Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…

Flight Review: OpenSkies BizBed Newark- Paris Orly

One of my goals this year was to use my British Airways Travel Together Ticket and I was determined not to let it expire, like it had in the past. I’ve had the British Airways Visa Signature card for over three years now, and I’ve earned the ticket previously by spending $30,000 on the card in a calendar year. The…

Three Tips to Maximize Award Travel to Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, but if a few days of green beer and bagpipes doesn’t satisfy your craving for things Irish, award travel to the motherland isn’t too hard to come by. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers three tips to help you reach the Emerald Isle. There are few destinations in the world we all equally appreciate…

Does the British Airways Visa Make Sense Post-Devaluation?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask: “Does the British Airways Visa still make sense post-devaluation?  I know there are some potentially better options for earning Avios, but the two-for-one and 10% airfare discount are intriguing.” This past week we got some bad news regarding the British Airways Executive Club Program. As of April 28, 2015,…

Buying/Upgrading British Airways Business & Earning AA Miles

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

US Airways Awards Now Bookable on British Airways Website Again

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now temporarily not bookable on the British Airways website, due to a known issue since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American Airlines. However, the good news is that you can once again book US Airways awards through the British Airways website. With the British Airways devaluation coming April…

How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

Using British Airways Avios Without Fees from Miami

Anyone who lives in an American Airlines hub with a lot of non-stop flights (NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, LA) should be best friends with British Airways Avios. Even if you never fly on a British Airways plane, knowing how to leverage the Executive Club program can easily save you thousands of dollars annually on…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part One

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights even with a relatively small number of miles. Part of what first drew me to The Points Guy and award travel in general…

9 Great Ways to Maximize 50,000 British Airways Avios

Credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to boost your loyalty account balances, but knowing how to use the points and miles you earn will stretch your travel even farther. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some lucrative options for redeeming the 50,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase…