Qatar Officially Joining Oneworld

October 8, 2012

As I reported last week, Qatar Airways plans to join the Oneworld alliance, and it made the announcement official today at a Oneworld press conference. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s likely to take at least a year until the airline is fully integrated into the alliance. Though this move has been […]

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Financial Times Reports Qatar to Join Oneworld Alliance

October 1, 2012

There’s been a lot of speculation and confusion this week around which airline will be joining the Oneworld alliance on October 8th, when the major CEO’s of the alliance’s members are set to make a big announcement. speculated Qatar was the new addition, but Qatar’s CEO vehemently denied the claims yesterday leading some to […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Is It Worth It to Redeem for First Class Over Business Class On An Award to Paris?

September 30, 2012

TPG reader Jacob is in a great situation – he’s raked in a ton of American Airlines miles and wants to redeem them for a premium-class ticket to Europe. His question has to do with how to get the best value out of his hard-earned miles (and which airline to redeem them on) now that […]

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How to Redeem British Airways Avios Without Huge Fees

September 26, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Tomorrow marks the last day that those of us in the US with American Express Membership Rewards points can transfer to British Airways Avios at a 40% bonus, so I thought I’d remind people that it […]

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Destination of the Week: Fiji

July 6, 2012

Whether the record-setting heat wave hitting much of the country has you wanting out, or a July 4 holiday that fell on a Wednesday  prevented you from taking a bonafide vacation, chances are you’ve spent a moment or two thinking about the balmy ocean breezes and over water bungalows of our current Destination of the […]

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Qantas Awards Now Bookable on

July 2, 2012

When I visited American’s headquarters in Dallas as part of the Oneworld Megado event in January, one of the things promised was better Oneworld partner award availability on The plan was for British Airways and Hawaiian to be added first (which happened in April) and then Qantas, which went into effect this past weekend. […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: American First Class or Cathay Business?

June 3, 2012

TPG reader Seth brings up an interesting question about how to choose which airline in an alliance to use your miles on. Especially when it means a difference in class of service. In this particular case, choosing between American Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Here’s his question: “A quick question for you: Flying from Bangkok to […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

May 8, 2012

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying […]

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American Airlines and JAL Promo: Reduced Priced Awards to Asia

March 31, 2012

April and May are a great time to visit Asia (especially Japan during the cherry blossoms) and AA and JAL are running joint reduced mileage award promotions. For those with AAdvantage miles, from April 6, 2012 to May 31, 2012 you can fly to Asia on American or Oneworld partner JAL in coach roundtrip for […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: 50% Bonus On Amex To British Airways Transfers Until May 31, 2012

March 15, 2012

American Express Membership Rewards is now offering a 50% bonus on transfers to British Airways Avios points until May 31, 2012. The bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, so 1,000 Amex points = 1,500 Avios points and they transfer instantly. The most recent Amex transfer bonus to Avios back in November was just […]

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1,000 Free AAdvantage Miles for First 20,000 People Only

February 27, 2012

Link to play the game to get 1,000 free miles. Update: This appears to be dead.. I’m still going to keep an eye on it to see if they open it up to more contestants given the popularity of the promotion. Feel free to Tweet @AAdvantage and let them know you weren’t happy about the […]

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Oneworld Megado Stories in the AP and USA Today

February 22, 2012

It’s already been a few weeks since the whirlwind Oneworld Megado came to an end, but stories keep coming out thanks to a few of the journalists who were along for the ride. For those of you who are interested in what goes on on one of these, both articles provide interesting insights to the […]

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Oneworld Megado: The Final Day with Qantas and Cathay Pacific

February 7, 2012

After four very busy days, several flights (and a few mechanical failures), 10,794 flight miles and touring American Airlines’ and Boeing’s facilities in Dallas and Seattle respectively, it was time to wrap up the first ever Oneworld Megado in Los Angeles. Flight Path Museum In the afternoon, we all met up at the little known […]

