British Airways Adjusts Avios Part Payment Program

Through the Avios Part Payment program, British Airways allows its members to use Avios to reduce the price of a paid fare. Generally, the rate has yielded a savings of about 1 cent per Avios, but BA has run promotions to raise the redemption rate as high as 2.55 cents for certain deals. A couple of months ago, British Airways…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Seattle-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Seattle….

5 Money-Saving Tips For Traveling Around Europe

Today, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips and tricks for using points and miles for getting around Europe. (All photos are by the author unless otherwise noted.) Chances are, you’re planing to visit more than one European city — or country — while you’re in the area. If you’ve managed to bank a ton…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

Redeem Avios for 1.5 Cents Each on Paid British Airways Bookings

British Airways just announced a new promotion for using British Airways Avios to offset part of the cost of British Airways bookings. Rather than getting the standard 1 cent per Avios savings, now through May 17, you’ll save 1.5 cents per Avios. Even better, this promotion allows you to apply more Avios to your booking than normal. The…

Do Airline Credit Cards Pair Well with Transferable Points?

TPG reader Logan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline credit cards: “What are your views on using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card in tandem with the British Airways Visa? Does it make sense to have both?” It’s important to have a credit card strategy that matches your award travel goals. I often…

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…

Last Chance to Book Short-Haul Flights for 4,500 Avios

As announced back in October, British Airways will soon remove the 4,500-Avios option for one-way nonstop flights less than 650 miles on partner flights “originating or terminating” in the US. However, there’s still time to take advantage of this sweet spot on the British Airways award chart before it goes away; you can make bookings using the current award chart through February 2. Wondering which…

Buy Iberia Avios for Just 1.05 Cents Each

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa Groupon.es is currently selling Iberia Avios at incredible rates. There are four different options available: 2,000 Avios for 19 euros (~$21; 1.05 cents apiece) 4,000 Avios for 49 euros (~$53, 1.35 cents apiece) 8,000 Avios for 99 euros (~$108,…

Booking Aer Lingus with Points and Miles

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s largest airline, is one of the most popular ways to get to Dublin and beyond. Until the carrier joins with British Airways and Iberia in using Avios next year, it still requires a bit of savvy to book award flights. TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to book award travel on Aer…