Delta Raises Lowest-Level Business Award Rates to Europe

Hoping to use SkyMiles for business-class flights to Europe next summer? If you haven’t booked already, your round-trip flights just got (at least) 15,000 SkyMiles more expensive per person. For flights departing after January 1, 2017, Delta’s lowest-level business-class awards are now pricing at 70,000 SkyMiles each way. You can still get the old award price of 62,500…

13 MileagePlus Awards to Book Before October 6

October 6 will mark the end of the lucrative stopover era on United award tickets, leading to the elimination of some excellent award options through the current system. TPG Contributor JT Genter explores 13 examples of how you can utilize the current system for bookings before the change. On October 6, United is “enhancing the way you book MileagePlus…

American Adds Higher-Rate AAnytime Award Levels to Certain Routes

Update: AA reached out to clarify that the airline has increased the redemption rates within its existing award levels — technically, these are the same levels that were first referenced in April 2014. Of course, the end result here remains unchanged — you’ll need to redeem many more miles for some awards as American Airlines increases…

AA Reduced Mileage Awards for August-November 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allows you to book discounted travel now through November 2016. Note that the airports for August-September previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list…

Why Does Booking a Second Award Raise the Price per Ticket?

TPG reader Stacey emailed me to ask about booking flight awards: I was trying to book an award using Aeroplan miles at the Market Fare rate; I got one price for a single seat, but when I tried to buy two seats (for the same flights), the price per ticket jumped by almost 35%. Why wouldn’t two tickets just cost twice as…

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 5,000 Miles Each Way

Update: Delta is running this sale again, though this time there are two routes available for just 5,000 miles each way — Chicago (MDW) to Atlanta and Minneapolis — in addition to the deals listed below, which are also available. Book by July 18 for travel between August 23 and February 10, 2017. You can see the full…