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How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

October 15, 2014

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these […]

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Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

August 25, 2014

Iberia Airlines recently devalued its award chart, greatly increasing the number of Avios one needs for Oneworld partner redemptions. Since Iberia and British Airways are both owned by the International Airlines Group, it’s not unrealistic to think that a similar change could be coming to British Airways with regard to redeeming on their partner airlines. Here’s a look at the award […]

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Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

August 5, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains the differences and similarities between British Airways and Iberia Avios, and how the two programs can be used together to maximize award travel. Many points & miles enthusiasts have a love/hate relationship with British Airways, specifically due to their loyalty program “reboot” back in 2011 (which annihilated the value of the old […]

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TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More

July 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. On July […]

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Where Should You Bank Miles When Flying Royal Air Maroc?

May 25, 2014

Recently, TPG reader Rosie emailed me to ask: “If the airline I’m soon flying, Royal Air Moroc, is not affiliated with any alliance, am I out of luck when it comes to banking miles? Does this mean that the miles won’t count?” I’ve been to Morocco, and it’s a pretty amazing country. However, I’ve never flown their official […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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How to Use British Airways Avios to Book Eurostar Awards

May 14, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to discuss how you can use your British Airways Avios (or for that matter American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest points) to book Eurostar train tickets within Europe- and why it may make a lot more sense than flying on these routes. British Airways […]

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Up to 100,000 AAdvantage Miles or Avios With Premium Oneworld Transatlantic Flights This Summer

May 12, 2014

Premium transatlantic travelers are a hot commodity for airlines. Airfares are generally through the roof and the airlines have been doing their best to put their best lie-flat products on these routes (like Delta who is almost done retrofitting all aircraft to have lie-flat seats, like what I flew to Milan last summer and American […]

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Saturday Recap: American Bonus Miles Between the US and Tokyo, 500 Free Virgin Atlantic Miles, 1,000 Bonus Miles for Stays in the Caribbean and More

April 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta SkyClub Policy Change For Alaska Board Room Members: Alaska’s Board Room member page  announced that, effective May 1, 2014, Delta SkyClubs will no longer offer guest privileges to Board Room members. Instead, Board Room members may now purchase discounted $29 day passes […]

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How To Get Around the Glitch Moving Avios Between British Airways And Iberia

April 2, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele (and a lot of other frequent flyers) have found it impossible to move Avios between their British Airways and Iberia accounts recently. Here’s the way he found to work around the problem. The British Airways Executive Club can be an incredibly valuable rewards program, but it is crippled by the outrageous […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Asia Miles on Cathay Pacific, Earn Double Points On JetBlue Getaways, Regent Hotels Offer Airberlin Bonus Points For Stays and More

March 8, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn Double Miles For Flying Premium Economy On Cathay Pacific: You can earn double Asia Miles for flying premium economy on Cathay Pacific. Simply register and travel before March 31, 2014. New members who join the program can also earn 500 bonus miles. […]

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Last Days To Maximize the Amex British Airways 20% Transfer Bonus + Iberia 50% Mileage Transfer Bonus- Worth It?

December 30, 2013

Back in October, Amex launched a 20% transfer bonus to British Airways that ends tomorrow, December 31, and lately, I’ve had a lot of readers (and family members) writing in to ask whether it’s worth taking advantage of even if you don’t have any Avios award redemptions planned in the near future. First, let’s consider […]

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Getting a Paid Business Class Upgrade on Iberia For $471

October 18, 2013

As I reported last week, I recently flew to Madrid to surprise a friend for her 30th birthday and got the chance to check out Iberia’s new business class aboard the A330. The way I got to fly business class was that I had purchased a roundtrip ticket earlier this summer on American Airlines’ website […]

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Flight Review: Iberia A330-300 Business Class New York – Madrid

October 10, 2013

Last week I went to Madrid for a few days to surprise my friend Lori for her 30th birthday. I had found a fare from Berlin to New York on Air Berlin with a return to Madrid on October 1 (I already had this surprise trip in mind!) on Iberia. I purchased the roundtrip ticket […]

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15,000 Bonus American Miles For Iberia Flights From US to Madrid

July 3, 2013

American Airlines has teamed up with its Oneworld partner Iberia to offer flyers up to 15,000 bonus American miles on Iberia flights from the US to Madrid this summer including 5,000 bonus miles on all economy tickets. Register here with the promo MADIB, and then buy a roundtrip ticket on an Iberia flight (including those […]

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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 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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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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ExpertFlyer To The Rescue: Save Time and Miles With Flight Alerts

April 24, 2013

I’ve been using ExpertFlyer for years, whether its searching for award availability, routing options or fare information, it’s got a lot of functionality. However, the one tool that I can’t sing enough praises about is the flight alert feature which allows you to set alerts for award tickets so as soon as the airline releases […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

March 26, 2013

As we all sit around and wait for another lucrative transfer bonus from American Express such as recent 50% bonuses to British Airways and the historic (but seemingly long-gone) up-to-67% bonuses to Delta, there are still plenty of standard transfer options from which you can pull tremendous value from American Express’s points program, which is […]

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25% British Airways Avios Award Discount On Long-Haul Flights

November 15, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Now through November 19, 2012, British Airways is offering a 25% discount on Avios redemptions on British Airways long-haul flights to celebrate the 1st anniversary of Avios. The “6 Day Flight Sale” will include awards on […]

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Maximizing Iberia Flights With British Airways Avios

November 12, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. While Britishairways.com can be a good tool for booking award tickets, it also has a lot of bugs and makes searching for non-BA flights a pain. If you are flying anywhere that could possibly route through […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Avios, American, Delta and United Miles Plus Cheap Ireland Flights

October 13, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 100,000+ Bonus Iberia Avios For Premium Tickets to Europe: Much like recent American and British Airways promos, Iberia just announced new bonuses for traveling on premium fares between North America and Europe. You must register by December 31, 2012, and fly between […]

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How to Redeem British Airways Avios Without Huge Fees

September 26, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Tomorrow marks the last day that those of us in the US with American Express Membership Rewards points can transfer to British Airways Avios at a 40% bonus, so I thought I’d remind people that it […]

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