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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How to Book Lie-Flat Seats on Hawaiian Airlines for 40,000 Miles

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

More than 9 million people visit Hawaii every year, and most of them need to catch a ride on a plane to get to paradise. From the fleet of Southwest 737s flying from the West Coast to Hawaiian Airlines A330s with lie-flat seats operating on the longest route in the United States from Boston to …

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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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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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American Airlines Confirms That Dynamic Award Pricing Is Coming

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

American Airlines will move to a dynamic award chart, joining the ranks of Delta, United, Air France–KLM and a host of others. According to Gary Leff, the airline’s senior vice president of revenue management Don Casey confirmed the news today at Bernstein’s 35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference. While the announcement comes as no surprise to …

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You Can Fly Etihad First for 50,000 Miles on This Route, and Availability Is Great

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

There’s first class, and then there’s the Etihad Apartments. In this truly luxurious product, not only do first-class passengers get to lounge mid-flight in their mini “apartment” but they’ll also be treated to champagne, access to Etihad’s amazing lounge in Abu Dhabi and even a shower 30,000 feet in the sky. As noted by Thrifty …

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Top Family Travel Planning Tip: Focus on the Experience, Not the Destination

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

Some deal-seeking travel junkies play a fun game called “chase the fare.” When some crazy low airfare comes up, you don’t think, you just book — and then figure out what you will do when you get there. It’s why you’ll see bunches of travel folks on Instagram posting from far-flung places like Bahrain within …

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How to Fly in a Lie-Flat Business Class Seat Between the US and Mexico

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Throughout the month of May, we’re exploring Mexico at The Points Guy, so check back regularly for flight and hotel reviews, features and deals from our neighbor to the south. What’s better than a taking a vacation to one of Mexico’s great destinations? Flying there in a lie-flat seat. Sure, you don’t need a lie-flat …

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U.S. Airline Status & Unlimited Free Domestic Upgrades – Do They Ever Clear For Lower Tiers?

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Most of the U.S. legacy carriers still offer their elite members the (theoretical) chance of unlimited domestic upgrades but do these ever clear unless the customer is a top tier elite? With several membership stages and number of elites ever increasing due to status matches, challenges and credit card promotions it’s very much possible that […]

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TPG’s Sneak Peek of American’s New DFW Flagship First Lounge

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Flying first class is becoming a relic of bygone days as more and more airlines eliminate their highest-tier product offerings. While business class has improved, in many ways as a result of the elimination, it’s rare to find true first class these days, either domestically or abroad. American Airlines stands out as the sole domestic …

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American and Hyatt Elites Now Get Reciprocal Benefits

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

As we reported back in March, American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt are joining forces to incentivize members from both programs to do business with the other, with a structure and benefits similar to the (now defunct) Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and SPG. Members can link their accounts now to begin taking advantage …

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Enter to Win 10,000 Points With American Airlines Business Extra

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Today officially marks the start of National Small Business Week, and here at TPG, we’re kicking off our coverage by bringing your attention to a chance to win some incredibly valuable points. As you’re hopefully aware, in addition to the normal AAdvantage frequent flyer program, American Airlines offers a second program for small businesses to …

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Trying to Use Miles to Fly Business Class to Italy This Summer? American’s Got the Route for You

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ 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. Last August, American announced a slew of new and unique routes between its hubs in the US and Europe. Flights included Charlotte (CLT) to Munich (MUC) and …

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Etihad Award Flights Bookable Online With American Airlines Miles — Business Class Space for Four

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

American Airlines has been on a roll lately when it comes to adding partners that you can book with your AAdvantage miles online. At times AAddvantage was presumably “testing” things and accidentally made too many partners bookable online, but many additions have been intentional — such as with Qatar Airways, Air Tahiti Nui, SriLankan Airlines, Cape …

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TPG Readers: The Best Ways to Use American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Written by Kaeli Conforti @ The Points Guy

It’s a great time to be a fan of American Airlines or any of its partner airlines. With the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard now offering a larger-than-usual sign-up bonus of 60,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months of account opening — and the CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum …

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Why Transferable Points Are More Valuable Than Ever

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

For anyone who’s lurked around the points and miles world for at least a few years, there are a handful things that every award traveler will know. The most important of all of these is simple: Devaluations of loyalty programs are always imminent. Earlier this month, United announced it would be moving to a dynamic …

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AAdvantage, Radisson Rewards End Mileage-Earning Partnership

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

While it’s generally better to earn airline miles when flying and hotel points when staying, many airlines have partnerships with hotel loyalty programs to allow travelers to earn on each other’s program. For example, until this week, you could earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles for staying at Radisson hotels, and you were also able to …

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American Airlines Makes It Easier to Redeem Miles on Etihad Flights

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

With American Airlines appearing to inch towards a dynamic award pricing model just days after United made a similar switch, we’re reminded of a longstanding criticism of the AAdvantage program: It’s often pretty hard to redeem AA miles for flights that are actually operated by American Airlines. Some of the best values in the award …

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Understanding American Airlines’ Revenue, Award and Upgrade Fare Classes

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Before a flight, just about everyone knows the cabin they’re traveling in — whether you’re dreading a long trip in economy on one of American Airlines’ “Project Oasis” 737s or looking forward to catching some sleep in a lie-flat business class seat. What you may not realize is that even within a single cabin, you …

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