Business Class Saver Awards, Instant-Clear Upgrade Space on American Airlines’ Longest Flights

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines operates 6,800 flights to 365 destinations in 61 countries. But, when it comes to ultralong haul flying, AA has a fairly small footprint. I count just three flights longer than 7,000 miles — and two of these routes involve Hong Kong. As you’ve probably seen in the news, Hong Kong has been embroiled …

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Register Now for IHG’s Fall Accelerate Promotion to Earn Bonus Points on Stays

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

IHG runs promotions every couple of months to incentivize IHG Rewards members to stay (more) at its hotels. Many of us know the promotion by the name “Accelerate,” although IHG has been waffling between that name and “Make Every Stay Count.” The current Accelerate promotion is still running through August 31. However, you can register …

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Check to See If You’re Targeted for 2x American Airlines Miles on Premium-Cabin Travel

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines has been increasingly offering targeted offers to AAdvantage members. Earlier this month, a new round of members were targeted for an elite status giveaway. Now, we are hearing from readers about a new promotion offering double AAdvantage miles on flights in premium economy, business class and first class. Targeted members need to register …

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Targeted Chase Cardholders Can Get 10% Cash Back on Alaska Flights

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

In November 2018, Chase launched Chase Offers — a program which provides cardholders with targeted offers to earn bonus points or cash back for making purchases with a particular merchant. Although there are dozens of offers at any given time, we want to highlight when there’s a particularly good travel offer you might want to …

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American Airlines Confirms Improvements to ‘Project Oasis’ Retrofits — But Only in First Class

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

In 2017, American Airlines unveiled plans to shrink pitch in economy to just 29 inches in some rows, and the backlash from customers was enough to prompt the airline to back off those plans. Now, AA is addressing complaints from first-class passengers, saying it will tweak the seating on its panned “Project Oasis” aircraft. Still, …

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Air Canada To Become Second Airline to Operate Airbus A220 to New York

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

The Airbus A220 is regarded as a customer-friendly aircraft thanks to its large windows, spacious overhead bins and only one row of middle seats. Although there’s a plant in Alabama now producing A220s for US airlines, Delta is the only US airline currently flying the aircraft while JetBlue waits for the 60 Airbus A220s it …

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How to Book Round-Trip Flights to Hawaii for Just 19,000 Points

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Although we’ve seen some incredible cash deals to Hawaii recently, nothing beats paying just $11.20 out of pocket for a round-trip to Hawaii. However, while there’s no shortage of mileage options between the US mainland and Hawaii, not many of them are cheap. But there’s an award sweet spot that just got even sweeter thanks …

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Booked an American Airlines Award Through Iberia? Look for a Refund of Overcharged Fees

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Great news continues to come out of the Iberia Plus program for those of us who book American Airlines awards through the Spanish-based mileage program. Recently, AA awards booked through Iberia got cheaper. Now, travelers overcharged on past awards are getting some fee refunds. Here’s the background: In response to my mid-July post that American …

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Deal Alert: Southwest Flights to Hawaii From $99 or 5,848 Points One-Way

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Back when Southwest got approval to fly to Hawaii, it launched incredible deals with one-way flights between the mainland and Hawaii starting at just $49 one-way. But we haven’t seen anything close to a deal on these high-demand Southwest flights since. That is, until now. Southwest just put new Hawaii routes on sale, and Dan’s Deals …

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Why American Airlines’ Aircraft Change Is Bad News for Los Angeles Flyers

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

There’s enough demand on the route between Los Angeles and London to justify a combined nine daily flights across five different airlines — American Airlines, United, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and even Air New Zealand. Given the strong premium-cabin demand, you’ll find some great business and first class options on this route. American Airlines currently …

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InterContinental Launches Status Extension for Ambassadors Experiencing a Life Event

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

From welcoming a new baby to dealing with a family emergency, sometimes life can get in the way of travel. Airlines and hotels are starting to recognize that some of their most valuable and loyal members can be sidelined from travel for a time period, but they don’t want to have to start over from …

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Deal Alert: Inaugural AA Casablanca Flights From $751 Round-Trip in Business Class

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Last week, American Airlines announced that it’s launching its first ever route to Africa. From June 4 to September 8, American Airlines will operate 3x weekly between Philadelphia (PHL) and Casablanca, Morocco (CMN) using a Boeing 757-200. On Sunday, these flights went on sale. If you want to be on the historic first flight, there’s …

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Tour the Aircraft AA is Flying to Casablanca, Tel Aviv and Other New Transatlantic Routes

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines announced five new transatlantic routes on Thursday, with the first of those starting in May 2020. If you’re one of the travelers excited about these new routes, you might be curious what the experience is like on-board. There are three different aircraft operating these routes. The interior and features are similar on two, …

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US Department of Transportation Issues New Rules for Service, Emotional Support Animals

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Transportation issued a final policy statement for service animals and emotional support animals (ESAs). In this policy statement, the DOT is explicitly explaining what types of policies it will and won’t allow. As the number of emotional support animals in aircraft seem to be an ever-growing problem, airlines such …

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Marriott Announces New All-Inclusive Ritz-Carlton, Westin, Autograph Collection Resorts

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

At the end of June, Marriott had exactly 7,100 open properties. But just one — the Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, in Costa Rica — was an all-inclusive. Now, Marriott wants to expand that number. On Monday, Marriott announced that it’s stepping into the all-inclusive space by “launching an all-inclusive platform” for some …

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Chase Is Sending Customers New Tax Forms Reporting Points as Income

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Over the past couple of weeks, Chase has sent letters to some cardholders informing them that the bank will soon be sending Form 1099-MISC for their 2018 tax return. Some cardholders are getting an amended 1099-MISC form while others are receiving a form for the first time — despite the January 31, 2019 due date …

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