Booking Aer Lingus with Points and Miles

Aer Lingus, Ireland’s largest airline, is one of the most popular ways to get to Dublin and beyond. Until the carrier joins with British Airways and Iberia in using Avios next year, it still requires a bit of savvy to book award flights. TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to book award travel on Aer…

Why Is There So Much Variation Between Airline Award Charts?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask about award ticket pricing: “Even with the lowest level British Airways awards going away, their short-haul flights seem like an excellent deal. For example, New York to Miami is still just 15,000 Avios round-trip versus 25,000 Advantage miles for the same flight. Why is there such a hefty discount?” In…

Top Travel Rewards Cards, American Introduces Premium Economy Cabin & More

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 reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Three European Cities (Almost Entirely) on Points and Miles

Last month, TPG Contributor Adam Erace burned a mix of miles, bonus nights and other loyalty-program and credit-card benefits for a three-city, three-country holiday in London, Istanbul and Paris — the latter, unfortunately, during the recent terror attacks. Here’s how Erace planned a luxurious European vacation with minimal cash outlay — and managed to get home amidst a city-wide emergency. Since I discovered this website two…

British Airways Visa 10% Discount Extended Through 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa If you’re a British Airways Visa Signature Card holder, you likely got an email yesterday with some welcome news: The card’s 10% discount on British Airways flights has been extended through 2016! Until this announcement, this discount only applied to flights departing before…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Preferred, British Airways Visa November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up…

How Can I Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Flights to Europe?

TPG reader Ashkan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Transatlantic award travel: “I earned 75,000 AAdvantage miles from the Citi Executive card. Now that I have them, how do I get to Europe without paying the high surcharges on British Airways?” Fuel surcharges are a chronic nuisance to award travelers, as they can quickly diminish the value…

About Face! Airlines Flying Rear-Facing Seats

To help you make good travel choices both coming and going, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the carriers fielding rear-facing seats and what you can expect from them. As many airlines cut back on first class and aim to cram more seats into their business-class cabins, one trend you might have…

How Can I Use Transferable Points for Flights to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sharon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking award flights: “Newbie here … I have 19,000 Amex points, 28,000 SPG points, 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points and no airline miles. What’s the best way to redeem for a flight from Portland to Kona, Hawaii?” Hawaii is a popular destination for award travelers, and while…

3 Uruguayan Vacations You Can Book with Points and Miles

Whether you’re looking for a city adventure, romantic couples retreat or ritzy beach getaway, Uruguay has something for everyone. Today, TPG Contributor Elyse Beasley Steinhaus takes a detailed look at how to use travel rewards to get there. I’ve had my eye on Uruguay for a while now – ever since I read a blogger’s…