Redeem AAdvantage Miles for Flights to Cuba

On Tuesday, the first American Airlines flights to Cuba went on sale. While you weren’t able to redeem AAdvantage miles for these flights at the time, just a couple of days later, American Airlines has opened award bookings for these flights. That said, the process is currently both new and quite complicated. We worked with a few American…

Earning Elite and Award Miles with American, Delta and United

In light of news that American will change the way customers earn bonus miles and status in the AAdvantage program, TPG Contributor JT Genter takes a look at how the three major US carriers stack up. Last November, American Airlines revealed plans to change to a revenue-based mileage program. Earlier this week — almost 7 months after…

AA Reduced Mileage Awards for June-September 2016

American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allows you to book discounted travel now through September 2016. Note that the airports for June-July previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by May 31, and the list changed on June 2. Make sure to book award flights for…

Best Routes for AA’s New 7,500-Mile Award Level

TPG Contributor JT Genter takes a look at the best options for using American’s new award level for flights under 500 miles in length. While most of the changes to the AAdvantage program on March 22 were negative, there were also some positive updates. One of these is certainly the addition of the 7,500-mile award level for…

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…