West Coast to Europe Awards Wide Open in Business Next Summer

Sure, it might seem a little early to start thinking about your summer 2016 Euro trip, but when there’s business-class award seats available during peak season, it’s worth planning far in advance. And that appears to be the case today. Thanks to British Airways’ recently announced service from San Jose, CA (SJC) to London, there’s currently fantastic…

The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

There are few things worse than watching your frequent flyer miles vanish in an instant. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig outlines one great option for extending the life of your miles with only a minute or two of work. With only a few exceptions, including Delta and JetBlue, frequent flyer miles are set to expire…

Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) If you can get a couple months…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

AA Avios Awards Are Now Bookable Again Using BA’s Website

After some time in the technology penalty box, American Airlines award tickets are back and bookable on British Airways’ website. To celebrate this, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan shares two tales of great savings using BA Avios on last-minute weekend AA flights. For a brief period earlier this month, American Airlines awards were temporarily not bookable using…

Getting Upgraded to First on US Airways Award Flights

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to use British Airways Avios is to book short-haul flights starting as low as 4,500 miles. Unfortunately, such a steal is only available in economy — British Airways charges quite a bit more to redeem US domestic flights in first class. Unfortunately for AAdvantage elite members, award…

Baseball Binge — 30 Teams in 20 Days on Points and Miles

Love baseball as much as you love a good redemption award? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten does too. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of baseball for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) Even if you’ve only…

US Plans to Reopen Embassy in Cuba

For the first time since 1961, Washington, D.C. and Havana are on speaking terms again. ¡Viva diplomacia! This historic step comes on the heels of President Obama having met Raul Castro in April, and then announcing in May that Cuba was to be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. And now we’re…

Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe from $1,519

There have been some amazing deals on business-class flights to Europe from the West Coast and East Coast over the past few weeks, with travelers having the opportunity to book premium-cabin travel to a number of European cities for less than $1,600 round-trip. This week, you can still take advantage of great fares from Philadelphia to a bunch of…

Amex Decreasing British Airways Transfer Rate by 20%

Amex card holders have a variety of options for using points. Some Membership Rewards partners offer great value for exchanging points between rewards programs, while others have a less lucrative value proposition. Unfortunately, beginning later this year, one of Amex’s most popular partners will become a bit less appealing. American Express recently shared plans to reduce the exchange rate between Amex…