Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses to Get Before They’re Gone

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus   With some credit card sign-up bonuses exceeding previous offers, others appearing to be in peril due to tenuous brand relationships, and still others facing devaluations within their points programs, it’s a great time to take advantage of several credit card offers that are…

My AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card Welcome Packet Arrives

Last October, Barclaycard revealed its plans to convert existing US Airways Premier World MasterCard accounts to the new AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard or the AAdvantage Aviator Red card following the imminent merger of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs. Last month, Barclaycard began sending upgrade invitations to existing cardholders. While the actual card won’t arrive until later this year, last week…

US Airways Companion Certificates: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced, and so much more, all made possible by points and…

Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…

Starwood Sale, Wyndham Double Points, Avianca Bonus Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 50% Off Starwood Australia Pacific Stays Starwood is offering up to 50% off stays in Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa until July 31, 2015. You must book your stay between February 16, 2015—March 1, 2015. Blackout dates may…

US Airways MasterCard Referral Bonus Miles Have Posted

Back in December, the US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclaycard offered targeted cardholders referral bonuses of between 5,000-10,000 miles for each person they referred to sign up for the card who applied successfully. The promotion period ended January 18, and it looks like the miles have just started posting to cardholders’ accounts. So if…

American and US Airways Open Standard and AAnytime Awards

We’ve known for a while now that American Airlines and US Airways plan to merge their AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs in the second quarter of 2015. You could already book saver awards on both airlines using miles from either program (like with most partner airlines). However, it now looks like you can book higher-level American AAnytime awards…

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…