Maximizing British Airways Avios on Long-Haul Routes

British Airways Avios are prized for the value they offer on short-haul flights, while most frequent flyers ignore them entirely on longer routes. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains why we should rethink that strategy before the upcoming devaluation. There are only a few weeks left until British Airways devalues its award chart. The changes will hit long and medium-haul routes the…

Using Avios for Short-haul Flights from Oneworld Hubs

British Airways Avios have long been valued for short-haul redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how much value you can expect to get by redeeming on Oneworld and other partner airlines from their respective hubs. With the impending Avios devaluation coming next month, and British Airways locking out many Executive Club members and zeroing…

Travel Rewards March Madness Elite Eight: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the second round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Last week, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, which pits some of the most popular redemptions and benefits in the travel industry against one another. Thousands…

British Airways Visa Bonus Categories Changing in May

Chase is notifying British Airways Visa Signature cardholders by letter of an upcoming change to its bonus earning categories. The card currently offers 2.5 Avios per dollar spent with British Airways, and 1.25 Avios per dollar spent elsewhere, but as of April 30, 2015, cardholders will instead receive 3 points per dollar on British Airways, and only 1 point per dollar…

Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…

Flight Review: OpenSkies BizBed Newark- Paris Orly

One of my goals this year was to use my British Airways Travel Together Ticket and I was determined not to let it expire, like it had in the past. I’ve had the British Airways Visa Signature card for over three years now, and I’ve earned the ticket previously by spending $30,000 on the card in a calendar year. The…

Three Tips to Maximize Award Travel to Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, but if a few days of green beer and bagpipes doesn’t satisfy your craving for things Irish, award travel to the motherland isn’t too hard to come by. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers three tips to help you reach the Emerald Isle. There are few destinations in the world we all equally appreciate…

Does the British Airways Visa Make Sense Post-Devaluation?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask: “Does the British Airways Visa still make sense post-devaluation?  I know there are some potentially better options for earning Avios, but the two-for-one and 10% airfare discount are intriguing.” This past week we got some bad news regarding the British Airways Executive Club Program. As of April 28, 2015,…

Buying/Upgrading British Airways Business & Earning AA Miles

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

US Airways Awards Now Bookable on British Airways Website Again

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now temporarily not bookable on the British Airways website, due to a known issue since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American Airlines. However, the good news is that you can once again book US Airways awards through the British Airways website. With the British Airways devaluation coming April…