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…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? November 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…

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to British Airways

All award travelers should earn transferable points, as they give you great flexibility in your redemptions. They also shield you from any potential devaluations, since the ability to transfer to other programs means you’re not locked into one currency. Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of the best transferable points out there, and TPG Senior Points…

Flight Review: British Airways 787-8 in Economy — London to Austin, TX

New TPG Contributor Katie Genter recently flew from Rome (FCO) on British Airways’ 787 from London Heathrow (LHR) to Austin (AUS), one of the smallest US airports to provide nonstop service to/from Europe. Following is an account of her experiences. (All photos by the author.) When I needed to attend a recent conference in Hamburg,…

American Airlines Drops BA and Iberia Mileage Earning Rates

Effective for flights on or after February 1, flights sold by British Airways and Iberia will earn just a fraction of the American Airlines miles that they currently earn. TPG Contributor JT Genter explains the changes to these mileage charts. As if the recent unilateral cancellation of flights, mediocre response to cancelling 24-hour holds, and…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for November 2015

The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well. Points and miles programs constantly change,…

BA Eliminates 4,500-Avios Awards in the US

The British Airways award devaluation we all hoped would never come is finally here. As of February 2, 2016, you’ll no longer be able to book BA awards for 4,500 Avios in the US. Fortunately, higher tiers will remain as they currently are, but the 4,500-Avios level will disappear entirely for flights to, from or within…

Which London Airport Should You Choose?

London is already well served by a variety of international and smaller carriers — it has five airports, after all — but as of May 1, 2016, there will be even more options for flying to the UK capital from the US. On that date, British Airways will begin operating daily flights between London Gatwick (LGW) and…

What’s in a Name? Plenty, When You’re Transferring Points

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly travel and credit card mistake series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. One of the reasons I love connecting…

Last Chance for 75k AA Miles, United/ Marriott Bonus & More

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG…