If you want to hit the road in 2018 and make it your best travel year so far, we have some great suggestions for you. These are our favorite tips on how to maximize your credit card benefits and loyalty program perks while also earning and saving miles and points.
Travel and Financial Companies Offer Support to Hurricane Harvey Victims
Hurricane Harvey has done unimaginable damage to Houston and the surrounding areas. It’s the wettest tropical storm ever recorded in the contiguous United States, dumping more than 40 inches of rain in just four days. Storm damages are estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.
Delta Elites Have a New Benefit to Enjoy and American and Flying Blue Puts Awards on Sale
It’s not always good news for Delta flyers, especially since SkyMiles is known for constant devaluations with little notice. This time, there’s something to celebrate, at least for its top-level elite members. Plus, don’t miss the award discounts being offered by American and Flying Blue.
The Ultimate Guide to Buying Miles and Points
Earning points and miles through flying on planes, staying in hotels, and credit card spend are all ways to rack up points. But in addition to those methods, most major loyalty programs allow you to buy points directly from the airline or hotel chain. Here’s our guide on the ins and outs of buying points and miles.
Maximize Your SPG Points With Transfers American and JAL
Starwood Preferred Guest is an excellent reward program because of its incredible flexibility. It has more airline transfer partners than any other program, including American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou. On top of that, some of those airlines partner only with SPG. In this post, we'll look at why you should consider transferring your valuable Starpoints to two of those exclusive airline partners: American Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL).
Barclaycard Offering AAdvantage Aviator Cards Again
The wait is over! Barclaycard has released the online application page for the Aviator Red Mastercard.
Barclaycard was the issuer of the US Airways co-branded cards before US Airways merged with American Airlines. When the merger occurred, existing cardholders were given the option to convert their cards to a variety of new Aviator cards in the lineup. Unfortunately, those cards were not available for new applicants at that time.
AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard From Barclaycard Review
Who Is the AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard Good For?The AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard is Barclays’ midrange American Airlines co-branded card. If you often fly on American, this card comes with some nice perks, including an annual $100 flight discount, free checked bags, priority boarding, in-flight discounts and access to Reduced Mileage Awards.
Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite MasterCard Review
Who Is the Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite Card Good For?The Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite MasterCard has the smallest annual fee and least benefits of all the co-branded American Airlines cards offered by Citi. However, if you’re primarily interested in getting the sign-up bonus, or if you’re just looking for a solid introductory card that earns American miles, it might be for you.
Best U.S. Programs for Premium Class Travel to the South Pacific
The South Pacific encompasses much more than Australia and New Zealand. It includes exotic islands like Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu and Palau. You can take your pick of these bucket list destination at any time by booking an award ticket on the airlines you have miles with including American, United and Alaska. Unlike Europe or South America though, what is classified as the South Pacific can vary by airline. Here are some tips to avoid confusion.
How to Upgrade Your Flight with American AAdvantage Miles
Many travelers who earn frequent flyer miles aren’t always interested in booking an award ticket. Instead, they want to use their miles to upgrade a ticket they’ve already bought with cash. Upgrades and award travel have a lot in common, but the rules are unique for every loyalty program. This post discusses how to upgrade a ticket purchased with American Airlines.
Best U.S. Programs for Business and First Class Travel to Asia
Flying in a premium class seat to Asia might be one of the best ways to redeem your miles. Being able to enjoy a comfortable seat that turns into a bed can make a world of difference. Of course, airlines know that people are willing to pay more to avoid being miserable on such a long flight and price their premium class flights accordingly. Still, good values are to be had if you know where to look for them.
Best U.S. Programs for Business and First Class Travel to Africa
Choosing the best airline program to fly in business or first to Africa isn’t easy. Awards are expensive, there are not as many options as there are to Europe or Asia, and some business class cabins are simply better than others. Having said that, no matter how much you’ve dreamed of visiting Africa, your plans probably don’t include arriving exhausted after a very long journey in a cramped economy seat. Let’s see how much style and comfort our miles can afford to travel to the cradle of humankind.
CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Review
Who Is the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Good For?You may have overlooked the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard in favor of the personal AAdvantage Platinum Select. While similar, there are some notable differences between these cards. If you’re a small business owner or independent contractor, you should consider getting this card instead.
FF News: Bye Citi Prestige Lounges, Hello PreCheck and AA Changes
Admirals Club access for Citi PrestigeIf you hold the Citi Prestige card, you’re about to lose an important benefit. Starting July 23, 2017, American Airlines Admirals Club access will no longer be a feature of the card. Of course, there is still Priority Pass membership as a benefit, which provides access to hundreds of lounges, but there are not as many in the U.S. For the $450 annual fee, this is a big loss for domestic travelers that fly American frequently.
How to Transfer Miles and Points to Family and Friends
Have you ever wanted to transfer points or miles to another person? Maybe a family or friend needs a few extra miles to get an award ticket. Or perhaps you want to send points to a relative so they can buy a ticket to visit you. What are the restrictions on transferring points to other people, and how strictly are they enforced?
American AAdvantage Changes Coming Down the Pike
American Airlines recently announced more changes to the way flyers will earn miles and elite status, and it's getting more complicated than ever to figure out what a trip will yield when it comes to mileage rewards.
6 Great Ways to Redeem Your American AAdvantage Miles after the Devaluation
American Airlines recently introduced significant changes to their award charts that drastically raise prices in many cases, as well as creating two separate charts for travel on American Airlines vs. partner airlines. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t still find some good opportunities to use those miles for incredible vacations.
American Airlines Devaluation: Book AA Seats at Former Levels via Etihad Airways
Etihad is an American Airlines partner that still features old AAdvantage award levels. At some point in the future, they will update their chart, but for now you can book American Airlines awards the old way.
Unfortunately, there is no way to book partners on the Etihad website. You have to search for an award on AA.com and then call Etihad to book it.
American Airlines Devaluation: Book AA Seats at Former Levels via Alaska Airlines
If you feel nostalgic about the old American Airlines' award chart, you're not alone. AAdvantage used to be the most valuable frequent flyer program bar none, but since March 22nd it's more on par with other legacy programs like United and Delta that have undergone severe business and first class award devaluations.
How to Earn 200,000 AA AAdvantage Miles So You Can Fly in Premium Class
Despite the recent devaluation, AAdvantage still remains one of the most valuable frequent flyer programs in North America. There are many reasons for that, one of which is the sheer number of American partner airlines you can fly on using AAdvantage miles. Between the oneworld alliance and additional airline partnerships, American has 22 strategic partners that can take you to every corner of the world.