11 hours with no power: Review of South African Airways’ A330 between Washington and Accra

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Last October, I traveled with other TPG staffers to Monrovia, Liberia, to take part in a PeaceJam conference.  PeaceJam, a non-profit organization TPG supports, helps inspire youth through the teachings and guidance of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. To get there, we divvied up airlines, and I pulled a round-trip between Washington and Accra, Ghana, on …

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You can now book Iberia premium economy awards using AA miles: Here’s how

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

For the past few months, American Airlines has steadily been adding the option to book premium economy awards on its partner airlines, starting with British Airways in October 2019 and Air Tahiti Nui in December 2019. Today, AA added the option to use your American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book premium economy awards on Spanish …

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BREAKING: Great news: American Airlines eliminates close-in booking fee for all AAdvantage members

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

For at least the last decade, American Airlines has charged a $75 fee for booking award tickets or requesting mileage upgrades within 21 days of departure. This fee was only charged to non-elite members, as the fee was waived for AAdvantage Gold, Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum. Effective immediately, American Airlines has eliminated this …

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CSR cardholders: You can now activate your free Lyft Pink membership. Here’s how.

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Starting Jan. 12, Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can activate one free year of Lyft Pink membership. Along with $60 per year in DoorDash credits, this is one of the major benefits recently added to the card as part of increasing the annual fee to $550 per year. Should I activate Lyft Pink now? Before we …

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A beginner’s guide to American Airlines economy seats

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Main Cabin Extra, Preferred, elite-only seats … oh my! When you go to select an economy seat on American Airlines, it might seem that every seat has some sort of designation. And if you’re selecting a seat close to the departure date, you might be left with having to pay to select a decent seat …

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Financially-feasible Fiji: How to plan a trip to Fiji without breaking the bank

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

I’ve always considered Fiji to be one of those exotic, once-in-a-lifetime destinations — a place you visit on a honeymoon, or maybe for a special anniversary. And I assumed the cost to visit Fiji, for both flights as well as accommodations, would be commensurately high. That’s why I didn’t have Fiji on my radar as …

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How Marriott Titanium and Ambassador Elites can claim United status in under five minutes

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

If you refer to Marriott’s elite levels and benefits page, there’s a benefit that comes with Marriott Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite status that’s easy to miss: United Silver elite status. This perk is granted through Marriott’s “RewardsPlus” partnership with United. This reciprocal-benefit program grants those with United Premier Gold status (or higher) complimentary Marriott …

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Exchange your unwanted gift cards for United miles

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Did you receive gift cards for the holidays that you aren’t too excited about? Well, we have some good news: you can turn those unwanted gift cards into United Mileage Plus miles through United’s Gift Card Exchange. Here’s how it works: Merchants On the Gift Card Exchange landing page, United notes that there are “over …

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IHG finally letting members ditch the PIN, create a more-secure passwords

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

For years, one of my big frustrations with IHG Rewards has been the lack of security for its online account login. Rather than having members use a secure password, logging into your IHG account only required a four-digit numerical PIN. While IHG has some protections in place to prevent brute force hacks — in which …

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Deal alert: Fly to Hawaii in first class for just 28,000 miles each way — including lie-flat options

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Earlier this month, American Airlines introduced new “web special” pricing for premium economy, business class and first class awards. And this week, we saw the negative side of these dynamically-pricing awards — with some international business-class awards skyrocketing to 480,000 miles each way. But today, we are seeing the positive side of dynamic award pricing, …

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American Airlines adds premium economy awards to Tahiti

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines has offered premium economy awards on its own flights since January 2019, but it wasn’t until the end of October 2019 before AAdvantage added partner premium economy awards, starting with British Airways. At the time, a spokesperson said that the airline was “actively working to provide even more opportunities to book award travel …

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American’s new award pricing system is now live; we found a 480k one-way ticket

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Earlier today, we posted an update about American Airlines’ expansion of its “web special” pricing to premium cabins on international routes. In searches this morning, we found some web special awards between the U.S. and Europe that were priced higher than the published award chart. However, we were generally encouraged that award pricing didn’t exceed …

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New American Airlines premium-cabin ‘Web Special’ award prices climb off the charts

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

After expanding Economy Web Specials to all routes, American Airlines launched Web Special pricing on business and first class awards earlier this month. Since then, we’ve seen some excellent deals such as first class awards to Hong Kong for 61,000 miles and business class awards to Europe for 84,000 miles round-trip. However, there’s a downside …

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Two more airlines just joined TSA PreCheck. Here’s all 73 participating carriers

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

TSA PreCheck can be incredibly valuable for frequent travelers. Expedited screening allows enrolled passengers to keep their shoes on and laptops in their bags at more than 200 airports around the U.S. The time savings and reduced hassle are worth the application fee to many travelers, especially those traveling with families. If you have one of …

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Korean SKYPASS announces major changes to program, award rates increasing as much as 110%

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Early Friday morning — fittingly on a Friday the 13th — Korean Air’s SKYPASS announced major changes to its program. Thankfully, there aren’t any immediate changes, and we are getting plenty of notice before the first changes kick in starting November 2020. The changes fall into four major categories: Adding a “Cash and Miles” redemption …

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AAdvantage members reporting account shutdowns for violating program rules

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Several readers have shared with TPG that American Airlines has shut down their AAdvantage account for allegedly violating program rules. This wave of shutdowns over the past couple of weeks is yet another example of a change that we are seeing in the points and miles ecosystem. Similar to how credit card issuers have implemented …

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