Booking American Airlines Awards with Partner Programs

Especially after American’s recent award chart devaluation, it could be worth looking to other frequent flyer programs when you want to book free flights on AA metal. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr evaluates all your options. You can book stopovers and an open jaw when flying American Airlines on an award…

Chase Sapphire Reserve, Best Hotel Credit Cards, Three Countries for the Price of One and 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:…

Deal Alert: US to Southeast Asia from $516 Round-Trip on Cathay Pacific

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Building Credit from Scratch, Southwest’s International Destinations, Around-the-World Awards and 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:…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

Does Alliance Elite Status Give Me Status with Each Airline?

TPG reader Creighton sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline elite benefits: “I have Cathay Pacific Silver status, which earns me Oneworld Ruby status. Since AAdvantage Gold also corresponds to Oneworld Ruby, can I use my Cathay Pacific status to get AAdvantage Gold?” Airline alliances can help you maximize travel by giving you access to rewards across a…

Inside Cathay’s New A350, a 60K Citi AAdvantage Offer, Monthly Valuations, and 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:…

Inside Cathay Pacific’s Brand New Airbus A350

This week, Cathay Pacific took delivery of its very first A350. The airline is perhaps best known for its fantastic first-class product — which unfortunately isn’t available on this latest addition to the fleet. Still, Airbus’ answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner arguably offers one of the most comfortable rides in the sky — seat configurations are typically…

Review: Cathay Pacific A330-300 Economy — Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur

On their last outbound leg to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL), TPG Contributors JT and Katie Genter flew in economy on Cathay Pacific’s A330-300. Would the experience be as good as their first time on Cathay Pacific? (All photos are by the author.) For the second year in a row, we booked a trip to flee the country…

8 Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Meal on the Plane

After logging nearly 200,000 flight miles last year, TPG Contributor Amber Gibson, who also writes about food for Saveur, Plate, Departures, Hemispheres and American Way, shares some of her tips for navigating the treacherous world of airline food. Follow her adventures on Instagram. (All photos by the author). 1. BYO Tea Bag If you are a tea drinker, always have a…