American Airlines and US Airways Receive Single Operating Certificate

American Airlines and US Airways received a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration today. In plain language, the two are now officially a single carrier…sort of. According to American’s announcement: “Beginning today, most flight operations, maintenance and dispatch procedures will be identical for all flights. Air traffic control communications will refer to all American…

How American and United are Cracking Down on Mistake Fares

In February, United Airlines offered amazing deals after an apparent computer error caused some first class fares to show up at rock bottom prices, including flights between London Heathrow and the US as low as $50. The deal was shut down after only a few hours, but many readers were able to act quickly and snag these premium…

Earn 2,250 Bonus Miles with AAdvantage Shopping Portal

Online shopping portals are a fast and simple way to boost your points and miles when shopping online. Sometimes, portals offer spending bonuses that provide an even better return. Through April 29, 2015, you can earn up to 2,250 American Airlines miles by shopping through the AAdvantage eShopping portal. Offer Details   Receive 250 bonus miles when you spend…

How to Book Awards with American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your…

Should I Give My Loyalty to American Instead of Delta?

TPG reader Darcy asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “I’m based in the Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale area and I currently have over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Should I go ahead and use those miles since I’m now based in Miami, or should I hold on to them and continue to earn more with my Amex Delta…

American Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on American Airlines. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling…

Airbnb Now Open in Cuba

America’s newly relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba just got a little more relaxed: starting today, worldwide home-rental service Airbnb is now listing more than 1,000 options in Cuba. After encountering a complex process to book lodgings in Havana during my last-minute trip to Cuba this past January, I’m thrilled about this new development—and I’m planning a return trip to Cuba later this…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul has been topping jetsetters’ hot lists for a few years now. With historic palaces and mosques, a beautiful waterfront, trendy neighborhoods and an up-and-coming restaurant scene, Turkey’s biggest city is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. So if you haven’t had a chance to visit Istanbul yet, now is the time…and it’s easier…

Earn Up To a 60% Bonus on Purchased American AAdvantage Miles

Currently American Airlines is running a buy miles promotions, where you can buy American Airlines AAdvantage miles for as little as 2 cents per mile. From March 31 through April 30, 2015, you’ll earn up to 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, when you buy miles for yourself, or when you gift miles to a friend or family member. Below is the chart, on…