American’s Elite Qualifying Dollar Rates for Partner Airlines

Starting in 2017, American Airlines will require potential elite members to meet spending thresholds before earning elite status. For example, in addition to flying 100,000 elite-qualifying miles, travelers will have to earn 12,000 elite-qualifying dollars to reach Executive Platinum status. For those new to airline spending thresholds, you might assume that everything that you pay American Airlines would count…

American Airlines Makes Drastic Change to Mileage Earning Rates on Partners

Back in June, American Airlines announced that it was switching to a revenue-based mileage program effective August 1. However, the carrier didn’t clarify whether or not this change to earning award miles on AA flights would mean changes to earning award miles on partner airlines as well. At the time, American Airlines’ announcement only mentioned that earning award miles on…

Crediting American Airlines Flights to British Airways

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the partnership between American Airlines and British Airways, and why you might want to credit the mileage from your AA flights to its partner across the pond. In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how…

Does Alliance Elite Status Give Me Status with Each Airline?

TPG reader Creighton sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline elite benefits: “I have Cathay Pacific Silver status, which earns me Oneworld Ruby status. Since AAdvantage Gold also corresponds to Oneworld Ruby, can I use my Cathay Pacific status to get AAdvantage Gold?” Airline alliances can help you maximize travel by giving you access to rewards across a…

Review: SriLankan A330-200 Economy — Colombo to Malé

SriLankan Airlines is a popular choice for travelers to the Maldives given the fact that it operates several flights a day on the 90-minute route from Colombo to Malé. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently tested out the carrier’s economy product. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). After a…

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…

Upcoming American Airlines Award Chart Region Changes

American Airlines made a major announcement about changes to its AAdvantage mileage program in November, including a huge overhaul of its award chart. While most of the ensuing commentary has focused on how the airline raised the number of miles for many redemptions, it turns out there were other changes as well. TPG Special Contributor…

The Ins and Outs of American Airlines 500-Mile Upgrades

If you’re an American Airlines Gold or Platinum member, you can get a free upgrade to first class on domestic and select international flights by using “500-mile upgrades.” TPG Contributor JT Genter walks you through earning, purchasing and — most importantly — using these upgrades. Whether you realized it or not, one part of your AAdvantage…

TBIT-T4 Connector at LAX Offers Better Access to Lounges

The process of transferring between the Tom Bradley International Terminal and an American Airlines domestic flight used to be quite a hassle at LAX. Today, TPG Contributor Kevin Song shows us how the airport’s new connector bridge makes the process so much easier. Last Thursday, February 25, Los Angeles World Airports opened up the connector bridge between Tom…

Top 10 Airport Lounges in the US and How You Can Get In

Being able to access an airport lounge can make all the difference when you’re traveling, thanks to free drinks, snacks, Wi-Fi (and thus a little extra time for productivity) and a few moments away from the hectic main terminal. Unfortunately, most airport lounges in the US aren’t much more than dreary way stations little better…