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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when…

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…

How to Leverage Elite Status with Airline Alliances

From premier access and priority boarding to finger foods in luxe airport lounges, elite status can make a big difference in your airport experience. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse looks at the elite benefits offered by the three major airline alliances, along with how to earn status in each one. We’re all familiar with American, Delta and United…

Flight Review: British Airways A380 Club World — Washington, DC to London

During a recent transatlantic trip, new TPG Contributor Eduardo Garcia had a chance to upgrade to Club World on British Airways’ newest A380 by converting American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios. Here’s his review of the experience. I recently flew British Airways from Washington-Dulles (IAD) to London-Heathrow (LHR) in the airline’s Club World business-class cabin aboard the A380. While…

How I Earned 141,608 Miles From a Single Weekend of Flying

Join TPG Intern Kevin Song on his insane 72-hour mileage run marathon, including four Atlantic crossings, two transcons and a round-trip to Honolulu, all the while earning valuable American AAdvantage miles for his future travels.  I spent 72 hours sitting on planes and in airports a little while ago, for the sole purpose of earning miles….