What Are Points & Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

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…

Business-Class Deal Alert: AA and Iberia to Spain from $1,629

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Note: To take advantage of this deal, you’ll need…

High-Flying Fine Dining: Airline Chef Partnerships

While it seems like most airline food is getting worse and worse these days — and to add insult to injury, you sometimes even have to pay for it! — some airlines are actually pulling out all the stops to keep their premium customers happy. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up a who’s who…

Free Delta Silver Status, New Disney Cruise and Southwest Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Disney Cruises Announces New Sailings for 2016 Disney Cruises will sail to the Bahamas and Canada from New York starting in 2016. The cruise line will also offer new route options from Miami and Galveston, including Miami to the Eastern and Western…

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…

Up to 115,000 Bonus American Miles for Flights to Europe This Summer

It looks like my wish came true! On the heels of British Airways’ announcement last week, American Airlines has launched a summer Europe mileage bonus promotion of its own, letting you earn up to 115,000 bonus miles on round-trip flights between Europe and the US, Canada or Mexico on American and US Airways, British Airways,…

Free Night at Mandarin Oriental, Win 140,000 Hawaiian Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Complimentary Night at Participating Mandarin Oriental Properties You can receive a complimentary night at any of the participating Mandarin Oriental properties around the world when you stay for at least two or three consecutive paid nights between June 26 and September…

Up to 115,000 Bonus Avios for Summer Transatlantic Flights

British Airways has launched one of its periodic transatlantic flight mileage bonuses, offering up to 115,000 bonus Avios for flights this summer not only on BA itself and OpenSkies, but also on American, US Airways, Iberia and Finnair. To qualify for the promotion, you must first register here and then fly before August 7, 2015. Here’s how the…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer, Ink Plus The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the…