How Can I Use Chase Rewards Points to Fly on American?

TPG reader Kareem tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card but I want to redeem for American Airlines. What are my options?” If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, meaning you have a bank of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you have two main options if you want…

Amazing Deal Alert: AA and United to Tokyo from $630

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…

Deal Alert: AA and United to Cabo San Lucas from $276

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…

Amazing Deal Alert: Fly AA to Brazil From $434

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 of Orbitz’s…

Points Intervention: Maximizing Your Miles

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage of the…

Deal Alert: Delta and American Airlines to Brazil From $505

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 of Orbitz’s…

Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…

American Increases Premium-Cabin Mileage Bonus for Non-Elites

Last year, I wrote about American Airlines’ implementation of mileage earning bonuses for first and business class fares for 2015. The bonuses were based on fare class as well as elite status with American, meaning Executive Platinum members would earn more than regular members. Starting today, American will be upping the amount of bonus miles that regular…

Alaska Airlines Now Charging for Premium Seats

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines announced the launch of a new Preferred Plus seating option. Set in bulkhead and exit rows, these seats, which were previously available only to elite members, can now be purchased at the 24-hour check-in window, starting at $15 plus tax. Here’s what Alaska has to say about these new seats: Upgrades for rows 6, 16…

Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Dublin From $412

Looking to head to Europe next fall on the cheap? Per The Flight Deal, this fall you can fly from Boston to Dublin for just over $400 round-trip on either American Airlines or United Airlines. Searches showing these low fares start in late October and continue through November. The easiest way to search for these flights is…