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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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British Airways Happiness Fund Promo: Up to 40,000 Avios Per Premium Fare Roundtrip

March 18, 2013

The Oneworld trans-Atlantic partnership between British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Openskies often offers travelers who buy premium economy, premium economy, business and first class fares lucrative bonuses. Today, British Airways launched one of the most lucrative promotions I’ve seen in a while for US and Canadian Executive Club members: 20,000 bonus Avios per qualifying […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Advantage to Additional Cardholders Vs. Two Accounts

February 3, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. TPG reader Sue asks: “We saw you at the New York Times Travel Show and have been following your blog. My question: Is there an advantage to opening a credit card account with a subcard vs. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Does Britishairways.com Show Accurate American Airlines Award Availability?

February 3, 2013

TPG reader Aaron asks: “If I see award availability for a flight on AA.com and don’t see the same flight available on britishairways.com with British Airways Avios, does that mean that BA actually has less AA availability, or just that their website shows fewer flights? I’ve often noticed that for high-volume routes (NYC to Chicago, […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Using Avios to Upgrade on American

December 23, 2012

TPG reader Neil asks: “I came across your website while I was searching a way to use my Amex membership rewards to fly on American Airlines from Las Vegas to Miami. It seemed that transferring from Amex to BA and then using BA to upgrade on AA was the way to go.  So, I enrolled […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Using the British Airways / Amex 30% Bonus for Flights to Tokyo

December 16, 2012

TPG reader Julie asks: “I’m thinking about transferring 120,000 Amex points to British Airway Avios points to travel from LAX to Tokyo.  Since BA is having their 30% promotion, do you think this is a good conversion? The lowest price I found was approx $900.00 for (2 one way tickets).” I have some good news […]

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Virgin Atlantic to Launch Shorthaul UK Service in Spring 2013

November 19, 2012

When British Airway’s parent group IAG acquired rival bmi (British Midland Airways) there was a lot of concern over anti-competition since British Airways essentially gobbled up one of the only competing UK airlines. Its most formidable UK competitor, Virgin Atlantic is mostly an international airline so a lot of questions arose relating to the future […]

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25% British Airways Avios Award Discount On Long-Haul Flights

November 15, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Now through November 19, 2012, British Airways is offering a 25% discount on Avios redemptions on British Airways long-haul flights to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Avios. The “6 Day Flight Sale” will include awards on […]

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Maximizing Iberia Flights With British Airways Avios

November 12, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. While Britishairways.com can be a good tool for booking award tickets, it also has a lot of bugs and makes searching for non-BA flights a pain. If you are flying anywhere that could possibly route through […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Credit Oneworld Miles With American or British Airways?

November 4, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. TPG reader Nachama asks: “I have a question about the Oneworld Alliance. I think I’ve mastered the Star Alliance, but haven’t spent a lot of time banking Oneworld points. Who should I make my primary Oneworld […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Should I Redeem Amex Points for Travelers Cheques?

October 28, 2012

This week TPG reader Steven asks for advice on how best to redeem his American Express Membership Rewards points: “I currently have about 110,000 points in Amex. I am deciding between paying for a trip to Orlando with points or getting Amex Travelers Cheques. What is the best option, or are their other options that […]

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How to Redeem British Airways Avios Without Huge Fees

September 26, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Tomorrow marks the last day that those of us in the US with American Express Membership Rewards points can transfer to British Airways Avios at a 40% bonus, so I thought I’d remind people that it […]

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Using British Airways Avios To Book Domestic First Class Flights

August 2, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. I recently had to book a last-minute ticket from Miami to Los Angeles and not surprisingly, fares were astronomical at over $519 for the one-way flight. Booking a roundtrip could have brought the price down some, […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Credit Card Rewards for College Graduates

July 15, 2012

TPG reader Coleman writes a two part question: “Do credit card companies normally approve grads without much credit history? I opened a credit card a year ago and have paid the balance in full each month, as well as utility bills/rent/etc. on time as well too. But I just haven’t been doing it for very […]

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