Review: American Airlines 777-200 Economy — London to Miami

In late-January, TPG Contributor Katie Genter completed an Austin (AUS) — Johannesburg (JNB) — Houston (IAH) mileage run. For the final long-haul leg, she flew on an aging American Airlines 777-200 from London-Heathrow (LHR) to Miami (MIA). Here’s her review of the economy experience. (All photos are by the author). Booking This review is part…

Transferring Amex Membership Rewards Points to Etihad Guest

As of today, the American Express Membership Rewards program has one additional transfer partner: Etihad Guest. The Middle Eastern carrier is the 17th airline partner available for MR transfers, and it represents a great opportunity to book award flights — particularly on American Airlines following the recent devaluation. Read on for the full details. First thing’s…

Deal Alert: New York to Milan from $562 Round-Trip on American

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…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 American Miles

Even after the recent devaluation, American’s AAdvantage program offers plenty of value, and several awards are actually more affordable than previously. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to easily earn 100,000 AAdvantage miles and then put them to use with some great redemptions. You don’t need a huge account balance…

Review: American Airlines 787-8 Dreamliner Business Class — Los Angeles to Shanghai

TGP Contributor Kevin Song recently flew in business class on American Airlines’ 787-8 Dreamliner from LA to Shanghai. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) I recently used some fantastic fares from the US to China as an excuse to do a mini mileage run to Asia so I could earn a bunch of…

Why You’ll Want to Avoid Multi-City Itineraries

In the past, if you were going on a trip and planning to visit multiple cities, there was a good chance you booked your airline tickets on a multi-city itinerary. This was usually the easiest way to book complicated itineraries — and often times, the cheapest. But now, all three of the major US airlines have…

AAdvantage Now Lets You Route to India and Maldives via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific

Great news for those of us with American Airlines miles — without any fanfare, American Airlines changed its award chart this week to allow transpacific routings when flying from the US to the “Indian Subcontinent.” Note that this option is only available for award flights on Cathay Pacific or American Airlines metal via Hong Kong (HKG). Otherwise, you’re still limited to previous…

Booking Cathay Pacific First-Class Awards with Alaska Mileage Plan

Due to the recent American Airlines award chart changes, first-class flights to Asia on Oneworld partner Cathay Pacific are no longer a good deal. However, as TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is still an excellent option when it comes to redeeming for this premium-cabin award. Nothing’s ever certain…

Earn 25 AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar for Donating to Cancer Research

Attention AA frequent flyers: You now have a chance to boost your account balance this month. Now through April 15, AAdvantage members can earn 25 miles per dollar spent on donations to Stand Up to Cancer, a charity partner of American Airlines — donations made after April 15 will earn you 10 miles per dollar. To be eligible…

AA Reduced Mileage Awards for April-July 2016

American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allow you to book discounted travel now through July 2016. Note that the airports for April-May previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by March 31; the list changed on April 1. And yes, the discount applies to flights both to and…