Three European Cities (Almost Entirely) on Points and Miles

Last month, TPG Contributor Adam Erace burned a mix of miles, bonus nights and other loyalty-program and credit-card benefits for a three-city, three-country holiday in London, Istanbul and Paris — the latter, unfortunately, during the recent terror attacks. Here’s how Erace planned a luxurious European vacation with minimal cash outlay — and managed to get home amidst a city-wide emergency. Since I discovered this website two…

British Airways Visa 10% Discount Extended Through 2016

If you’re a British Airways Visa Signature Card holder, you likely got an email yesterday with some welcome news: The card’s 10% discount on British Airways flights has been extended through 2016! Until this announcement, this discount only applied to flights departing before December 31, 2015. Basic Terms 10% off the entire purchase of British Airways flights Promotional website:…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred back up to 50,000 points. If anything, these announcements made it clearer than ever how…

How Can I Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Flights to Europe?

TPG reader Ashkan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Transatlantic award travel: “I earned 75,000 AAdvantage miles from the Citi Executive card. Now that I have them, how do I get to Europe without paying the high surcharges on British Airways?” Fuel surcharges are a chronic nuisance to award travelers, as they can quickly diminish the value…

About Face! Airlines Flying Rear-Facing Seats

To help you make good travel choices both coming and going, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the carriers fielding rear-facing seats and what you can expect from them. As many airlines cut back on first class and aim to cram more seats into their business-class cabins, one trend you might have…

How Can I Use Transferable Points for Flights to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sharon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking award flights: “Newbie here … I have 19,000 Amex points, 28,000 SPG points, 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points and no airline miles. What’s the best way to redeem for a flight from Portland to Kona, Hawaii?” Hawaii is a popular destination for award travelers, and while…

3 Uruguayan Vacations You Can Book with Points and Miles

Whether you’re looking for a city adventure, romantic couples retreat or ritzy beach getaway, Uruguay has something for everyone. Today, TPG Contributor Elyse Beasley Steinhaus takes a detailed look at how to use travel rewards to get there. I’ve had my eye on Uruguay for a while now – ever since I read a blogger’s…

Save $150 on British Airways Premium Economy Flights

Planning a quick trip to Europe this winter or spring? If you’re an American Airlines Business Extra member, you can now save a $150 discount on round-trip Transatlantic flights booked in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) on British Airways, though technically the discount code should work for anyone. Note that this discount is only a…

Award Travel Honeymoon in Europe — 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…

Basketball Bonanza — 30 Teams in 3 Weeks on Miles and Points

Love the NBA as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Following his Football Frenzy and Baseball Binge earlier this year, here’s his way to see a whole lot of basketball for not that many points and miles. (All arena photos are courtesy of each venue.)  If you’ve ever wanted an itinerary that would let you…