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Amex 35% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios Now Through June 7

April 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Finally! It’s been a relatively quiet year for Amex transfer bonuses, but starting today American Express […]

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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Trip Report: Eric’s Adventure at Iguazu Falls, Argentina

March 26, 2013

TPG Managing Editor Eric is spending a month down in Argentina (I’m such a tough boss!) checking out the scene in Buenos Aires and venturing around the country for wine-tasting and adventure. He also just spent a few days up at Iguazu Falls by redeeming British Airways Avios for an award ticket on LAN and […]

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Saturday Recap: My Latest Credit Card Churn, Enter to Win 100,000 SPG Points, Hilton Daily Grand Promo, British Airways and American Airlines Premium Fare Promotion, Alaska Airlines Now Offers One-Way Partner Awards

March 23, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: My Latest Credit Card Churn: This week I wrote a series about my most recent round of credit card applications. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to make sure everything is healthy before a round of applications. […]

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British Airways Happiness Fund Promo: Up to 40,000 Avios Per Premium Fare Roundtrip

March 18, 2013

The Oneworld trans-Atlantic partnership between British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Openskies often offers travelers who buy premium economy, premium economy, business and first class fares lucrative bonuses. Today, British Airways launched one of the most lucrative promotions I’ve seen in a while for US and Canadian Executive Club members: 20,000 bonus Avios per qualifying […]

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Video SRQ: What Are British Airways Avios Worth?

March 10, 2013

TPG reader Dani has racked up some British Airways Avios and tweeted me with a question about how much they’re worth: “What would you say is the dollar value of British Airways Avios points (for less frequent flyers than yourself)?” As with all things points- and miles-related, the value of Avios depends on what you […]

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British Airways A380 Will Fly LAX-LHR Starting in October With Special Discount Fares

March 6, 2013

British Airways announced that the first route to be serviced by its new A380 aircraft will be Los Angeles (LAX) – London Heathrow (LHR) beginning October 15, 2013. The second destination, Hong Kong, will be added on November 15, 2013. British Airways will be the first UK-based airline (not there are that many) to fly […]

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SRQ: Whether Or Not to Use The British Airways Travel Together Companion Ticket

March 3, 2013

TPG reader Rhoda has earned a British Airways Travel Together Companion Ticket thanks to spending on her British Airways Visa, but now she wants to know whether it’s worth using it because of BA’s huge fees and taxes. Here’s her question: “I’m wondering if you can provide me with some insight about how I should […]

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(Canada) 50% British Airways Transfer Bonus With Amex Membership Rewards Through March 31

March 1, 2013

I’ve previously written about the differences between the US and Canadian versions of the American Express Membership Rewards programs. In general, the US version is a lot more sophisticated and generous when it comes to the number of transfer partners, the standard transfer ratios as well as transfer bonuses. In fact, there are actually two […]

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My Ranking of the Top Five Limited Time Travel Rewards Card Offers

February 27, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match Tool. They say timing is everything, and that certainly holds true […]

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Saturday Recap: Up to 50,000 Amex Points, 1,000 Bonus SPG Points for Sheraton Club Stays, Delta Enhancing Transcontinental Flight Services, Pre-Reserve Meals on American, Wyndham Updates Award Chart

February 23, 2013

Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match Tool. Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Amazing Deal – 50,000 Membership Rewards Points for the Amex Premier Rewards Gold: Earlier this week, American Express released […]

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Reminder: British Airways Visa One of Best Current Credit Card Offers

February 21, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. The current offer for the Premier Rewards Gold is 25,000 points after $2,000 spend within 3 months. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer […]

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Maximize Monday: Current Buy Miles Promotions – United, American, US Airways, British Airways and Avianca

February 18, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. There are several buy miles promotions from various airlines going on at the moment – including a United 40% bonus that ends today! – so we asked TPG contributor Nick Ewen to run through the options […]

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British Airways Business Class Sale and 10% British Airways Visa Discount

February 14, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. British Airways has just launched a six-day fare sale for spring business class airfares from the US to Europe with fares starting as low as $2,816 roundtrip including all taxes and fees. This is by no […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Advantage to Additional Cardholders Vs. Two Accounts

February 3, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. TPG reader Sue asks: “We saw you at the New York Times Travel Show and have been following your blog. My question: Is there an advantage to opening a credit card account with a subcard vs. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Does Britishairways.com Show Accurate American Airlines Award Availability?

February 3, 2013

TPG reader Aaron asks: “If I see award availability for a flight on AA.com and don’t see the same flight available on britishairways.com with British Airways Avios, does that mean that BA actually has less AA availability, or just that their website shows fewer flights? I’ve often noticed that for high-volume routes (NYC to Chicago, […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Benefits of the British Airways Visa

January 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios with $2,000 spend in the first 3 months. The British Airways Visa is one of the most lucrative travel credit cards on the market […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Can You Transfer British Airways Avios to American Airlines Miles?

January 13, 2013

TPG reader Ann asks: “Can British Airways Avios points be transferred to American Airlines AAdvantage miles since the airliens are code share partners?  Or the reverse? For example, if one opens the BA card, could those bonus miles earned then be transferred to AA at any time? Or could an existing small AA balance be […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways Ends Monday, American and Qatar Codeshare Agreement, Double Miles with Fairmont, Bonus Southwest Points

January 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 30% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways Ends Monday: As a reminder, the British Airways transfer bonus from American Express ends on Monday. There is no need to register as the bonus is hard coded into the transfer page at Membership Rewards. Instead of […]

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British Airways Free Hotel Nights Promo: Worth It?

January 10, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. British Airways has teamed up with VisitBritain to offer travelers two free nights in a hotel on their next trip to the UK when they fly British Airways between now and May 31, 2013. This is […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Maximizing Travel Credit Cards Calendar Year Spending Threshold Bonuses

January 2, 2013

I hope everyone had a great time ringing in 2013. A new year means…a new chance to hit some spending thresholds on your travel credit cards and earn valuable bonuses! Many credit cards offer spend bonuses per calendar year, so it is best to plan your strategy now to figure out which bonuses are worth […]

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End Of Year Airline Miles Account Audit – Claiming Miles That Are Rightfully Yours

December 26, 2012

As the year comes to an end, and everyone is concerned about maintaining elite status, I wrote earlier this week about End of Year Hotel Point Account Audits, so today I look at how to make sure you received all the airline miles that you are due this year. Similar to hotel programs, I almost always find discrepancies in my […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Using Avios to Upgrade on American

December 23, 2012

TPG reader Neil asks: “I came across your website while I was searching a way to use my Amex membership rewards to fly on American Airlines from Las Vegas to Miami. It seemed that transferring from Amex to BA and then using BA to upgrade on AA was the way to go.  So, I enrolled […]

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