How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

Double TrueBlue Points, Starwood Asia Pacific Sale & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Emirates Blocks Upgrades on the Cheapest Fare Class Emirates is changing their rules regarding upgrades on February 1, 2015. Emirates flyers with fares categorized as Business Special and Economy Special will no longer be able to upgrade their tickets….

How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

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…

Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

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…

Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

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…

TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. On July…

Where Should You Bank Miles When Flying Royal Air Maroc?

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…

Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul…

How to Use British Airways Avios to Book Eurostar Awards

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…

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

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…