Will the AAdvantage Program Waive Revenue Requirements?

TPG reader Alex sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage elite status: “If my address is not in the US, do I still need to meet American’s EQD requirements to earn status in 2017?” After holding its ground for several years, American Airlines recently announced that it will follow Delta and United by adding a revenue component…

Review: JAL Sky Suite 787 Business Class — Tokyo to New York

On his way back from a three-month study abroad adventure in China, TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel tested out JAL’s new Sky Suite 787 onboard the Dreamliner, which he booked with 60,000 American AAdvantage miles. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author). Nonstop routes between Asia and New York have some of the most coveted seats in premium…

The Top Uses of Flying Blue Miles

In light of the news that you can now transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to the Flying Blue program, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through some of the best redemption options. Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and other carriers, was recently announced as a new…

Redeem AAdvantage Miles for Flights to Cuba

On Tuesday, the first American Airlines flights to Cuba went on sale. While you weren’t able to redeem AAdvantage miles for these flights at the time, just a couple of days later, American Airlines has opened award bookings for these flights. That said, the process is currently both new and quite complicated. We worked with a few American…

Score 500 Bonus Points Just for Following Marriott Rewards on Instagram

Earlier this year, Marriott announced that its Rewards members would get special discounts on stays when they book directly through the chain. Now, the hotel brand is running a promotion where members can receive 500 bonus points simply by following the Marriott Rewards page on Instagram before June 21. If you’re not already a member, you can still sign up for…

Up to 67% Bonus & 10% Off When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. Last week, American…

Is Elite Status Worth Being Loyal to a Single Airline?

TPG reader Josh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about being a frequent flyer: “I love to travel abroad and always try to fly United, but other airlines seem like better options for a few big trips I’m planning. I also haven’t been able to accrue as many United miles as I would like…

8 Reasons Why Travel to Cartagena, Colombia Is Growing

A few months ago, TPG Contributor — and former Travel Editor — Melanie Wynne pounced on a sweet JetBlue flight deal to Cartagena, Colombia, and spent six days wandering between the past and present in this elegant, sexy (and crumbling) city on South America’s Caribbean coast. She shot all the photos too. Ask a cross-section of Americans what the word “Cartagena” invokes for them, and chances…

Best Routes for AA’s New 7,500-Mile Award Level

TPG Contributor JT Genter takes a look at the best options for using American’s new award level for flights under 500 miles in length. While most of the changes to the AAdvantage program on March 22 were negative, there were also some positive updates. One of these is certainly the addition of the 7,500-mile award level for…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….