British Airways

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 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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New British Airways Executive Accounts Earn 5,500 Bonus Avios – Must Enroll Today

September 30, 2013

British Airways is offering new members to its Executive Club frequent flyer program 5,500 Avios for joining by the end of today, September 30, 2013, and crediting either a recent British Airways or Open Skies flight or one taken by October 31, 2013, to their new account. You can register for the bonus and enroll […]

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Earn Up To 25,000 Bonus American Miles or British Airways Avios Roundtrip To Europe

September 26, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Both American Airlines and British Airways launched promotions today where flyers can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles per roundtrip transatlantic itinerary this fall and winter until January 31, 2014 with no cap on the total bonus […]

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Social Media Travel Roundup – News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

September 25, 2013

Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions, so I thought I would start a new series on the site on Wednesdays rounding up the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the […]

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Discount For No Checked Bags on Short Haul British Airways Flights

September 11, 2013

British Airways imposes some ridiculous fees on its passengers including seat selection fees that regularly top $100 and fuel surcharges that can cost flyers over a thousand dollars on some trips, and it’s not alone since airline ancillary fees have risen across the board in the past few years. However, BA is giving some of […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 1,000 Bonus Starwood Points in Latin America, Win 50,000 Hyatt Points

September 7, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles: Now through October 10, 2013, American Airlines is offering up to 30% bonus when sharing miles. You’ll receive a 20% bonus when sharing 5,000-25,000 miles; a 25% bonus for sharing 26,000-40,000 miles or a 30% bonus if you […]

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British Airways Announces 787 Service from Austin to London

September 3, 2013

Austin, Texas is one of my favorite US cities. With great food, music and overall vibe, I go there a couple times a year to visit friends. Historically they’ve never have non-stop service to Europe, but starting in March 2014, British Airways will be operating 5 day a week service to London Heathrow using their […]

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Qatar and British Airways Announce Reciprocal Frequent Flyer Benefits – Redemptions (Hopefully) Coming Soon

September 3, 2013

Back in October 2012, Oneworld announced that it had invited Qatar Airways to join the alliance, and the airline originally set a date around the first quarter of 2014 for its entry date into Oneworld. However, the transition into the alliance has been going faster than expected, with the establishment of new codeshares including several […]

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What Is the Most Generous Airline for Upgrading From Economy to Business Class Using Miles?

August 25, 2013

TPG reader Ramsey wrote in to ask: “My work requires me to travel internationally several times a year, but because I work for a university, my employer books us in economy class. From your blog, I collectively have over 500,000 miles/points on American, US Airways, United, Amex Membership Rewards, and Chase Ultimate Rewards and would […]

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What Miles or Points Are The Best for Business Class Award Tickets to Hawaii?

August 25, 2013

TPG Reader Leslie asks: “I would like to travel over to Hawaii to see a friend from high school. I would really like to do it in first or business class since I have a  6-year-old child. What cards can I use to rack up miles and points that will be beneficial to this trip? […]

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And the Winner of My Lucky Charm Contest for 20,000 Avios Is…

August 12, 2013

Because I had such a great experience flying to London last week, for the current Thursday Giveaway, I decided to give one lucky TPG Instagram follower 20,000 British Airways Avios deposited into their Executive Club account, which is enough for a one-way economy award ticket on Aer Lingus from New York JFK, or almost enough […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 20,000 British Airways Avios If You Can Find My Instagram Lucky Charm

August 8, 2013

After a great flight from JFK to Dublin aboard business class in Aer Lingus (review to come), I touched down in the Emerald Isle this morning and have been enjoying a beautiful summer day in the Irish capital. Because I enjoyed my flight – which I was able to book in business class one-way for […]

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British Airways Enhances Online Award Search Tool

August 7, 2013

British Airways Avios can be extremely valuable, except that many awards have historically been difficult to book online due to their quirky online search engine. Luckily, this week British Airways rolled out some enhancements that make it easier to get the award you want. This is great news for a several reasons: 1- you won’t […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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How Can I Get The Best Value From NY to India Using Avios and the BA Companion Pass or United Miles?

August 4, 2013

TPG reader Henry wants to book a trip from NY to India using his Avios, United or ANA miles: “I have 250,000 Avios and the British Airways companion pass and also have Star Alliance points (280,000 United and 85,000 ANA). I would like to book a trip to India in January 2014 for 2 in […]

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The Big Business of Business Class Cabins

August 3, 2013

I just read a pretty interesting article in the NYT about the fierce competition between airlines to build the perfect business class seat- one that maximizes both passenger comfort and airline revenue. The piece interviews a bunch of industry execs who offer unique insight to the behind the scenes “arms race” that is going on […]

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