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,…

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…