Earn an Easy (and Free) 350+ AAdvantage Miles

The American Airlines AAdvantage program has had its ups and downs — most recently, its massive devaluation in March — but there’s still a lot to appreciate about the program. The carrier is now celebrating the 35 anniversary of AAdvantage by giving away 350,000 AAdvantage miles to 35 grand prize winners. Although your odds of winning the grand…

Deal Alert: San Francisco to Maui from $265 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…

American Airlines Eliminates (Then Reinstates) Phone Award Booking Fees

Update 5/2/16 7:00pm: AA has reinstated the award ticketing fee, which was apparently removed in error during a site update today. Bummer! Here’s the corrected fee structure (which also includes corrected amounts for “Travel Center” bookings: This morning, American Airlines changed its fees for booking award tickets — eliminating some fees while increasing others. Phone Booking Fees First the…

Will I Earn AAdvantage Miles Based on Distance or Price?

TPG reader Ben emailed me to ask about earning AAdvantage miles: “I know American Airlines is changing how miles are earned in the second half of 2016, but if I purchase a ticket now for a flight in October, will I earn miles based on the current system (flight distance) or the new system (ticket price)?” Last fall, American Airlines…

5 Reasons to Visit Turks & Caicos This Summer

TPG Contributor Amber Gibson has been to the Caribbean eight times in the last two years. Here’s why Turks & Caicos might be her favorite locale so far — and why you should visit this summer. Follow along with Amber’s travel adventures on Instagram. (All photos are by the author). Not only will you save more by visiting Turks & Caicos…

Exciting New Airline Routes, 10 Perks of United Global Services, Best Cards for Marriott Guests & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

American Airlines Increases Mileage Earnings for Qatar Flights

Just a couple of weeks after making a small — but very nice — change to its award routing rules, American Airlines has made another positive change to its AAdvantage mileage program: For travel on or after May 1, certain flights on Qatar Airways will earn more AA miles. The affected Qatar fare classes are: R (business) H (full-fare economy) L, V, Q…

Deal Alert: Chicago to Beijing from $493 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…

Spirit Ranks as the Worst Airline for Customer Satisfaction

It should come as a surprise to almost no one that super-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines does not perform well in the realm of customer service. In fact, the carrier ran a promotion a couple years ago that allowed customers to sound off and voice their dissatisfaction in exchange for 8,000 frequent flyer miles — and travelers…