American Airlines Flight Cancellations Triple, Judge Orders Mechanics to Stop “Interference”

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines just scored a big victory in its ongoing labor dispute with its mechanics. At 5 p.m. CT on Friday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against AA mechanics and its unions to refrain from “any form of interference with American’s airline operations.” In the scathing order, the judge notes that the restraining …

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Score Discounted Awards by Combining Qantas Flash Sale With Amex Transfer Bonus

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Qantas Frequent Flyer has been in the points and miles news a lot recently. On May 31, Qantas became the 19th airline partner of American Express Membership Rewards. A few days later, the partnership kicked off in style with a 20% transfer bonus now through June 30. And now, there’s yet another bit of good …

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Here’s How to Use Your American Airlines Miles to Book First-Class Awards on China Southern

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

For the past few years, American Airlines and China Southern have been deepening their relationship, starting in March 2017 with a $200 million investment from AA to acquire a minority stake in the Guangzhou-based carrier. Then, in November 2018, the two airlines announced an expanded partnership including mileage redemptions on each other’s flights. Without notice, …

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American Tackles Gate Overcrowding in Philadelphia With a Unique Solution

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines has been on a growth spurt from its transatlantic hub in Philadelphia (PHL). Just this week, AA launched three new European routes — Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV); Bologna, Italy (BLQ) and Berlin, Germany (TXL). With those new flights on the schedule, American says it’s now offering more than 420 daily flights to about 120 destinations. …

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American Airlines Shares Surge 12% After Airline Executives Make Big Bets on the Airline’s Stock

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Despite being the world’s largest airline by passengers carried, American Airlines as a company isn’t the most valuable airline. Actually, it doesn’t even crack the top three in the US. The market capitalization of Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL), Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) and United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL) all are higher than American Airlines …

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AA Launches 25 New Routes, Expanding Its Network to 365 Destinations

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, is adding 25 new routes to its network, 15 international and 10 domestic. Two of the new routes are destinations not currently served by any airline directly from the US: Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) and Bologna, Italy (BLQ). Both of those new routes — plus Berlin (TXL) — will be …

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Qantas Proposes Two New US-Australia Routes — Here’s What Needs to Happen First

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

On Monday morning, the US Department of Transportation announced a tentative approval of a joint venture partnership between American Airlines and Qantas. Now, Qantas and American Airlines have issued a joint press release on the matter. In celebration of the news, Qantas announced two new (hopeful) routes to the US. In order to entice US regulators …

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American Airlines’ Joint Venture With Qantas Has Been Tentatively Approved

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

After years of trying to tie the knot, American Airlines and Qantas’ proposed joint venture received tentative approval Monday morning. The US Department of Transportation released a Order to Show Cause — which is a first step toward approval. This filing starts the clock for other airlines and the general public to file comments about …

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Deal Alert: Delta One Business Class Flights to Lima From $943 Round-Trip

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows …

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Unlock Incredible Value With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

One of the most frustrating situations is realizing that a loyalty program you previously overlooked actually offers significant value. For years, I didn’t look at Virgin Atlantic Flying Club since I knew it imposed ridiculous carrier-imposed surcharges on its own award tickets. That changed in 2017 when American Express launched a transfer bonus to Flying …

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American Express Membership Rewards Adds Qantas As Its 19th Airline Transfer Partner

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Express Membership Rewards points are already one of the most valuable transferable currencies in TPG valuations due to the wide range of valuable transfer partners. And now, MR points just got a little more valuable with the addition of a new 1:1 airline transfer partner: Qantas. As discovered Friday morning by Dan’s Deals, the Oneworld …

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The Insider Trick to Getting More American Airlines Saver Award Availability

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Searching for American Airlines award availability can be irritating — especially now that AA is releasing award space based on married segments rather than individual flights. But, one would imagine that any award space that’s showing in one browser would appear if you performed the same search in another browser. However, our friends over at Million …

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Marriott Just Randomly Emailed Gift Cards to Elites. Here’s How to Check If You Got One Too.

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Things haven’t gone smoothly for Marriott travelers since Marriott merged with Starwood Preferred Guest and relaunched its loyalty program as Marriott Bonvoy. As a Platinum Elite with 35 elite nights so far in 2019, I’ve had plenty of frustrations with Marriott — from two-night stays at a 35,000-point property pricing at 140,000 points to conducting …

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Last Chance to Book International Flights on 59 Routes From the US for Just 6,000 Points

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

On May 30, British Airways will be “changing our Avios prices on reward flights” on partner airlines — meaning now is your last chance to book British Airways partner awards at current rates. While the new award chart isn’t confirmed, we at TPG have been able to piece together the puzzle of the new chart …

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