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…

The World’s Safest Major and Low-Cost Airlines for 2015

As frequent travelers yourselves, I hope you’ll be relieved to know that aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the 10 safest major airlines in the world, and for the first time, have also determined the 10 safest low-cost airlines in the world. For the second year in a row, Australian carrier Qantas has nabbed number one…

Best American Express Membership Rewards Redemptions

Earlier this week, American Express launched two very lucrative sign-up bonus offers via the Card Match Tool, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round-up some of the best ways to maximize the Amex Membership Rewards points these cards will earn you. Amex launched some lucrative offers this week on two of its…

British Airways 50,000 Sign Up Bonus with No Annual Fee

For the past several months, the British Airways Visa card from Chase has been at or near the top of my list of the best travel credit card offers. While this card is generally solid, it got a boost recently because Chase was waiving the $95 annual fee for the first year. That added incentive…

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…

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about…

Best Airlines to Fly International Premium Economy

Many travelers aspire to the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of a first class international flight. While premium economy doesn’t have the same wow factor, it can still provide a great experience. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options for flying premium economy internationally. Earlier this month, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looked…

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…

American Express 40% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways now through January 31, 2015. Normally when you transfer Amex points to Avios, the ratio is 1:1, so if you transfer…