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25% transfer bonus: hotels to American Airlines

American Airlines is offering a transfer bonus on miles converted from select hotel programs through May 31 2018. The terms exclude air and hotel packages, though it may still be a good deal on transfers from Starwood Preferred Guest if you’re in the market for American Airlines miles. The Deal Get a 25% bonus on select hotel points converted to American Airlines miles through May 31, 2018 The following partners qualify: Best Western Rewards IHG Rewards Marriott Rewards Radisson…

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Best options for domestic first class awards

A newer version of this post is now available here: Best options for domestic first class awards The original post follows… Domestic first class is nicer than coach, but, in most cases, it’s hardly something to write home about.  Usually you’ll simply get a bigger seat and a few snacks and drinks, or a meal if you’re lucky.  If you’re really lucky, you might find yourself on an internationally configured aircraft flying a domestic route. …

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When is your free checked bag free?

Free Checked Bags

In response to yesterday’s post about Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance, one reader noted that they had to pay for flights with their airline credit card rather than their Sapphire Reserve card to get a free checked bag.  Is that true?  The answer depends on the airline. I created a new resource post, “Free Checked Bags via Credit Card Complete Guide,” where I listed the policies of the major US airlines with regards to free checked…

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AA and United offer up to 1,000 bonus miles each via Valentine’s Day portal promotions

Both the AA and United online shopping portals are offering up to 1,000 bonus miles, as follows: Tier 1 bonus: 500 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $125; Tier 2 bonus: 1,000 miles for qualifying purchases of at least $250 or more. If you spend exactly $125, or $250 with either portal, the bonuses amount to 4 extra miles per dollar.  Keep in mind that these bonuses are in addition to bonuses offered by…

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Destination Cape Town, Multi-Stop Routes (outbound booked!)

Destination Cape Town

In several prior posts, I mentioned my desire to book business class award flights to Cape Town, South Africa, for my family of three.  I started by looking at award prices through a variety of tools and then I looked to see if there were any 1-stop options for our flights.  You can catch up on this series here: The best award price finder. Case study part 1. The best award price finder. Case study…

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AA international upgrade space wide open!

Yesterday we reported that American Airlines has wide open Business and First Class award availability on many routes.  Now, MileCards reports that upgrade availability is even better.  Milecards showed that it’s sometimes possible to snag upgrades for flights to Australia, for example, even when no business class award space exists. I checked a few routes myself, using ExpertFlyer (affiliate link), and found that upgrade space availability is almost unbelievable.  Here are a few examples (note:…

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My final AA mileage run involved actual running. Here’s the story.

American Airlines mileage run

In the recent post, “How I screwed up my end of year AA mileage run,” I told the story of what I thought would be my last mileage run.  I had calculated my last flight’s EQPs (Elite Qualifying Points) incorrectly and was then about 2600 EQPs short of my goal.  With very few days left in the year to make up the shortfall, I cancelled an award flight to Florida and replaced it with a…

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To Heathrow and back — AA vs. BA business class. Which was better?

AA vs. BA business class

The weekend before last, I flew to London Heathrow airport on Saturday and returned home on Sunday… on purpose.  My goal wasn’t to visit London (which is a great city to visit, by the way), but rather to earn the remaining EQPs (Elite Qualifying Points) I needed to secure American Airlines Executive Platinum status for another year.  I had to earn a total of 100,000 EQPs by the end of this year, and I thought…

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