British Airways

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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Reader Experience: Lessons Learned from a Misbooked Avios/American Award

July 25, 2013

TPG reader Eric wrote to me this week about a very frustrating experience he just had with British Airways and American Airlines. As a background, Eric’s sister was visiting him in Miami and he had purchased her an award ticket home on American Airlines using 7,500 Avios. Once she arrived at the airport, however, American […]

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How to Maximize the Chase Ink Card Lounge Program

July 24, 2013

One nice lesser-discussed perks for Chase Ink cardholders is complimentary Lounge Club membership as well as two free lounge passes per year. Lounge Club membership is sort of like Priority Pass membership where you pay to join (that is, if your credit card doesn’t give you free membership) and then each time you visit a […]

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Which Product Is Best For A Transatlantic Flight- American, British Airways or Delta?

July 21, 2013

This week TPG follower @TravelChaz tweeted: “Flying from US to London, which product is best – Delta, British Airways or American?” Without considering frequent flyer miles or anything of that nature, the best product for a transatlantic flight in my opinion is the new American Airlines First Class, which I recently flew from JFK to Sao […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Partners And Which Are Bookable Online

July 3, 2013

One of the most frustrating parts of searching for and booking award tickets is knowing where to look. Many airline websites are either woefully or willfully outdated when it comes to searching not only their own award availability, but also that of their partners. In light of recent exciting developments including EVA’s entrance into Star […]

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British Airways Fare Sale: Club World New York/Toronto to London for $1,655 and 20,000 Avios Roundtrip

June 27, 2013

British Airways flew its first 787 today from Seattle to London and to celebrate they just launched a fare sale to commemorate event and build buzz around the first two cities that get 787 service from North America: Toronto and Newark. Fares begin at $787 in World Traveller (economy), $1,209 in World Traveller Plus (premium […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in […]

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Video SRQ: Is It Worth it to Pay a 7% Credit Card Fee to Earn Capital One Rewards Points?

June 9, 2013

TPG reader Katie is doing some home improvements and wants to use her Capital One Venture Rewards card to pay for them, but that might not be the best idea: “We have to have $2,900 worth of work done on the house. Our handyman accepts credit cards, but he’ll have to charge a 7% sales […]

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Update: Saving Money on Fees by Transferring British Airways Avios to Iberia Avios + Iberia Award Promo

June 5, 2013

One of the best ways to get more value out of your British Airways Avios is to transfer them to Iberia, which is also part of the Avios program, and book your trip on Iberia instead because booking flights from North America to Europe and within Europe on Iberia generally incurs much lower carrier-imposed fees […]

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Video Post: Is It Worth Transferring Amex To British Airways at a 35% Bonus?

June 5, 2013

As a reminder, the 35% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios ends this Friday, June 7, 2013, so if you were planning to make a transfer, but haven’t already taken advantage of it, you should do so soon. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and even 50%, it beats the most […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Points with Priority Club, 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways, Bonus Points for American Airlines Business ExtrAA Members, 500 Free Lufthansa Miles & More Miles, Save 10% When Booking with

June 1, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 35% Transfer Bonus From Amex to British Airways Ends Friday: As a recap, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios through Friday, June 7, 2013. While not quite as generous as recent transfer bonuses of 40% and even 50%, it […]

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Video SRQ: Using Amex Points to Cover a Trip to London and Paris

May 26, 2013

TPG reader Decker wants to take his wife on a trip to London and Paris next spring: “I have almost 500,000 points with American Express. My wife and I are planning a trip to London and Paris in March of 2014. Do you have any suggestions for how we can use these points in the […]

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My Experience Booking Aer Lingus Business Class With British Airways Avios

May 25, 2013

A group of friends and I are going to Dublin for a friend’s birthday this summer and we were trying to decide how to get there. We wanted to leave the return open-ended since we’ll be making a whole trip of it (potentially to Croatia) and aren’t sure yet where we’ll be returning from, but […]

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Saturday Recap: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts, Delta’s Terminal 4 at JFK is Now Open, Bonus Starpoints and Elite Qualifying Nights on SPG Group Bookings, Triple Iberia Points with Marriott, Bonus on British Airways Purchased Avios

May 25, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts: Earlier this week, a massive tornado struck Oklahoma where thousands of lives and numerous communities have been devastated by this disaster. Hyatt is encouraging your support to help this cause by donating $50,000 […]

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#throwbackthursday: 8 Of My Most Memorable Flights/Trips

May 23, 2013

Throwback Thursday, also known as #tbt on Twitter and Instagram, is when people post old pictures of themselves from the past. Well, I thought I’d do a fun walk down memory lane including pictures from some of my memorable past flights/trips. For me, some of my best trips may not be the best in-flight products, […]

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Bonus on British Airways Avios Purchases Now Through June 13

May 20, 2013

British Airways has announced that Executive Club members who purchase Avios now through June 13, 2013, will receive a bonus of up to 7,000 Avios. The amount of bonus Avios you receive will be based on the amount you purchase. Purchase 2,000 – 6,000 Avios and receive 100 bonus Avios Purchase 7,000 – 12,000 Avios […]

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Video SRQ: Avoiding High British Airways Surcharges and Finding Award Availability

May 19, 2013

TPG Reader Eric is having trouble using Avios for a flight from New York to London: “How is it possible that buying an award ticket from NY to London this summer using Avios in coach costs more than purchasing the ticket outirght in cash? Those surcharges are ridiculous. Also, is there any Anytime option for […]

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Discount Business Class Fares to Europe From $2,400 Roundtrip

May 13, 2013

British Airways is offering a summer sale through tomorrow for roundtrip business class flights from New York to the UK and Europe starting at $2,699 for travel between June 28-September 5, 2013, and other airlines have started matching. The BA discount fares are available from New York (JFK as well as Newark) to London, Paris, […]

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Video SRQ: Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Maximize A Bonus Without a Redemption in Mind

May 12, 2013

TPG reader Joe is intrigued by the current Amex 35% transfer bonus to British Airways which expires June 7: “Would it be smart to transfer points to British Airways Avios from American Express Membership Rewards with the current bonus if you don’t have a redemption in mind? I was going to transfer some anyway to […]

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