Booking United Awards Using Partner Programs

United Airlines has partner agreements with 39 separate airlines, not all of which are members of the Star Alliance. Most of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many allow you to redeem miles for flights on United airlines — sometimes at a lower cost than United’s award rates. Today, I’ll show you which partner carriers…

Buy Avianca LifeMiles and Earn Up to a 135% Bonus

Avianca Airlines is offering the chance to buy up to 350,000 LifeMiles with bonuses ranging from 50% to 135%. You’ll pay $38.94 (including taxes) per 1,000 miles, and the bonus scales up as you buy more miles. Avianca’s promotion runs through September 30 — however, it’s not open to new members (those who weren’t enrolled in…

AAdvantage Miles for Starwood Stays, 3x Hertz Points & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 AAdvantage Miles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at participating Starwood hotels in North and Latin America through January 31, 2016 and you can earn 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRO and be sure to…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Avianca Brazil Joins Star Alliance

Three years ago, Colombia-based airline Avianca joined the Star Alliance network. Today, its subsidiary Avianca Brazil — formerly known as Ocean Air — has also officially come onboard. Avianca Brazil is an independently-operated airline with hubs in São Paulo and Brasília. It currently lays claim to the title of the fourth-largest airline in Brazil, after TAM, Gol and…

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…

Travel to Machu Picchu on Points and Miles

Machu Picchu has become one of the most popular travel destinations in South America — and it’s easy to see why. The centuries-old ruins of a lavish estate seem to float above the rest of the world, offering incredible views of jagged peaks jutting through the clouds and condors soaring over lush river valleys. It can be…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…

Last Chance: Roundup of Offers Ending May 31

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer, IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card. Deals come and go, and a good way to maximize your travel rewards is by making sure you get in on the best ones. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick…