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 Many airline websites are either woefully or willfully outdated when it comes to searching not only their own award availability, but also that of their partners.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…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Menus by Celebrity Chefs

This week’s Travel Tuesday Top 10 list comes from TPG contributor Sarah Tomlinson, a travel writer who just happens to be a foodie and whose recent travels have included a trip to Bordeaux and the Armagnac region in France. Today she shares some of the exciting things happening in airplane galleys across the globe as…

Qantas to Team Up With Emirates, Drop British Airways

Qantas announced some interesting news yesterday: the Australian airline will be terminating its joint business with British Airways starting March 31, 2013, and beginning a new global partnership with Emirates. The Qantas-British Airways partnership has been in place since 1995, and the two airlines will continue to operate some bilaterally codeshared flights – and Qantas…

Qantas Awards Now Bookable on AA.com

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 AA.com. 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….