Book Delta Award Flights Starting at 5,500 Miles Each Way

Delta is having an award sale on one-way flights within the continental US. The redemptions start at 5,500 miles each way plus taxes and fees. You must purchase your ticket by June 7 for travel between August 23 and November 16, 2016 — the week of September 1-8 is not included in the sale. You must book your…

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…

Korean Air to Add Award Ticket Change and Refund Fees

There’s a negative change to yet another airline mileage program: Korean Air has announced that it’s adding new fees to its SKYPASS mileage program. But, as you can see, these are some rather minimal changes: Current Effective August 1, 2017 Award change fee — 30,000 KRW (~US$27) Award refund fee (<1 year from issue) — 500 miles (domestic) 3,000 miles…

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…

AA Reduced Mileage Awards for April-July 2016

American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allow you to book discounted travel now through July 2016. Note that the airports for April-May previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by March 31; the list changed on April 1. And yes, the discount applies to flights both to and…

A Look Back at American’s Old Award Charts

With AA’s massive devaluation now just a few days away, TPG Assistant Editor Matt Zuzolo takes a look at how American’s new award chart compares to one from a decade ago. With what feels like a near-constant stream of rewards program changes and devaluations, including American’s coming up next Tuesday, many flyers and travelers are…

AA’s Reduced Mileage Award Airports for April-May 2016

American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allow you to book discounted travel through May 2016. We covered the February-March airports in this post from December, so now we’re going to focus on the April and May airports. Remember, the discount applies to flights both to and from the listed cities. Who’s Eligible? If you…

5 Sweet Spots in the New American Airlines Award Chart

Although we’re saddened — but not surprised — by the American Airlines award chart devaluation, AAdvantage miles will continue to be a valuable currency. TPG Contributor JT Genter analyzed the new charts to find the “sweet spots” where AA miles will continue to deliver great returns. Yes, yes. The American Airlines award redemption changes aren’t great. We’ll…

Rumored Changes Coming to American’s AAdvantage Program in 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Since last night, the airline forums have been abuzz about rumored changes to the 2016 American Airlines AAdvantage program. TPG Contributor JT Genter dives into the rumors to analyze and summarize what we know so far. At 6:22pm last night,…

Taking AAdvantage of American Off Peak Awards

While American Airlines already offers some of the most reasonably priced awards among US carriers, the airline makes certain bookings even more appealing, offering discounted redemptions during off-peak periods. TPG Contributor JT Genter explores the available options and provides tips on how to take “AAdvantage” of these great offers. Compared to other US-based carriers, American Airlines already has…