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…

How Do I Book Partner Airline Award Flights with BA Avios?

TPG reader Josh emailed me to ask: “I have an impossible time booking British Airways Avios award flights, as I’m usually looking for flights on their partner airlines. Do you have any tips?” British Airways Avios can be incredibly valuable if you know how to use them. Using the British Airways website is all part of…

What’s the Best Way to Use Amex Membership Rewards Points?

TPG reader Josh tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I just got 100k Amex Platinum sign-up bonus points. What’s your favorite way to use Amex points?” Josh was lucky enough to be targeted for the 100,000 point sign-up bonus offer for the Amex Platinum card, which is an amazing promotion. I typically like to use my…

Is It Worth Collecting Avios if I Typically Fly Southwest?

TPG reader Ian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth getting the British Airways Visa and collecting Avios if I already have the Southwest Companion Pass for 2015/16? I typically fly more on Southwest than American/BA.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there (if you fly Southwest,…

How to Redeem Avios Without Huge Fees and Surcharges

Surcharges and fees are the scourge of award travel enthusiasts, but since they’re unlikely to be going away anytime soon, learning how to avoid them can help you make the most of your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers strategies for getting around these extra costs on one of the more egregious offenders: British Airways. British Airways…

Are AAdvantage Miles Worth More than British Airways Avios?

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“I’ve always banked miles earned on British Airways to American Airlines, but am I better off earning Avios and using them for American flights?” With so many airline partners these days, you have a lot of choices when deciding which one to fly. If you fly American Airlines, for example,…

7 Ways to Get Great Value from the British Airways Visa

In the travel rewards game, earning points and miles is only one half of the equation. How you spend them is what really determines what they’re worth, and how far they’ll take you. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for using British Airways Avios earned from the co-branded Chase credit card. In this month’s ranking of TPG’s top…