How to Maximize Miles with Alliances and Airline Partners

Freqeunt flyer miles would be a lot less interesting if you could only use them on one airline. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use airline partners for award flights just about anywhere you want to go. Most frequent flyers have heard of the major airline alliances: SkyTeam, Oneworld,…

Top 10 Ways to Redeem American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of American Airlines and the AAdvantage program; pound for pound, I think it easily trumps the other domestic legacy carriers. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers some daydream material with a look at some of the best AAdvantage awards redemptions out there. It’s a dynamic time for the American Airlines AAdvantage…

Best Ways To Redeem British Airways Avios

Since American Express is offering a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways through January 31, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best ways to redeem them. British Airways Avios sometimes get a bad rap thanks to high fuel surcharges flying to/from London on BA itself. However, Avios are…

Oneworld Adds Priority Baggage Benefits for Elites

Starting today, December 1, 2014, the Oneworld alliance is extending priority baggage handling benefits to all its top-tier Emerald and mid-tier Sapphire elites, as well as the elite equivalents of its member airlines when they fly on any Oneworld carrier in any cabin class and to any destination. Oneworld Sapphire elites will receive additional baggage allowance benefits on all…

Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options…

Should I Drop United if I Fly Mostly Long Haul?

TPG reader Alvin asked me on Facebook: “I’m an infrequent flyer with United and Star Alliance (two long haul domestic round-trips and a transpacific each year). Since United is shifting to a fare-based mileage plan, this negates my travel style. Should I cash out soon and put my miles on another Star Alliance carrier?” This…

Earn 30,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on Transatlantic Routes

American Airlines is currently running a promotion where you can earn an extra 30,000 AAdvantage miles for flying a return transatlantic trip in First or Business Class. However, the bonus is not available to passengers based in the US, and is instead only offered to passengers with registered addresses in select European countries (not including the UK, see…

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…

Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds New Transfer Partners

Citi ThankYou Rewards has for a long time been the pipsqueak little brother to the major transferable points programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. Without transfer options, the most you could hope to get from ThankYou points was about 1.25 cents apiece, and that was only for Citi Premier and Citi Prestige…

Using Air Travel Passes to Maximize International Travel

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele introduces us to the Air Travel Pass, a great way to get around for travelers with multiple regional destinations in mind. The most efficient way to use your points and miles is to see as much as you can with one major international award flight, rather than travel back and forth between home…