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American Airlines Business Extra Double and Triple Points on NYC to London Travel

April 10, 2014

Business frequent flyer programs allow businesses to earn points on the itineraries their employees travel while employees still earn miles and points as individuals. In addition, these programs provide often offer mileage bonuses for which individuals aren’t eligible, like the current offer from American Airlines’ Business Extra: double points for Main Cabin travel and triple points for Premium […]

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A Consolidated List of American’s Surprise Policy Changes (And It Ain’t Pretty)

April 8, 2014

This morning I woke up to a flurry of emails and phone calls about American’s new award chart changes. What was presented to me by AA was that AAnytime awards would be changing (basically going up) and some low tier elite levels would go from getting two free checked bags to one. With some other […]

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American Airlines Announces 5 Tier Award Chart And Negative Checked Bag Changes

April 8, 2014

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before American Airlines decided to increase the amount of miles needed for award tickets since Delta, United and Southwest all made big devaluations this year. These changes are not good, but they also are not complete game changers and AAdvantage will still likely remain one […]

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Maximizing International Gateway Stopovers on American Airlines Awards: Two Award Tickets for the Price of One

April 7, 2014

With recent United and Delta award chart devaluations, American Airlines and its mergerpartner US Airways are looking like better options than ever when it comes to booking awards – at least while their award charts remain as they are now with sweet spots like American’s Off-Peak awards to South America and Europe, and US Airways’ business class awards to North Asia (90,000 miles) […]

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Should I Get a US Airways or American Airlines Credit Card?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Mike needs a new credit card. He’s a US Airways flyer, but is thinking ahead to the merger with American. Here’s his question: “Wondering if you would post about which credit card to get (US Airways or American). I have lot of upcoming travel and typically fly US Airways up and down the […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double AA Miles Flying TAM, Star Alliance Status Matching, Bonus Miles For Air Berlin’s Topbonus and More.

April 5, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn Double Miles Flying TAM: In celebration of TAM joining Oneworld, American Airlines is offering double miles for flying its new partner during the month of May. This offer is valid on TAM Airlines, including codeshare flights booked as an American Airlines flight […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Economy Miami- Recife, Brazil

April 4, 2014

One of my closest friends, Sergio, is originally from Brazil, and for years has been talking about going to an area called Fernando de Noronha, which is an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of the mainland. He told me the area was a real hidden gem and that he had dreamed […]

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Cheap American, Delta and Aerolineas Business Class Fares Miami and New York to Buenos Aires For $1,645 in April – May

April 3, 2014

In the past couple months there have been some limited-time low fare deals to South America, and today, some great business class fares on American Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas popped up for flights from New York JFK for as low as $1,510, and from Miami as low as $1,675 roundtrip. That’s still pricy for some, […]

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Buy American AAdvantage Miles With Up To 40% Bonus – Worth It?

April 2, 2014

Now through April 30, 2014, American is offering tiered bonuses of up to 40% on the purchase of AAdvantage miles. These aren’t going to be American’s greatest deals to date, but they could be worthwhile for the redemption of premium class awards on long-haul international flights. These AAdvantage tiered bonuses work a bit differently here and […]

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American Airlines Ticket Hold Rule Change – No 24 Hour Hold For Flights Within 7 Days

March 31, 2014

As it proceeds with its merger with US Airways, American Airlines has been making some policy changes lately. First it announced that it would no longer be offering bereavement fares, then the airline devalued its Choice Fares by paring down the bundled benefits and jacking up the prices on fares that include change fee waivers. […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Launches International WiFi, Double Alaska Miles Between Seattle/London, Bonus Points On Best Western Stays And More

March 29, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta Launches International WiFi On 747-400 Aircraft: Delta is launching international WiFi service on flights 283 and 295 from LAX and ATL to Tokyo Narita aboard Boeing 747-400 aircraft . Introductory pricing options include one-hour passes for laptops  at $14 and mobile users at […]

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Comparing Business Class on British Airways and American Airlines

