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

Great news for those of us with American Airlines miles — without any fanfare, American Airlines changed its award chart this week to allow transpacific routings when flying from the US to the “Indian Subcontinent.” Note that this option is only available for award flights on Cathay Pacific or American Airlines metal via Hong Kong (HKG). Otherwise, you’re still limited to previous…

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…

What You Need to Know About the Upcoming American Devaluation

Welcome to March, the month when AA’s AAdvantage program is scheduled to undergo a major devaluation when it comes to award redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor JT Genter digs into these changes and what they’ll mean for you. It’s just three weeks away now: The dreaded American Airlines devaluation. Effective March 22, the current, generous American Airlines award…

How Can I Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Flights to Europe?

TPG reader Ashkan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Transatlantic award travel: “I earned 75,000 AAdvantage miles from the Citi Executive card. Now that I have them, how do I get to Europe without paying the high surcharges on British Airways?” Fuel surcharges are a chronic nuisance to award travelers, as they can quickly diminish the value…

Does My Airline Elite Status Come with Lounge Access?

TPG reader Lydia sent me a message on Facebook to ask about lounge access: “I will soon reach AAdvantage Platinum status and wanted to make sure I understand the benefits. Will I get access to the Admirals Club or other lounges?” I’m a big fan of the AAdvantage program and I’ve found plenty of reasons to love Executive Platinum status…

How You’ll Earn Elite-Qualifying Miles on AA’s Partners in 2016

In 2015, your elite-qualifying mile (EQM) earnings for economy flights could vary significantly between American Airlines partners. This is changing in 2016! The AAdvantage program will now treat partners somewhat equally when it comes to earning EQMs. TPG Contributor JT Genter digs into the new charts to let you know what this could mean for your 2016 elite qualification. We are…

American Launching Service from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Monday night, American Airlines hinted at an announcement of new flights to New Zealand with the tweet: “Kiwis make for #GreatMates too. Learn more tomorrow.” Sure enough, this week American Airlines announced a new route between Los Angeles (LAX) and Auckland,…