British Airways Announces Service Between London and Tehran

Last month, international sanctions were lifted on Iran, effectively opening its borders to new waves of tourism. As a result, British Airways is relaunching its route between London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Iran’s capital city, Tehran (IKA), beginning this July with six flights per week. British Airways will operate the route on its four-class Boeing 777…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for February 2016

We’re well into 2016, so now is the time to get your credit-card strategy for the year into place. With British Airways raising low-level redemptions in the US this month, an impending devaluation of American Airlines’ award chart, and more news sure to come down the pike about the takeover of Starwood by Marriott, it’s…

11 Tips for Flight Sales, Mistake Fares and Maximizing Free Hotel Nights

TPG Contributor Mitch Berman offers 11 tips that allowed his family to work around 2015’s school-break times to put together mistake fares, deep discounts and credit card sign-ups into six international trips to eleven countries (and five more transcontinental trips). Visit Mitch and his son Kofi’s photo blog here. 2015 was a great travel year for my family and me,…

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Credit Card for Large Purchases

If you’re planning to purchase an expensive item in 2016 or beyond, make sure you choose a good credit card to pay for it. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, the best options include purchase protection, extended warranties and more — and they earn you valuable points or miles for your…

Last Chance to Book Short-Haul Flights for 4,500 Avios

As announced back in October, British Airways will soon remove the 4,500-Avios option for one-way nonstop flights less than 650 miles on partner flights “originating or terminating” in the US. However, there’s still time to take advantage of this sweet spot on the British Airways award chart before it goes away; you can make bookings using the current award chart through February 2. Wondering which…

The Top Airline Co-Branded Cards to Have in 2016

If you’re planning on booking award flights this year, credit cards that earn you airline miles — in addition to awarding valuable sign-up bonuses — can be a huge help. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at some of the best options to consider adding to your wallet. Friends…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

A new year presents new opportunities to maximize your travel strategy. That’s why, around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which…

8 Credit Card Perks to Work Toward in 2016

Ready for a fresh start? Now that it’s 2016, it’s time to start working on your points and miles strategy. Of course, credit cards can play a huge role in helping you redeem some great travel awards. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help you see which cards can get…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…