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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Oneworld Mega Do 2012 Booking Information

October 26, 2011

Many of you first heard of the term “Mega Do” when I went on the Star Alliance Mega Do this September. In a nutshell, an airline Mega Do is a frequent flyer dream trip – chartered jets full of mileage junkies, airline geeks, travel industry big wigs and everything in between. The Star Alliance event was […]

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Air Berlin Flights Now Bookable With American Miles

October 8, 2011

Air Berlin, Europe’s fifth largest airline, will soon be an official part of the Oneworld alliance and in the meantime their awards are already bookable using American Airlines (and soon other Oneworld airlines) miles. It was announced last summer that they’d be joining Oneworld and as part of my blog post last July, I highlighted a […]

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(Targeted) Earn up to 35,000 Bonus British Airways Miles on Transatlantic Flights

July 27, 2011

British Airways is running a bonus miles promotion for trips booked until September 28, 2011 (registration link). It is a targeted promotion, but you might as well try registering if you have any transatlantic Oneworld traffic coming up! Your search for up to 35,000 bonus BA Miles is over: 15,000 bonus BA Miles for every […]

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Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing on American Airlines Awards

June 30, 2011

This is the fourth installment in the series. See also Delta, British Airways and US Airways. To come: Continental, United and Air Canada. American Airlines was the first US legacy carrier to institute one-way awards and when that happened, they greatly scaled back the flexibility of awards when it came to stopovers. As the saying goes, as […]

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Buying American Express Membership Rewards Points for British Airways Redemptions

June 20, 2011

A unique aspect of the Membership Rewards program is that you can buy points for $25 per 1,000 up to 500,000 points per calendar year. While I generally don’t recommend buying points, it may make sense to do so while British Airways is running a 50% transfer promotion until July 31, 2011. At a purchase price […]

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Guest Blog Post: 23,500 American Miles for Opening a Citibank Checking Account

June 18, 2011

On Monday May 2, 2011 I announced that I will be featuring guest blog posts from some of the greatest minds in the frequent flyer world. For the first post, I introduced Joshua Pickles, also known as Mr. Pickles. In the frequent flyer community Mr. Pickles is known for his ability to analyze opportunities and […]

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