Travel Deal alert: Fly to London this summer in American business class from 57,500 miles each way
9 ways to earn American Airlines miles
Citi is an MMS advertising partner. American Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that American Airlines miles are among the most useful – and easiest to earn. While the value of American Airlines miles can vary widely, we estimate you should find an average value of 1.4 […]American Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that American Airlines miles are among the most useful – and easiest to earn.
Europe is getting set to reopen in the coming months so now may be the best time to book travel.
The European Union is , including U.S. residents, to enter by summer. Additionally, support is mounting for the United Kingdom and U.S. to by this June.
As first reported by , we’re currently seeing one-way business class award space to and from London and a wide array of U.S. cities for 57,500 American . There’s availability for travel from this summer through the fall, but you’ll want to act quickly because there’s no telling how long this MilesAAver award space will be around.
The 11 best deals in miles and points
Miles and points enthusiasts are obsessed with getting the most value for their rewards. That’s a fun and important statistic to keep track of — but more important is the distant bucket list destinations you can visit with your points! And if the flight is extra-long many of us prioritize the comfort of business class […]Below are the 11 best deals in miles and points. If you’ve achieved any of the following deals, you’re choosing your travel wisely. Some of these routes are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, but they’re slowly making their way back into the daily rounds.
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AAdvantage awards in premium cabins are notoriously difficult to book at low mileage levels, so this is notable if you’re sitting on a stash of American miles.
American flies an array of widebody planes to London, including the Boeing 787-8, 787-9, 777-200 and 777-300ER. While eachmight vary, every configuration comes complete with direct aisle access, lie-flat beds and full, hot meals.
Even better, as of November 2020,on all American award tickets are waived. That’s regardless of destination or class of service. While they remain non-changeable, anyone can now redeposit them back into an AAdvantage account for free.
Delta Pay With Miles: Save hundreds on flights with no blackout dates
Some of the best travel deals don’t require learning complicated airline award charts or searching for available award seats. You can receive hundreds of dollars in paid Delta flights using a feature called “Pay With Miles” if you earn the bonuses from any of the best Delta credit cards. Oh, and by the way, those cards […]The above cards are hands-down the fastest way to earn Delta SkyMiles.
That means if your plans change — or Europe doesn’t follow through with its reopening — you can book without having to worry about losing your miles or paying a redeposit fee.
Airline: American Airlines
Routes: Various U.S. cities to London-Heathrow (LHR). Best nonstop availability is from New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD) and Philadelphia (PHL). Other cities will likely require a connection.
Cost: 57,500 AAdvantage miles (MilesAAver) plus $11.20 in taxes and fees
Dates: Summer through early fall
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.
Important note: To book, make sure you filter to American Airlines flights only, as booking with partner British Airways will incur a hefty fuel surcharge.
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Here are a few examples of itineraries you can book. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of cities. In fact, in our search, many U.S. cities (including secondary, smaller airports) required only 57,500 AAdvantage miles. However, if you want to fly nonstop to London in business, the American hubs of New York and Chicago are your best bets.
Nonstop New York (JFK) to London nonstop (up to 4 seats per flight)
Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR) in September nonstop
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) with connections
Low-level MilesAAver availability is even appearing from the U.S. West Coast, but you’ll most likely require a domestic connection before heading onwards to London.
Boosting your PROGRAM balance
There are a variety of ways to boost your AAdvantage balance, so you’re ready for the next deal. One way is to sign up for an AAdvantage credit card. Some of the better offers include:
Why I’m collecting American Airlines and Delta miles shortly after disowning them
Remember in 2019 when we found out that legacy airlines were transitioning to “dynamic award pricing?” We all considered that to be an objectively bad move. And for most, it was. Dynamic pricing can be extremely inconvenient. When an airline resorts to dynamic pricing, they’re essentially saying, “we’re going to charge what we want, whenever […]Dynamic pricing can be extremely inconvenient. When an airline resorts to dynamic pricing, they’re essentially saying, “we’re going to charge what we want, whenever we want, for whatever routes we want.” They abolish award charts and instead use dubious methods for pricing their award seats.
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Earn 2x AAdvantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1x mile elsewhere. ($450 annual fee)
- Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,500 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Earn 2x AAdvantage miles on gas station, restaurant, and eligible American Airlines purchases and 1x mile elsewhere. ($99 annual fee, waived the first year)
- CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®: Earn 65,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. ($99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months)
The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select, CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Maximize your purchase
When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases and offers travel protections in case anything goes wrong. Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
6 ways to get $1,700+ in value from the 100k Capital One Venture bonus
The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is more intriguing than ever before. Not only is it running a limited-time up to 100,000 point signup bonus (after spending $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening), the Capital One Rewards program recently added a handful of new transfer partners — some at …It’s possible to get $1,700 in value* from your Venture card’s welcome bonus — but if you play your cards right, you could get even more than that. To illustrate this, I’ll walk you through some of the best Capital One Rewards redemptions. This includes everything from high-end first-class seats to Asia to multiple domestic flights around the U.S. and lots in between.
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Cleared for Takeoff is a weekly series showing readers like you the best ways to book post-pandemic adventures using points and miles. If you’d like tips on booking your own trip using miles, please email us with your preferred itinerary and current mileage balance. Dubai is open for American tourists so long as you pack a negative …Dubai is open for American tourists so long as you pack a negative COVID-19 test. While cash rates are usually high, you can visit the glitzy desert- and skyscraper-filled city for little out of pocket using hard-earned points and miles. Reader Adney K.