Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe from $1,519

There have been some amazing deals on business-class flights to Europe from the West Coast and East Coast over the past few weeks, with travelers having the opportunity to book premium-cabin travel to a number of European cities for less than $1,600 round-trip. This week, you can still take advantage of great fares from Philadelphia to a bunch of…

10 Ways to Use the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Sign-Up Bonus

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses can be for earning award travel, but it’s important to understand how to redeem those points once you get them. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some great uses for the sign-up bonus from one popular Amex Membership Rewards card. American Express made some big changes…

Business-Class Deal Alert: AA and Iberia to Spain from $1,629

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Note: To take advantage of this deal, you’ll need…

Free Delta Silver Status, New Disney Cruise and Southwest Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Disney Cruises Announces New Sailings for 2016 Disney Cruises will sail to the Bahamas and Canada from New York starting in 2016. The cruise line will also offer new route options from Miami and Galveston, including Miami to the Eastern and Western…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

Double TrueBlue Points, Starwood Asia Pacific Sale & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Emirates Blocks Upgrades on the Cheapest Fare Class Emirates is changing their rules regarding upgrades on February 1, 2015. Emirates flyers with fares categorized as Business Special and Economy Special will no longer be able to upgrade their tickets….

How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

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…

Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

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…

Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

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…