AA Avios Awards Are Now Bookable Again Using BA’s Website

After some time in the technology penalty box, American Airlines award tickets are back and bookable on British Airways’ website. To celebrate this, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan shares two tales of great savings using BA Avios on last-minute weekend AA flights. For a brief period earlier this month, American Airlines awards were temporarily not bookable using…

Getting Upgraded to First on US Airways Award Flights

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to use British Airways Avios is to book short-haul flights starting as low as 4,500 miles. Unfortunately, such a steal is only available in economy — British Airways charges quite a bit more to redeem US domestic flights in first class. Unfortunately for AAdvantage elite members, award…

Baseball Binge — 30 Teams in 20 Days on Points and Miles

Love baseball as much as you love a good redemption award? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten does too. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of baseball for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) Even if you’ve only…

US Plans to Reopen Embassy in Cuba

For the first time since 1961, Washington, D.C. and Havana are on speaking terms again. ¡Viva diplomacia! This historic step comes on the heels of President Obama having met Raul Castro in April, and then announcing in May that Cuba was to be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. And now we’re…

Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe from $1,519

There have been some amazing deals on business-class flights to Europe from the West Coast and East Coast over the past few weeks, with travelers having the opportunity to book premium-cabin travel to a number of European cities for less than $1,600 round-trip. This week, you can still take advantage of great fares from Philadelphia to a bunch of…

Amex Decreasing British Airways Transfer Rate by 20%

Amex card holders have a variety of options for using points. Some Membership Rewards partners offer great value for exchanging points between rewards programs, while others have a less lucrative value proposition. Unfortunately, beginning later this year, one of Amex’s most popular partners will become a bit less appealing. American Express recently shared plans to reduce the exchange rate between Amex…

How Do I Use Avios for American Airlines Domestic Flights?

TPG reader John messaged me to ask about redeeming British Airways Avios: “I tried to check availability for flights within the United States using Avios on American Airlines, but I keep getting messages that British Airways has no flights between these cities (e.g., Newark-Los Angeles). What am I doing wrong?” I’ve gotten this question many…

Maximizing Distance-Based Awards: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points and…

Maximizing British Airways Avios on Long-Haul Routes

British Airways Avios are prized for the value they offer on short-haul flights, while most frequent flyers ignore them entirely on longer routes. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains why we should rethink that strategy before the upcoming devaluation. There are only a few weeks left until British Airways devalues its award chart. The changes will hit long and medium-haul routes the…

Using Avios for Short-haul Flights from Oneworld Hubs

British Airways Avios have long been valued for short-haul redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how much value you can expect to get by redeeming on Oneworld and other partner airlines from their respective hubs. With the impending Avios devaluation coming next month, and British Airways locking out many Executive Club members and zeroing…