March 28, 2014

After my recent round of applications in which I scored approval for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard for a second time (this time around it comes with a 100,000-mile bonus when you spend $10,000 in 3 months) and a flight on British Airways in their Club World business class, it got me thinking – […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders Now Get Same-Day Admirals Club Access

March 25, 2014

Last Friday was the last day American Express Platinum cardholders enjoyed access to American and US Airways club lounges as part of their benefits package, and it looked like the only credit card left that would get you access to both sets of lounges (thanks to the merger) was the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard. […]

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Things To Do Before Big Changes on March 31 – US Airways, Southwest and More

March 24, 2014

This time of year, it’s Tax Day that usually marks the biggest moment of reckoning, but 2014 is a strange one with plenty of changes set to go into effect in the airline industry come March 31. So with one week left to go, we wanted to remind you of what’s coming down the pike […]

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1,000 Bonus Miles for New American Airlines LaGuardia LGA Flights

March 24, 2014

If playing American’s Passport Challenge got you jonesing for more bonus American miles, the airline is offering airport-specific bonuses for its new flights out of LaGuardia. Even though LaGuardia can be a nightmare at times, it is scheduled to get a $3.6-billion renovation. Here’s the promo. When you book a roundtrip on American Eagle between […]

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Is It Possible To Book A Roundtrip Award Ticket To Rio De Janeiro With Just 100,000 American Miles?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Mark emailed me about booking an award ticket to South America using American Airlines miles: “I wanted to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with AA miles in December, but business class awards are only available at 100,000 each way! Will I ever be able to get my whole […]

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Saturday Recap: 1,000 Bonus Delta Miles, Conrad Hotels Upgrades and Bonus Points, Bonus Lufthansa Miles, Frontier Discounts And More

March 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Complimentary Upgrade or Breakfast And Bonus Points At Conrad Hotels: For stays booked before December 31, 2014, Conrad Hotels & Resorts (part of Hilton) are offering the “Luxury of Being Yourself” promotion, which allows you to select either a complimentary daily breakfast for […]

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Earn 1,050 Bonus Miles (And Up To 10,000) With American AAdvantage Passport Challenge

March 21, 2014

Earlier today, American released a new Facebook sweepstakes called the AAdvantage Passport Challenge where you can quickly earn over 1,000 bonus miles and then up to 10,000 miles when you play and fly now through May 23, 2014. Here’s how it works: Play trivia and other games to earn up to 700 miles Share and […]

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Last Day For American and US Airways Club Access For Amex Platinum Cardholders – And How To Get Access After

March 21, 2014

Back in December, American Express announced that Platinum, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs as of March 22, 2014 – which means today is the last day for all us Platinum cardmembers to crash those lounges using our card benefits, so […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders – Redeem ThankYou Points For 1.6 Cents Each on American and US Airways Flights

March 17, 2014

When Citi announced that the ThankYou points earned with the ThankYou Premier card would be devalued to be worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare instead of 1.33 cents apiece, a lot of readers had questions about upgrading to the Citi Prestige card. That’s because, in addition to other perks like $200 in airline credits, 2x […]

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Saturday Recap: Gogo Raises Inflight WiFi Prices, Earn Double Points On Amtrak, Get Triple AAdvantage Miles For Stays At Choice Hotels And More

March 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Gogo Inflight WiFi To Raise Prices: Gogo’s traveler pass prices are going up by $10 a month after April 6, 2014. Single-airline passes currently go for $39.95 a month, and those prices will increase to $49.95 a month after April 6th. Buy […]

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Flight Review: American A321T Transcontinental Business Class LAX-JFK

March 14, 2014

I had a chance to experience American Airlines’ new A321T transcontinental plane in January when I flew first class from LAX-JFK, but TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen put expiring AA Executive Platinum EVIP Systemwide Upgrades to use on a recent roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York and got to fly business class on the […]

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Maximizing British Airways Avios For Caribbean Flights

March 13, 2014

Because it is a distance-based award program, of the best uses for British Airways Avios is to redeem them for expensive short-haul flights on partner airlines like American that start at just 4,500 Avios each way. And with winter showing few signs of letting up across much of the country, I thought I’d remind you […]

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