AA/US Airways Merge Reservations, Rocketmiles Bonus & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: American Airlines and US Airways are merging reservations this week Starting today (July 18, 2015), American Airlines and US Airways will begin merging their reservations systems. The airlines will slowly phase out the US Airways reservations system (called Shares) and…

Earning Elite-Qualifying Miles with the Citi Executive Card

I love having AAdvantage Executive Platinum, but not everyone flies enough to earn or maintain elite status each year. However, there are other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen discusses how you can collect elite-qualifying miles with some strategic spending. If you’re not already aware, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is…

Round-the-World Wedding — a TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for the Rest of 2015

Elite airline status provides a lot of great perks, but earning it takes determination. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2015! With just six months left to (re)qualify for elite status,…

How to Use 82,500 AA Miles from the Citi Executive Card

I like to have a plan for my points and miles, so whenever I’m contemplating a big credit card sign-up bonus, I try to think about how I would use it. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores some lucrative award travel options for anyone considering the current offer for Citi’s premium AAdvantage card. Last week, Citi announced…

American Offering Limited International Same-Day Changes

Same-day flight changes are often a very valuable tool for flyers, enabling travelers to take an earlier or later flight on the same day without paying a difference in fare. Each carrier handles things differently, but it’s generally capacity-controlled in some form, and comes with a fee that’s often waived for elite frequent flyers. American currently allows…

AA Avios Awards Are Now Bookable Again Using BA’s Website

After some time in the technology penalty box, American Airlines award tickets are back and bookable on British Airways’ website. To celebrate this, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan shares two tales of great savings using BA Avios on last-minute weekend AA flights. For a brief period earlier this month, American Airlines awards were temporarily not bookable using…

The Best and Worst of Admirals Club Food

TPG Intern Kevin Song spent last week on an Admirals Club tour, working from lounges across the eastern United States with the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. Along the way, he visited Chicago-O’Hare, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington-Reagan. Last week, I spent five days working and eating in Admirals Clubs. It’s certainly no secret that domestic lounge food isn’t great,…

Getting Upgraded to First on US Airways Award Flights

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to use British Airways Avios is to book short-haul flights starting as low as 4,500 miles. Unfortunately, such a steal is only available in economy — British Airways charges quite a bit more to redeem US domestic flights in first class. Unfortunately for AAdvantage elite members, award…