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How to Redeem Avios Without Huge Fees and Surcharges

December 18, 2014

Surcharges and fees are the scourge of award travel enthusiasts, but since they’re unlikely to be going away anytime soon, learning how to avoid them can help you make the most of your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers strategies for getting around these extra costs on one of the more egregious offenders: British Airways. British Airways […]

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Are AAdvantage Miles Worth More than British Airways Avios?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I’ve always banked miles earned on British Airways to American Airlines, but am I better off earning Avios and using them for American flights?” With so many airline partners these days, you have a lot of choices when deciding which one to fly. If you fly American Airlines, for example, […]

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7 Ways to Get Great Value from the British Airways Visa

November 26, 2014

In the travel rewards game, earning points and miles is only one half of the equation. How you spend them is what really determines what they’re worth, and how far they’ll take you. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for using British Airways Avios earned from the co-branded Chase credit card. In this month’s ranking of TPG’s top […]

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Three Credit Cards for the Domestic Economy Traveler

November 17, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Top UK Credit Cards: British Airways, Hilton, and More

October 15, 2014

If you’re a U.S.-based reader of The Points Guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you’ve applied for at least one credit card offer with a large sign-up bonus. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of these offers are unavailable to readers outside the country. To help our readers elsewhere make the most of credit card […]

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How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

October 15, 2014

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these […]

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Free 750 Avios, TrueBlue 50% Bonus, IHG Elite Check-In

October 11, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Purchase 5,000 or More TrueBlue Points and Get a 50% Bonus You can earn a 50% bonus when you purchase a minimum of 5,000 points in JetBlue’s loyalty program TrueBlue. You can earn the bonus on a maximum of 30,000 points. […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles & Avios, Delta MQMs at Hilton, & More

September 27, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Earn 125,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Traveling To Europe American Airlines just launched a new promotion where AAdvantage members can earn up to 125,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when flying to Europe in business or first class. You’ll earn: 20,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after your first roundtrip […]

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Family Award Travel Destinations and Availability for Summer

September 26, 2014

Booking award travel early has its merits, since you’re likely to see better availability and find the seats and routings you want. Summer is 9 months away, and while not everyone knows their schedule that far in advance, it’s not too early to start planning. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at some great international family destinations and award […]

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10% Bonus on SPG Transfers to British Airways Until October

September 25, 2014

One of the reasons I frequently sing the praises of transferable points programs is for their occasional transfer bonuses, which can essentially earn you extra points and miles for nothing. As a perfect example, Starwood Preferred Guest is currently offering a 10% bonus for transfers to British Airways Avios, and that’s on top of the 5,000 mile bonus […]

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Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

August 25, 2014

Iberia Airlines recently devalued its award chart, greatly increasing the number of Avios one needs for Oneworld partner redemptions. Since Iberia and British Airways are both owned by the International Airlines Group, it’s not unrealistic to think that a similar change could be coming to British Airways with regard to redeeming on their partner airlines. Here’s a look at the award […]

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Paying College Tuition on a Credit Card: Fees vs. Rewards

August 20, 2014

I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing proposition.  Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains when paying college tuition with a credit card […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

August 5, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains the differences and similarities between British Airways and Iberia Avios, and how the two programs can be used together to maximize award travel. Many points & miles enthusiasts have a love/hate relationship with British Airways, specifically due to their loyalty program “reboot” back in 2011 (which annihilated the value of the old […]

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Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Economy BKK-HKG

July 22, 2014

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took a few regional flights within Asia. Here’s how he scored a good-value award on Cathay Pacific, and his review of the service in economy from Bangkok to Hong Kong. One of the loose ends in my big itinerary traveling around the world was how to […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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Can I Use British Airways Avios to Travel in North America?

July 6, 2014

This week’s “rookie” question (no offense–we all have to start somewhere with the points game) is from TPG Reader Suzy, who tweeted: “@thepointsguy Can you use British Airways Avios points to book airfare within North America?” Suzy is wondering if she can use her British Airways Avios to book airfare within North America. She lives in Vancouver […]

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Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

June 30, 2014

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners […]

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2X United Miles EWR-VIE, 25% Transfer Bonus to Avios & More

June 21, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: US Airways Share Bonus Back with New Terms: US Airways has again launched a 100% Share Miles Bonus through June 30, 2014; however, the terms are slightly different this time around. Normally, the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would get the 100% bonus, but now the bonus […]

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What Will 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Get You?

May 28, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Ink Cash cards has expired. View the current offer here. The Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards currently offer 50,000 points after $5,000 spent within the first 3 months. At a minimum you will have 55,000 points after meeting the minimum spend and could potentially earn over 60,000 […]

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Where Should You Bank Miles When Flying Royal Air Maroc?

May 25, 2014

Recently, TPG reader Rosie emailed me to ask: “If the airline I’m soon flying, Royal Air Moroc, is not affiliated with any alliance, am I out of luck when it comes to banking miles? Does this mean that the miles won’t count?” I’ve been to Morocco, and it’s a pretty amazing country. However, I’ve never flown their official […]

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How to Use British Airways Avios to Book Eurostar Awards

May 14, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to discuss how you can use your British Airways Avios (or for that matter American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points) to book Eurostar train tickets within Europe- and why it may make a lot more sense than flying on these routes. British Airways […]

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Up to 100,000 AAdvantage Miles or Avios With Premium Oneworld Transatlantic Flights This Summer

May 12, 2014

Premium transatlantic travelers are a hot commodity for airlines. Airfares are generally through the roof and the airlines have been doing their best to put their best lie-flat products on these routes (like Delta who is almost done retrofitting all aircraft to have lie-flat seats, like what I flew to Milan last summer and American […]

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British Airways Avios Can Now Be Used As Part Payment On European Flights

November 4, 2013

In light of the relaunch of the 100,000-Avios sign-up bonus (when you spend $20,000 within the first year) of British Airways Visa, I suspect a lot of readers will be earning a lot more Avios in the near future, so I wanted to cover a distinctive new feature of BA’s mileage program that lets members […]

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