How I Scored 50,000 AAdvantage Miles with Fidelity, Again

For years, Fidelity Investments has run lucrative promotions offering sign-up bonuses of up to 50,000 miles when you open and fund a new brokerage account. You can earn miles with American, Delta, or United, and the funding requirements are the same for each: Deposit $25,000 or more, earn 15,000 miles Deposit $50,000 or more, earn 25,000 miles…

United, Southwest, Hilton and Hyatt Bonus Points/Miles Promos

Though the bonus on purchased Alaska Airlines MileagePlan miles came to an end last week, there are several ongoing airline and hotel promotions offering bonuses on purchased points and miles. If you want some opportunities to pad your loyalty account balances, here are the details on each. Though mileage/points purchases made through Points.com do not…

How American and United are Cracking Down on Mistake Fares

In February, United Airlines offered amazing deals after an apparent computer error caused some first class fares to show up at rock bottom prices, including flights between London Heathrow and the US as low as $50. The deal was shut down after only a few hours, but many readers were able to act quickly and snag these premium…

Can I Use Miles to Upgrade an Award Ticket on United?

TPG reader Dave tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”Is it possible to use miles on United to upgrade to first class for a ticket that was booked using miles?” I often get asked this question in one form or another. With pretty much all airlines, if you redeem miles for an award ticket in economy, you…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul has been topping jetsetters’ hot lists for a few years now. With historic palaces and mosques, a beautiful waterfront, trendy neighborhoods and an up-and-coming restaurant scene, Turkey’s biggest city is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. So if you haven’t had a chance to visit Istanbul yet, now is the time…and it’s easier…

United Airlines Discounted Economy Awards to Hawaii

Last week, United began offering discounted economy awards to South America. This week, the airline rolled out yet another MileagePlus award sale; this time to Hawaii. United normally charges 22,500 miles each way for economy flights between the mainland US and Hawaii, but with this promo, you can save 20% and book round-trip economy awards for 36,000 miles….

Aer Lingus Business Class Awards to Europe This Summer

With the summer travel season fast approaching, many folks are starting to think about their travel plans, especially to Europe. Unfortunately, many airlines black out awards to Europe during the summer months, especially July and August and especially premium cabins. Per One Mile at a Time, one airline appears to be bucking the trend for…

Is Saver Level Award Availability Improving or Disappearing?

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks again at several routes where low-level awards are scarce, to see if conditions have improved. Two months ago,…

Which Airline Has the Best Lie-Flat Transcontinental Seats?

TPG reader Nicholas tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy—”Which airline has the best lie-flat transcontinental product?” The top contenders are for best lie-flat on transcontinental flights are American, United, Delta, and JetBlue. I’ve flown all four, and I think my favorite may surprise you. Here are the dimensions of the lie-flat seats you’ll find on transcontinental flights with each of…