British Airways Avios and What to Do After the Devaluation

In the points and miles game, devaluations are inevitable, and handling them properly is an important part of maximizing your travel rewards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the upcoming British Airways devaluation, and offers some strategies for Oneworld redemptions moving forward. British Airways disappointed its customers last week when it announced…

Buying American and US Airways Miles Promotions- Worth It?

The next buy miles promotion from American Airlines and US Airways has arrived. The last one (back in January) offered a bonus on purchased miles of up to 50%, and the one before that (in November) offered up to a 56.25% bonus. This one is slightly different. Both airlines are offering this promotion separately, so you can take advantage of…

Can I Use the US Airways Companion Pass After the Merger?

TPG reader Bjorn tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What will happen to the US Airways Companion tickets after the merger? My wife and I still have one each.” In just a couple months, US Airways and American Airlines will finally merge their frequent flyer programs. This step has a lot of implications for both programs, as well…

US Airways Awards Temporarily Not Bookable on British Airways Website

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now bookable using British Airways Avios, and how you could take advantage of their distance based awards when flying US Airways. Over the past several days there has been a known issue with booking US Airways on British Airways site, since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American…

Winter Storm Juno: Travel Advisories by Airline

With massive Winter Storm Juno bearing down on the East Coast, I wanted to provide you with a handy consolidated resource of the current travel advisories and flight change/refund policies of the major airlines so that you don’t get stranded this week. If you have upcoming travel anywhere in the affected zone (from Downeast Maine to the Jersey shore,…

50,000 US Airways Dividend Miles & 10 Great Ways to Use Them

Learning how to earn points and miles is only one side of the award travel equation. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers ten ideas for putting US Airways miles to use. Airline miles are worthless…until you redeem them for something of value. So since Barclaycard is now offering 50,000 miles as a sign-up…

Amazing Transatlantic Business Class Award Availability on AA/US

Per View from the Wing, US Airways transitioned their fare classes over the weekend to align with American’s, but in doing so, there appeared to be some gaps that caused for a bunch of low-level Business Class award availability to be open. Currently the US Airways World Premier MasterCard is offering an increased 50,000 sign-up bonus, meaning signing…

US Airways Barclaycard 50,000 Bonus, Loses Foreign Transaction Fees, Adds Global Entry

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year—usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles—but is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 US Airways miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee.  However, once US Airways and American Airlines merge, Barclaycard won’t be able to accept new applications…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio and strategize for the travel rewards you hope to earn in 2015. Credit cards are the single most lucrative way to rack up points and miles to travel the world. Personally, my own cards have allowed me to circle the globe in first class…

Top Credit Cards, Free Breakfast at Marriott, Hertz Bonus

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Check out the Top Credit Card Offers for 2015 Here’s my list of the top credit card offers for the month of January, 2015. For more information and details on each card, visit this post. 1. Platinum Card from American Express …