The New Way You’ll Earn AAdvantage Award Miles on AA’s Partners

Now that American’s AAdvantage program has made the switch to a revenue-based earning structure, the way you’ll earn both redeemable and elite-qualifying miles on partner carriers has changed quite a bit. Below, TPG Contributor JT Genter explains the new calculations you’ll need to keep in mind. Yesterday marked the end of an era: The American…

One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

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…