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…

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…

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…

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…

Buy AAdvantage Miles for Just 1.89 Cents per Mile

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. Today, American Airlines…

Earn an Easy (and Free) 350+ AAdvantage Miles

The American Airlines AAdvantage program has had its ups and downs — most recently, its massive devaluation in March — but there’s still a lot to appreciate about the program. The carrier is now celebrating the 35 anniversary of AAdvantage by giving away 350,000 AAdvantage miles to 35 grand prize winners. Although your odds of winning the grand…

American Airlines Eliminates (Then Reinstates) Phone Award Booking Fees

Update 5/2/16 7:00pm: AA has reinstated the award ticketing fee, which was apparently removed in error during a site update today. Bummer! Here’s the corrected fee structure (which also includes corrected amounts for “Travel Center” bookings: This morning, American Airlines changed its fees for booking award tickets — eliminating some fees while increasing others. Phone Booking Fees First the…

Will I Earn AAdvantage Miles Based on Distance or Price?

TPG reader Ben emailed me to ask about earning AAdvantage miles: “I know American Airlines is changing how miles are earned in the second half of 2016, but if I purchase a ticket now for a flight in October, will I earn miles based on the current system (flight distance) or the new system (ticket price)?” Last fall, American Airlines…

AAdvantage Now Lets You Route to India and Maldives via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific

Update: American Airlines has now separated the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent regions on its award chart. Both awards are still pricing at the same levels — from the US, you’ll redeem 40,000 AAdvantage miles each way for economy, 70,000 for business class and 115,000 for first class when traveling to the following countries: Great news for…