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My Struggles Trying to Use the British Airways Visa Travel Together Ticket

March 12, 2014

One of the most interesting benefits of the British Airways Visa from Chase is that when you spend $30,000 on it in a calendar year, you are given a “Travel Together” Companion Ticket that is basically like getting a half-priced award redemption. The way it works is, you redeem your Avios for one award in […]

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What Program Is Best To Transfer Amex Points If You’re Going to Close Your Account?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader TGauthier tweeted me this week wondering what his options were for transferring American Express Membership Reward points for future travel before he closes his account: “@thepointsguy Brian where is the best place to transfer Amex points for future  travel prior to closing the account?” First off, you never want to move Amex, Chase […]

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British Airways Avios 25% Bonus – Worth It?

February 18, 2014

British Airways is currently offering a bonus of up to 25% on the purchase of Avios between now and March 23, 2014. As always, the question I’ve been getting about this sale is – is it worth it? Let’s take a look at the numbers. Avios normally cost between about 2.8-5.3 cents apiece depending on […]

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Can You Use British Airways Avios For US Airways Flights?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to ask the following: “Can you use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights?” Recently American Airlines and US Airways announced that you be able to redeem frequent flyer miles in each others programs. So, TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to find out […]

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Last Days To Maximize the Amex British Airways 20% Transfer Bonus + Iberia 50% Mileage Transfer Bonus- Worth It?

December 30, 2013

Back in October, Amex launched a 20% transfer bonus to British Airways that ends tomorrow, December 31, and lately, I’ve had a lot of readers (and family members) writing in to ask whether it’s worth taking advantage of even if you don’t have any Avios award redemptions planned in the near future. First, let’s consider […]

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In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

December 23, 2013

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell […]

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British Airways Household Accounts More Flexibility – Book For Non-Household Friends and Family

December 17, 2013

British Airways Household Accounts can be a tremendously useful tool for pooling miles from several in order to book awards from a single aggregate account, but until now, one of the major limitations is that if you pooled your accounts into a household account, you could only book award travel for members of that household […]

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British Airways Removes Award Space From ExpertFlyer

November 23, 2013

The bad news keeps on coming from ExpertFlyer. After last week’s revelation that Star Alliance searchability on the site had become much more limited with award search and seat alerts for airlines like ANA, Asiana, EVA, Lufthansa, South Africa, Thai, United and US Airways and a dozen more completely gone, as well as the fact […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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British Airways Gets Sued For Outrageous Fuel Surcharges

November 11, 2013

One of the most frequent complaints lodged against British Airways by frequent flyers is the fact that the carrier imposes ridiculously high surcharges on tickets – both paid and award – that end up driving up airfares and especially awards to prohibitively expensive prices. Well, apparently one group of four flyers was fed up and […]

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British Airways Award Space Now Displays on ExpertFlyer

November 5, 2013

ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite tools for searching award and seat availability since it covers dozens and dozens of airlines including all Star Alliance carriers (with the exception of elite upgrade space on United as of last week), as well as being a great resource to search routing options or fare information. What I […]

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British Airways Avios Can Now Be Used As Part Payment On European Flights

November 4, 2013

In light of the relaunch of the 100,000-Avios sign-up bonus (when you spend $20,000 within the first year) of British Airways Visa, I suspect a lot of readers will be earning a lot more Avios in the near future, so I wanted to cover a distinctive new feature of BA’s mileage program that lets members […]

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Can You Use The British Airways “Travel Together Ticket” Companion Pass On Partner Airlines?

November 3, 2013

I have gotten a bunch of questions about the British Airways Companion Pass – the Travel Together Ticket – which is a benefit that you get when you hit $30,000 in spend on your British Airways Visa in a calendar year, and seeing as we are getting towards the end of the year, I think […]

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100,000 Point Sign Up Bonus on British Airways Visa is Back

November 2, 2013

Update: The 100k offer has ended. View the current offer for the British Airways Visa here. One of the highest sign-up bonuses in the travel credit card world is back – the British Airways Visa just launched a new sign-up bonus offer of 100,000 Avios. That’s double the usual 50,000 bonus they’ve been offering for […]

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Saturday Recap: Sri Lankan Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance, Get Bonus Avios With Avis Car Rental, Earn A Free Night Stay At A Wyndam Hotel, Wine Tasting With Alaska Airlines And More

November 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Sri Lankan Airlines To Join Oneworld Alliance In April 2014: Sri Lankan Airlines announced this week that they will become a member of the Oneworld Alliance in April 2o14. Sri Lankan already maintains a code-sharing partnership with another Oneworld member, Malaysia Airlines, […]

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European Storms Derail Travel: Tips on How to Navigate a Cancellation

October 28, 2013

Violent storms battering the UK and Europe have already killed eight people, left around 600,000 without power and cancelled hundreds of flights and rail services. Hurricane strength winds whipping up to 99 m.p.h. across southern England and Wales have made “St. Jude” the worst storm in a decade, and Denmark and Sweden are expected to […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 18,000 Avios and the Winner of the Tumi Vapor Carry-On Bag

October 24, 2013

While the current Amex transfer bonuses to British Airways (20% until December 31) and Virgin Atlantic (30%) aren’t the best they’ve ever seen, they are still decent options to maximize your American Express Membership Rewards points- especially if you know how to extract the most value out of those programs. So, for today’s Thursday Giveaway, […]

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American Express Transfer Bonuses To British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – Maximizing Partner Redemptions

October 16, 2013

With the launch on Monday of transfer bonuses from American Express to both British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%), I wanted to talk about options other than the ones I discussed yesterday for redeeming on the airlines themselves to ways in which you can get value by redeeming their miles on partners. This is […]

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Comparing Current Amex Transfer Bonuses To British Airways And Virgin Atlantic

October 15, 2013

Yesterday, I reported that American Express launched two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting today, October 15, 2013. From now through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin […]

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Amex Transfer Bonuses to British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%) Launch Tomorrow

October 14, 2013

American Express just announced that it will be launching two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting tomorrow, October 15, 2013. From tomorrow through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting tomorrow and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer […]

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Crossing The Pond: How to Make The Most Out Of Flying New York To London

October 14, 2013

Last week, I posted a detailed comparison of transcontinental routes and the benefits that premium flyers can expect when flying each airline from coast-to-coast. One of the other major routes with a huge amount of competition is from New York is to London, and in light of the increased number of flights to London from […]

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JetBlue Launches Family Pooling Program

October 10, 2013

The ability to pool points together can make booking award travel a lot easier. Usually frequent flyer programs make you pay a transfer fee (usually about 1 cent per point plus fees), which greatly decreases the value of those points, since these days redemptions are usually between 1 and 2 cents per mile/point (though certain […]

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Qatar Awards- Should You Use American Miles Or Avios?

October 3, 2013

Slowly but surely Qatar Airways has been progressing in its journey to becoming a full member of Oneworld by October 30, 2013. Last month, Qatar and British Airways announced reciprocal frequent flyer mileage earning would begin September 2 and as of yesterday, you can now search Qatar Airways award space on BritishAirways.com. Just to test […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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