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Oneworld Megado Day 4: Seattle and Boeing Tour: Customer Experience Center, 737 Production & Museum of Flight

February 1, 2012

Congrats to the following winners of Monday’s Mega Do Giveaway! Two one-way American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades go to Twitter follower Kati Lechner @katigirl who will use the SWUs to upgrade Chicago to Shanghai. Congrats – I’ll be in touch! The $50 AA Gift Certificate goes to commenter Snuggliestbear who is a mileage geek because “I […]

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Oneworld Megado at American Airlines and Systemwide Upgrade Giveaway

January 30, 2012

Congrats to Tom A. who won the British Airways goody bag and 13,000 Avios points! His BA redemption tip was: “Los Angeles to Honolulu: Avios: 12,500 points and $10.70.” I’ll be in touch to arrange prize delivery shortly. I already shared some of the more lighthearted moments from our day at DFW on the Oneworld Megado, but […]

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Oneworld Megado Moments

January 28, 2012

The Oneworld Megado madness continues in Los Angeles this weekend, and seatmate contest winner Conor, Eric and I have been busy in Dallas and Seattle this week hanging out with the folks at American Airlines and Boeing. We’re still in the midst of all the events, but I thought I’d share some of the lighter […]

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Oneworld Megado Day One: American Airlines JFK-LHR First Class and British Airways in London

January 25, 2012

The first ever Oneworld Megado began yesterday with a quick jaunt across the pond from JFK-LHR aboard one of American Airlines’ flagship 777-200’s. American Airlines really rolled out the red carpet for attendees making it quite possibly the best customer service I’ve ever gotten in an airport. Upon arrival I was welcomed numerous times and […]

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Follow Me on the First Oneworld Mega Do

January 23, 2012

This week I’ll be embarking on an epic journey to London, Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles as part of the first ever Oneworld Mega Do. The trip, which sold out within minutes of being put on sale to the public (I was able to pre-purchase since my other site is a sponsor of the […]

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December 30, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to take a look back at what has been an amazing, challenging and rewarding year. So let’s take a quick peek at the points I’ve earned and burned, some of my favorite redemptions, and my major strategy shifts in terms of credit cards and travel. CREDIT CARDS […]

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The Ten Finalists for the Great Seatmate Contest Round 2 are …

November 19, 2011

Bad Teacher HighFlyer2 Ethan the Magician The “Other” Brian Points Dad Jasmine from New York PHD in Fun The ‘Stache The Points Rapper Tricia – All Party A big thank you to everyone who submitted a video! My team and I had a great time watching all the entries. Please cast your vote by 11:59pm […]

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Last Day to Enter! Win a Seat on the Oneworld Mega Do: TPG Great Seatmate Round 2

November 18, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to enter this contest. Submit your video by 11:59pm Eastern time! There are only a handful of entries so far, so you might as well enter- even if its just a video of your cat with subtitles! The first ever Oneworld Mega Do in January […]

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Reminder: Enter to Win a Spot on the Oneworld Mega Do

November 16, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that I’m giving away a ~$2,000 package to the OneWorld Mega Do – including a spot on the charter next to me in the exit row and hotels for 3 nights. All you need to do is make a 30 second video on why you’d be a great seatmate. See the […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Miles When Flying on Airline Partners and Codeshares?

November 6, 2011

TPG reader Rosemary writes: Something that has confused me for awhile now is how to make certain I am earning 100% of mileage points for one airline when actually flying on a codeshare flight and a different airline’s metal. How does this work exactly? As long as I sign up with a mileage number for […]

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Oneworld Mega Sold Out! Plus AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge Promo

October 27, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about the Oneworld Mega Do and urged everyone to buy tickets ASAP. Well, it opened up to the public this morning and tickets sold out in 23 minutes! So, which TPG readers are going on the trip? If you didn’t get in on this, I will be giving away a seat next […]

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