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…

American Airlines Vs. Qantas: Which Airline to Fly to Australia?

Last week, American Airlines announced a transpacific partnership with Qantas that will include a new daily nonstop flight aboard AA’s flagship 777-300ER from Los Angeles LAX to Sydney starting in December 2015. TPG Special Contributor (and frequent Qantas passenger) Eric Rosen takes a look at both airlines and the factors that should help you decide…

Points Intervention: Maximizing Your Miles

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track. In this episode, you’ll see me doing something I…

Up to 115,000 Bonus American Miles for Flights to Europe This Summer

It looks like my wish came true! On the heels of British Airways’ announcement last week, American Airlines has launched a summer Europe mileage bonus promotion of its own, letting you earn up to 115,000 bonus miles on round-trip flights between Europe and the US, Canada or Mexico on American and US Airways, British Airways,…

Will Cathay Pacific Restrict First-Class Awards Using Partner Miles?

According to an article in yesterday’s South China Morning Post, Cathay Pacific is considering an overhaul of its loyalty program, including the possible restriction of first class awards using partner miles. While this is probably not a huge blow to the vast majority of flyers, Cathay Pacific first class is one of the feathers in…

Up to 115,000 Bonus Avios for Summer Transatlantic Flights

British Airways has launched one of its periodic transatlantic flight mileage bonuses, offering up to 115,000 bonus Avios for flights this summer not only on BA itself and OpenSkies, but also on American, US Airways, Iberia and Finnair. To qualify for the promotion, you must first register here and then fly before August 7, 2015. Here’s how the…

Do Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer to American Airlines?

TPG reader Preston tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to American Airlines miles?”  Sadly, Citi ThankYou Rewards points don’t transfer to American Airlines miles, at least not yet. Citi just released new sign-up bonuses an bumped up earning rates on the Citi Prestige card and the Citi ThankYou Premier card, so you can earn…

Maximizing British Airways Avios on Long-Haul Routes

British Airways Avios are prized for the value they offer on short-haul flights, while most frequent flyers ignore them entirely on longer routes. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains why we should rethink that strategy before the upcoming devaluation. There are only a few weeks left until British Airways devalues its award chart. The changes will hit long and medium-haul routes the…

How to Book Awards with American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your…

Using Avios for Short-haul Flights from Oneworld Hubs

British Airways Avios have long been valued for short-haul redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how much value you can expect to get by redeeming on Oneworld and other partner airlines from their respective hubs. With the impending Avios devaluation coming next month, and British Airways locking out many Executive Club members and zeroing…