What’s the Best Strategy to Upgrade on US – UK Flights?

TPG reader Ryan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “If you’re not the most frequent traveler, but travel between the US and UK occasionally, what’s the best strategy for upgrading from Economy to Business class?” It’s getting harder and harder to use miles to upgrade these days. More business travelers are back on the road on those…

Deal Alert: San Francisco to Sweden & More from $600

Per this FlyerTalk thread, there are some lovely $300 one-way or $600-$700 round-trip deals right now from SFO and other Bay Area airports to Gotenburg, Sweden. Tickets must be purchased by February 23, and there is no advance purchase requirement (meaning you can fly to Europe tomorrow if you want!). Similar to last week’s LAX –…

Using the British Airways Visa Travel Together Ticket to Paris

I have a confession to make. I’ve had the British Airways Visa Signature card for over 3 years now and while I’ve earned the lucrative Travel Together Ticket, I’ve actually let it expire in the past without using it. I blame the elite hamster wheel (always trying to pay for flights for to retain my American Executive…

Best First Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

Your reasons for choosing a first class ticket may come down to legroom, luggage allowances, or simply more personal space. But since airlines all over the world are handing out increasingly swanky amenity kits to their first class passengers, it’s a good thing that new TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel has taken a peek at many of…

Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…

Does the British Airways Visa Make Sense Post-Devaluation?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask: “Does the British Airways Visa still make sense post-devaluation?  I know there are some potentially better options for earning Avios, but the two-for-one and 10% airfare discount are intriguing.” This past week we got some bad news regarding the British Airways Executive Club Program. As of April 28, 2015,…

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…