Flying a Round the World Award Using US Airways Miles

TPG special contributor Eric Rosen recently used his US Airways miles to book a round-trip business class award…that instead let him fly round the world. Here’s how he did it. The sweet spots in US Airways’ award chart combined with its lax routing rules make it possible to fly around the world for the same…

First Look at the Snazzy New LAX Oneworld Business Lounge

Los Angeles-based TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne recently had a chance to check out the new Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX… here’s her review! Unveiled just yesterday, the new oneworld International Business Lounge at Los Angeles’ LAX is a real winner. Set on Level 5 of the sparkling Tom Bradley International Terminal (fully renovated as of June 2013) and…

Is There a Minimum Age Limit To Get An Airline Frequent Flyer Accounts?

Earlier this week, TPG reader (and responsible parent) JB tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Brian, is there a minimum age limit for setting up a frequent flyer account? For instance, can my six-year-old start accumulating miles?” My answer is – absolutely!  After all, as the saying goes: “The family that accrues miles together, stays together.” (Okay,…

Saturday Recap: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes, Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii on American, Amtrak Double Days Fall Promotion, Win A Trip To London With Virgin Atlantic

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundstrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total)…

2013 Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

There have been a lot of changes in the past year as airlines have merged (or are about to!), award requirements have changed on various routes such as with Air France (or are about to with programs like Aeroplan), new airlines have joined alliances and formed non-alliance partnerships like Qantas and Emirates’ recent agreement, and…

Consolidated List of Airline Partners And Which Are Bookable Online

One of the most frustrating parts of searching for and booking award tickets is knowing where to look. Many airline websites are either woefully or willfully outdated when it comes to searching not only their own award availability, but also that of their partners. In light of recent exciting developments including EVA’s entrance into Star…

Video SRQ: Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Maximize A Bonus Without a Redemption in Mind

TPG reader Joe is intrigued by the current Amex 35% transfer bonus to British Airways which expires June 7: “Would it be smart to transfer points to British Airways Avios from American Express Membership Rewards with the current bonus if you don’t have a redemption in mind? I was going to transfer some anyway to…

Video Sunday Reader Question: Getting to Australia Using AA Miles or SPG Points

TPG reader Margo has both American Airlines miles and Starwood Preferred Guest points but is unsure how she should use them to get to Australia: “I signed up for Award Nexus to search for flights for a trip we are taking to Australia in mid September. Although we have plenty of American AAdvantage miles, we…

Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major…