Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) If you can get a couple months…

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Santiago

On a recent trip to Chile, TPG Assistant Editor Matthew Zuzolo visited Santiago for the week, and stayed at the Grand Hyatt Santiago.  Set in the Las Condes neighborhood, northeast of Santiago’s city center, the tall, cylindrical Grand Hyatt Santiago stands out amongst office buildings and small plazas. The hotel has 310 rooms and suites surrounding a marble-paved lobby that soars…

Free Marriott Points, United Club Access Changes & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Buy Your Way into Air France’s La Première Lounge Air France is opening up its First Class Lounge privileges in Paris (CDG) for passengers on long-haul flights with an Air France business class ticket. Here’s what you’ll have to…

Earning and Redeeming AAdvantage Miles on Non-Alliance Partners

I’m a huge fan of American Airlines and the AAdvantage program, and while I’ve written previously about using my miles for awards on oneworld partners like Japan Airlines, there are plenty of other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which carriers you can lean on to earn miles and elite status outside…

What’s the Best Card for Earning AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Michel tweeted me to ask about the best credit for earning American Airlines miles: @thepointsguy — “Which card is better to earn AAdvantage miles: Barclaycard Aviator Silver or Starwood Amex? (I don’t fly enough to earn Elite status.)” As with many cards, it depends on how you spend your money. The Barclaycard Aviator Silver earns 3 AAdvantage miles…

Thursday Giveaway: 85,000 IHG Rewards Club Points

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 85,000 IHG Points. Through the end of the month, IHG Rewards Club members can earn a variable bonus on purchased IHG points — we were targeted for a 70% bonus, so we’ll purchase 50,000 points for our giveaway winner, who will receive an additional 35,000 points as part of this promo. As a…

Can I Transfer Miles Between Frequent Flyer Programs?

One of the questions we get asked most frequently about award travel goes something like this: “American Airlines and British Airways are partners — can I transfer my AAdvantage miles to Avios?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Generally, you can’t transfer points between frequent flyer programs, even if they’re partners. Partnerships usually allow you to earn miles by…

Where Should I Transfer Points If I’m Closing My Amex Account?

TPG reader Candace tweeted me to ask about an American Express account she’s closing: @thepointsguy — “I’m closing my Amex card with 80,000 Membership Rewards points, but they don’t partner with my preferred airline. What should I do with my rewards?” To pre-emptively transfer your valuable points to a partner airline is risky. What happens if your…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we have a $500 American Airlines gift card in celebration of the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard’s recently increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, as well as American Airline’s cheap fares earlier this week. Additionally, American Airlines recently announced a transpacific partnership with Qantas that will include a new daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles LAX to Sydney starting in…