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Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

August 25, 2014

Iberia Airlines recently devalued its award chart, greatly increasing the number of Avios one needs for Oneworld partner redemptions. Since Iberia and British Airways are both owned by the International Airlines Group, it’s not unrealistic to think that a similar change could be coming to British Airways with regard to redeeming on their partner airlines. Here’s a look at the award […]

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Paying College Tuition on a Credit Card: Fees vs. Rewards

August 20, 2014

I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing proposition.  Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains when paying college tuition with a credit card […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

August 5, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains the differences and similarities between British Airways and Iberia Avios, and how the two programs can be used together to maximize award travel. Many points & miles enthusiasts have a love/hate relationship with British Airways, specifically due to their loyalty program “reboot” back in 2011 (which annihilated the value of the old […]

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Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Economy BKK-HKG

July 22, 2014

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took a few regional flights within Asia. Here’s how he scored a good-value award on Cathay Pacific, and his review of the service in economy from Bangkok to Hong Kong. One of the loose ends in my big itinerary traveling around the world was how to […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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Can I Use British Airways Avios to Travel in North America?

July 6, 2014

This week’s “rookie” question (no offense–we all have to start somewhere with the points game) is from TPG Reader Suzy, who tweeted: “@thepointsguy Can you use British Airways Avios points to book airfare within North America?” Suzy is wondering if she can use her British Airways Avios to book airfare within North America. She lives in Vancouver […]

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Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

June 30, 2014

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners […]

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2X United Miles EWR-VIE, 25% Transfer Bonus to Avios & More

June 21, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: US Airways Share Bonus Back with New Terms: US Airways has again launched a 100% Share Miles Bonus through June 30, 2014; however, the terms are slightly different this time around. Normally, the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would get the 100% bonus, but now the bonus […]

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What Will 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Get You?

May 28, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Ink Cash cards has expired. View the current offer here. The Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards currently offer 50,000 points after $5,000 spent within the first 3 months. At a minimum you will have 55,000 points after meeting the minimum spend and could potentially earn over 60,000 […]

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Where Should You Bank Miles When Flying Royal Air Maroc?

May 25, 2014

Recently, TPG reader Rosie emailed me to ask: “If the airline I’m soon flying, Royal Air Moroc, is not affiliated with any alliance, am I out of luck when it comes to banking miles? Does this mean that the miles won’t count?” I’ve been to Morocco, and it’s a pretty amazing country. However, I’ve never flown their official […]

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How to Use British Airways Avios to Book Eurostar Awards

May 14, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to discuss how you can use your British Airways Avios (or for that matter American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points) to book Eurostar train tickets within Europe- and why it may make a lot more sense than flying on these routes. British Airways […]

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Up to 100,000 AAdvantage Miles or Avios With Premium Oneworld Transatlantic Flights This Summer

May 12, 2014

Premium transatlantic travelers are a hot commodity for airlines. Airfares are generally through the roof and the airlines have been doing their best to put their best lie-flat products on these routes (like Delta who is almost done retrofitting all aircraft to have lie-flat seats, like what I flew to Milan last summer and American […]

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British Airways Avios Can Now Be Used As Part Payment On European Flights

November 4, 2013

In light of the relaunch of the 100,000-Avios sign-up bonus (when you spend $20,000 within the first year) of British Airways Visa, I suspect a lot of readers will be earning a lot more Avios in the near future, so I wanted to cover a distinctive new feature of BA’s mileage program that lets members […]

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British Airways Announces 787 Service from Austin to London

September 3, 2013

Austin, Texas is one of my favorite US cities. With great food, music and overall vibe, I go there a couple times a year to visit friends. Historically they’ve never have non-stop service to Europe, but starting in March 2014, British Airways will be operating 5 day a week service to London Heathrow using their […]

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What Miles or Points Are The Best for Business Class Award Tickets to Hawaii?

August 25, 2013

TPG Reader Leslie asks: “I would like to travel over to Hawaii to see a friend from high school. I would really like to do it in first or business class since I have a  6-year-old child. What cards can I use to rack up miles and points that will be beneficial to this trip? […]

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How Can I Get The Best Value From NY to India Using Avios and the BA Companion Pass or United Miles?

August 4, 2013

TPG reader Henry wants to book a trip from NY to India using his Avios, United or ANA miles: “I have 250,000 Avios and the British Airways companion pass and also have Star Alliance points (280,000 United and 85,000 ANA). I would like to book a trip to India in January 2014 for 2 in […]

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Reader Experience: Lessons Learned from a Misbooked Avios/American Award

July 25, 2013

TPG reader Eric wrote to me this week about a very frustrating experience he just had with British Airways and American Airlines. As a background, Eric’s sister was visiting him in Miami and he had purchased her an award ticket home on American Airlines using 7,500 Avios. Once she arrived at the airport, however, American […]

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British Airways Fare Sale: Club World New York/Toronto to London for $1,655 and 20,000 Avios Roundtrip

June 27, 2013

British Airways flew its first 787 today from Seattle to London and to celebrate they just launched a fare sale to commemorate event and build buzz around the first two cities that get 787 service from North America: Toronto and Newark. Fares begin at $787 in World Traveller (economy), $1,209 in World Traveller Plus (premium […]

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Update: Saving Money on Fees by Transferring British Airways Avios to Iberia Avios + Iberia Award Promo

June 5, 2013

One of the best ways to get more value out of your British Airways Avios is to transfer them to Iberia, which is also part of the Avios program, and book your trip on Iberia instead because booking flights from North America to Europe and within Europe on Iberia generally incurs much lower carrier-imposed fees […]

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Video Post: Is It Worth Transferring Amex To British Airways at a 35% Bonus?

June 5, 2013

As a reminder, the 35% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios ends this Friday, June 7, 2013, so if you were planning to make a transfer, but haven’t already taken advantage of it, you should do so soon. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and even 50%, it beats the most […]

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Video SRQ: Using Amex Points to Cover a Trip to London and Paris

May 26, 2013

TPG reader Decker wants to take his wife on a trip to London and Paris next spring: “I have almost 500,000 points with American Express. My wife and I are planning a trip to London and Paris in March of 2014. Do you have any suggestions for how we can use these points in the […]

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Video SRQ: Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Maximize A Bonus Without a Redemption in Mind

May 12, 2013

TPG reader Joe is intrigued by the current Amex 35% transfer bonus to British Airways which expires June 7: “Would it be smart to transfer points to British Airways Avios from American Express Membership Rewards with the current bonus if you don’t have a redemption in mind? I was going to transfer some anyway to […]

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Video SRQ: Should I Cancel The British Airways Visa Before the Annual Fee is Due or Keep It?

May 12, 2013

TPG follower Jake tweeted me this week worried that he may lose his Avios after canceling a card: “‪@thepointsguy‬ time to keep or cancel my British Airways Visa. I still have 91K Avios sitting around. Chase said I would forfeit if I cancel…is that true?” First off don’t worry –  you are not going to […]

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