Maximizing American Airlines’ Award Routing Rules

In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how you earn miles to a revenue-based system, introducing a new elite level as well as spending requirements for all status tiers, changing some award regions and routing possibilities and generally devaluing much of the airline’s award chart. That’s not…

American Airlines President Scott Kirby Leaves to Join United

No, don’t worry — Oscar isn’t going anywhere. But there is a new president at United. Today, American Airlines announced that its president, Scott Kirby, was departing. And, moments later, United Airlines announced a new president of its own: Scott Kirby. (Yes, it’s the same Scott Kirby.) Now, it’s important to note that American also…

DOT Fines and Issues Cease & Desist Orders to Four Airlines

Friday afternoon, the US Department of Transportation announced that it had fined four airlines for providing inaccurate information to passengers. The offending airlines — Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest and United — were fined between $35,000-$45,000 each for: …providing inaccurate information to passengers about how much compensation they could potentially receive for being denied boarding against their…

Comparing Premium Airline Service To Hawaii

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Hawaii, and there are fortunately plenty of options to get there in a premium cabin. However, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains below, not all first- and business-class service to the islands offers an especially luxurious experience. Read on for a rundown of all…

American Airlines Now Selling One-Way Flights to Cuba

Update: American Airlines has updated its policy to now allow award flights to originate in Cuba. This means that you can now book a one-way paid fare down to Cuba and a one-way award flight back. Last night, American Airlines dropped the regulations requiring round-trip flights for travel to Cuba. Previously, both award and paid…

Deal Alert: New York to Orlando from $108 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. 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,…

Booking American Airlines Awards with Partner Programs

Especially after American’s recent award chart devaluation, it could be worth looking to other frequent flyer programs when you want to book free flights on AA metal. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr evaluates all your options. You can book stopovers and an open jaw when flying American Airlines on an award…

Enter to Win a $500 American Airlines Gift Card

Enter to win this week’s Thursday Giveaway for your chance to win a $500 gift card from American Airlines. This gift card is valid for any flights or vacation packages booked through American Airlines. Use your winnings to book a last minute Labor Day Weekend trip, or plan ahead and pick a new destination for…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Charlotte-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Charlotte….

American Adds Higher-Rate AAnytime Award Levels to Certain Routes

Update: AA reached out to clarify that the airline has increased the redemption rates within its existing award levels — technically, these are the same levels that were first referenced in April 2014. Of course, the end result here remains unchanged — you’ll need to redeem many more miles for some awards as American Airlines increases…