Airways is offering flyers the chance to book flights and vacation packages for travel to Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Nice, Paris and Rome between now and Spring 2017. The deals include the option of just air travel or vacation packages, which include a five-night hotel stay. In addition, you can choose to fly in either BA’s…

Should You Get the British Airways Card Now or Wait?

Until recently, the British Airways Visa Signature Card offered a sign-up bonus that could earn you a total of 100,000 Avios. That offer recently ended though, and you may be wondering if it’s still worth signing up. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains the pros and cons of applying now. The British…

Review: British Airways A380 World Traveller Economy — Johannesburg to London

In late-January, TPG Contributor Katie Genter completed an Austin (AUS) — Johannesburg (JNB) — Houston (IAH) mileage run in her quest to earn AA Executive Platinum status by June. For the third long-haul leg, she flew on a British Airways A380 from JNB to London-Heathrow (LHR). Here’s her review of British Airways’ World Traveller Economy product….

Is My Companion Ticket Valid If I Cancel My Credit Card?

TPG reader Steven sent me a message on Facebook to ask about companion fares: “Will I lose my Travel Together Ticket from British Airways if I cancel my card, or does it stay with my Avios account?” There are a number of rewards credit cards that offer airline companion tickets either as a standard benefit or as a reward for spending. Some…

Top Card Offers, Virgin America Acquisition, Alaska Airlines Perks & 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:…

Review: British Airways 747-400 Economy — London to Johannesburg

In late January, TPG Contributor Katie Genter completed an Austin (AUS) — Johannesburg (JNB) — Houston (IAH) mileage run. For the second long-haul leg, she flew on a British Airways 747-400 from London Heathrow (LHR) to JNB. Here’s her experience in World Traveller Economy on this British Airways flight. (All photos are by the author.)…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2016

It’s time for my monthly roundup of the best travel credit card offers currently available, and April is turning out to be an exciting month! American Express announced a limited-time historically high sign-up bonus on its Hilton Surpass card, while Barclaycard launched its new JetBlue cards and the Starwood-Marriott merger appears to back on again….

Review: British Airways 777-200 Club World Business Class — London to Austin

For the return flight home from their trip to Madrid, TPG Contributors JT and Katie Genter flew in British Airways’ 777-200 Club World business class from London Heathrow (LHR) to their hometown of Austin (AUS). (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) After a wonderful week and a half enjoying Christmas and New Year’s in Spain, it was…

Airlines Waive Fees in Wake of Brussels Attacks

Following Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, the US Department of State has issued a Europe Travel Alert to all US travelers, outlining the risks associated with visiting the continent as well as ways to stay safe abroad. The somewhat broad warning for travelers expires on June 20 and advises that all travelers take precautions when traveling in Europe. You can…