Buying/Upgrading British Airways Business & Earning AA Miles

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

US Airways Awards Now Bookable on British Airways Website Again

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now temporarily not bookable on the British Airways website, due to a known issue since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American Airlines. However, the good news is that you can once again book US Airways awards through the British Airways website. With the British Airways devaluation coming April…

British Airways Avios and What to Do After the Devaluation

In the points and miles game, devaluations are inevitable, and handling them properly is an important part of maximizing your travel rewards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the upcoming British Airways devaluation, and offers some strategies for Oneworld redemptions moving forward. British Airways disappointed its customers last week when it announced…

How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

Using British Airways Avios Without Fees from Miami

Anyone who lives in an American Airlines hub with a lot of non-stop flights (NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, LA) should be best friends with British Airways Avios. Even if you never fly on a British Airways plane, knowing how to leverage the Executive Club program can easily save you thousands of dollars annually on…

US Airways Awards Temporarily Not Bookable on British Airways Website

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now bookable using British Airways Avios, and how you could take advantage of their distance based awards when flying US Airways. Over the past several days there has been a known issue with booking US Airways on British Airways site, since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American…

Best Ways To Redeem British Airways Avios

Since American Express is offering a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways through January 31, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best ways to redeem them. British Airways Avios sometimes get a bad rap thanks to high fuel surcharges flying to/from London on BA itself. However, Avios are…

Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…

Should I Send Amex Points to British Airways for the Bonus?

TPG Reader Chris emailed me to ask: “I have around 100,000 Amex points, and am considering rolling those over to British Airways because of the current bonus. Is that a good idea considering I live in a United Airlines hub (Houston)?” Through the end of January, American Express is offering U.S. Membership Rewards members a 40%…