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…

Bidding Successfully on an Upgrade to the Etihad First Apartment

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently submitted a successful bid to upgrade from business class to the First Apartment on Etihad’s A380. Here was his strategy. When I was in Asia recently and looking for a way to get back to the US, I jumped on the opportunity to purchase a round-trip business-class fare on…

Surprising United Routes, The Inside Scoop on Flight Attendants, Getting Airline Compensation 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:…

How to Use 100,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards Points

If you got in on the 50,000-point sign-up bonus offers for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card and the Citi Prestige Card — or if you simply have plenty of ThankYou points in your account, you may be wondering how to maximize your travel rewards. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you…

Review: Etihad (A380) The Apartment from New York to Abu Dhabi

TO THE POINT: Etihad’s Apartment is one of the most luxurious first-class experiences you’ll find in the sky. The pros: complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport and incredibly attentive staff. The cons: faulty lights at my seat that wouldn’t dim and a shower suite that was out of order. After successfully bidding on an upgrade from…

The Ultimate Guide to Booking Partner Awards with Etihad Guest

The Etihad Guest frequent flyer program offers some great redemption options, especially for some smaller and lesser-known partner carriers. However, booking these awards takes patience and skill — TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel walks you through the process, complete with examples, below. Update 8/6/16: Brussels Airlines is currently offering phenomenal award availability between JFK and Brussels, and…

Review: Etihad’s First and Business Class Lounge at JFK

TO THE POINT: Like its counterpart at LAX, Etihad’s stylish lounge at JFK is the perfect place to unwind before a flight. The pros: a gorgeous aesthetic that matches the plane you’ll be flying, lots of seating areas, excellent service and a private space for Residence passengers. The cons: there’s no Six Senses Spa or men’s…

Check Out the New TPGtv, Maximizing Starpoints, SAS’ Excellent New Biz Class 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:…

10 of the Weirdest Ways to Redeem Points and Miles

Most of us collect travel rewards to earn free flights or a luxurious award stay at a hotel, but there are plenty of other options out there. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr outlines several strange ways to cash in your account balances. Flying on an award ticket or staying in a…

Review: Etihad First and Business Class Lounge LAX

TO THE POINT: Etihad opened its brand new First and Business Class Lounge at LAX this week. The pros: excellent food, attentive staff and a very comprehensive cocktail menu. The cons: access is very limited. Etihad Airways has made a name for itself when it comes to top-of-the-line travel experiences. This is the airline that operates the…