3 Reasons I’ll Miss AA’s Old Flagship First

For my return flight to the States from São Paulo, I flew GRU-LAX on American Airlines’ 777-200, and it was bittersweet—as it was probably the last time I’ll ever fly AA’s old Flagship First Class. Booking American has good upgrade and award availability at the SAAver level. I purchased this ticket for 62,500 miles and $54.74, but the cost would…

Donate to Nepal, New Alaska Routes, 7k JetBlue Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar to Launch in Fort Lauderdale, FL Silvercar — the car rental company that exclusively offers premium Audi A4 rentals — is launching in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area starting on May 15, 2015. Users can now reserve their Fort Lauderdale Silvercars via the app…

Flight Review: American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class JFK-GRU

As part of my whirlwind trip to Brazil, South Korea and China, I flew JFK-GRU on the new American Airlines 777-300ER. My ticket was a total of $1,238 for Economy (round-trip with a return later in the year); I then used one of the eight EVIPs I receive each year to instantly upgrade to business, which otherwise…

11 Reasons to Love AAdvantage and Executive Platinum Status

It’s no secret that I’m an American Airlines loyalist. Living in Miami, American is the obvious choice, but beyond that I think AAdvantage elite status is incredibly valuable even if you don’t live in a hub city. I value Executive Platinum status well above the top-tier equivalent with United or Delta, and I feel the same about…

FoundersCard offers $400 off Membership + No Initiation Fee

I’ve written about the various benefits of FoundersCard before, but now there’s an exclusive offer for TPG readers that beats anything you’ll find publicly available elsewhere. TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan has the full details. I’ve been a long-time FoundersCard member (in fact, I turned TPG onto the card in 2011), and I’ve found my membership to be pretty valuable. Highlights include…

Are Alaska’s American and Delta Perks Too Good to Last?

Alaska isn’t one of the largest domestic carriers, but it does have one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines how its relationships with American and Delta impact the value of all three airlines for award travelers. The travel industry has seen many strange bedfellows over the…

How to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. It combines the Old World grandeur…

Maximizing Online Purchases with Airline Shopping Portals

One of the keys to award travel is making sure you maximize points and miles on every dollar you spend. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains an easy way to boost your earnings. Many of my friends wonder how I rack up hundreds of thousands of points and miles each year. While some…

Choosing the Best Card for American Airlines Flyers

I’m a huge fan of American Airlines not only for the quality of service and the value of the AAdvantage program, but also for the strength and diversity of its co-branded credit cards. In this post, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explores the various options to help you pick the one that best suits your needs….