How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 American Miles

Even after the recent devaluation, American’s AAdvantage program offers plenty of value, and several awards are actually more affordable than previously. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to easily earn 100,000 AAdvantage miles and then put them to use with some great redemptions. You don’t need a huge account balance…

Top Card Offers, Virgin America Acquisition, Alaska Airlines Perks & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

AA Reduced Mileage Awards for April-July 2016

American Airlines and Citi currently offer reduced mileage awards — the latest iteration of which allow you to book discounted travel now through July 2016. Note that the airports for April-May previously covered aren’t necessarily still available. Discounted award flights to/from the airports on this list had to be booked by March 31; the list changed on April 1. And yes, the discount applies to flights both to and…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2016

It’s time for my monthly roundup of the best travel credit card offers currently available, and April is turning out to be an exciting month! American Express announced a limited-time historically high sign-up bonus on its Hilton Surpass card, while Barclaycard launched its new JetBlue cards and the Starwood-Marriott merger appears to back on again….

American Updates Reduced Mileage Awards for Flights 500 Miles or Less

As part of its massive March 22 devaluation, American Airlines introduced a new permanent redemption level for flights 500 miles or less, letting AAdvantage members redeem 7,500 miles (rather than the usual 12,500) each way for short-haul options. The problem there is that AA offers monthly Reduced Mileage Awards (RMAs), in which co-branded credit cardholders…

What’s the Difference Between Award Miles and Elite Miles?

TPG reader Matt emailed me for help making sense of his frequent flyer account: “In 2015, I earned over 27,000 Elite Qualifying Miles on American Airlines, but I don’t understand what that means in terms of redeeming for flights. What’s the difference between award miles and EQMs?” Loyalty programs use a lot of special lingo that takes some getting…

The Ins and Outs of American Airlines 500-Mile Upgrades

If you’re an American Airlines Gold or Platinum member, you can get a free upgrade to first class on domestic and select international flights by using “500-mile upgrades.” TPG Contributor JT Genter walks you through earning, purchasing and — most importantly — using these upgrades. Whether you realized it or not, one part of your AAdvantage…

Do EQMs Earned from Spending Count for a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the American Airlines status challenge: “If I spend $20,000 on the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card, do the elite miles I get count toward an American Airlines status challenge?” Status challenges can be a great shortcut to earning elite benefits with both airlines and hotels, especially if you already have…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa, Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Another month means it’s time to reevaluate the current credit-card offers and bonuses out there to help you stay on top of your points…

The Top Cards for Global Entry and TSA PreCheck in 2016

Waiting in long lines for security and immigration can take the joy out of travel, which is where TSA Precheck and Global Entry come in. These two programs grant you access to fast-track screening when you fly and when you return from abroad, respectively, and luckily their application fees are covered by several top credit…