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,…

Award Travel Honeymoon in Europe — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Flight Review: British Airways 787-8 in Economy — London to Austin, TX

New TPG Contributor Katie Genter recently flew from Rome (FCO) on British Airways’ 787 from London Heathrow (LHR) to Austin (AUS), one of the smallest US airports to provide nonstop service to/from Europe. Following is an account of her experiences. (All photos by the author.) When I needed to attend a recent conference in Hamburg,…

American Airlines Drops BA and Iberia Mileage Earning Rates

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Effective for flights on or after February 1, flights sold by British Airways and Iberia will earn just a fraction of the American Airlines miles that they currently earn. TPG Contributor JT Genter explains the changes…

Can I Use Miles to Upgrade on Partner Airlines?

TPG reader Gary tweeted to ask about upgrade awards on Oneworld partner airlines: @ThePointsGuy — “Can I upgrade my seat on a Qatar flight using AAdvantage miles?” I tend to use frequent flyer miles for first and business class awards, partly because those redemptions offer great value, but also because a premium seat makes a huge difference on longer flights. However, there are opportunities…

How To Search for Oneworld Award Availability

We get a lot of readers asking about the best strategies for searching for airline awards. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a guide of helpful hints for finding awards on Oneworld carriers, including the websites to use, tips for finding routes or carriers with better award availability and more….

European Destinations with the Best Award Availability

With autumn in full swing, many of us are looking forward to quick escapes across the pond. If you haven’t planned a getaway yet, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr is here to help, with a look at the top European destinations with plentiful award space. My fall travel destinations are pretty much the first thing I…

How to Maximize a Flight Deal with a Mileage Run

With the end of the year creeping ever closer, many elite flyers may be concerned about not achieving their desired status for next year. Enter the mileage run, a trip planned primarily — or even solely — for the elite and/or redeemable mileage you’ll earn. TPG Contributor JT Genter shows how you can turn a…

How Do I Redeem Leftover Rewards from a Foreign Airline?

TPG Reader Kayla emailed with a question about how to book awards with LAN Airlines: “I have 35,000 LANPASS kilometers that I’ve been trying to use for ages, but I’m having trouble finding awards from the US online, and calling LAN is frustrating. Is there a way to book these flights without too much hassle?” LANPASS is the loyalty program of Chilean carrier…