British Airways Avios Awards Increasing in Price Soon!

I’ve posted a number of times about what I have found to be one of the best deals available today: British Airways Avios Awards for short, nonstop flights within the US.  As of now, nonstop American Airlines flights that are less than 650 miles in distance are only 4,500 British Airways points (called Avios) each way.  This is their first tier of award prices, which you can see in the full chart below: This is particularly useful because short, nonstop flights are often disproportionately expensive: Unfortunately, as of February 2, 2016, that first tier will be eliminated.  When signing into my British Continue reading British Airways Avios Awards Increasing in Price Soon!

An Update on Updates

Happy Holidays to everyone – it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post an update, but in the mean time, we’ve taken a number of exciting trips.  You may have seen a few recent posts on Twitter or Facebook about the trip we just took to Hong Kong, Thailand, and India, which was a fantastic time.  We also had a great time down in South America, and I never finished our trip to Greece, so I have plenty to catch up on.  I’m planning to cover our Asia trip first, since that’s the freshest in my mind. Continue reading An Update on Updates

Reminder: Last Day for 40% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways

A few weeks ago, I posted that American Express was running a 40% bonus for transferring Amex Membership Rewards Points to British Airways.  That deal is set to end today, January 31, so if you haven’t transferred your points over to British Airways, now is the time to do it! As a reminder, British Airways points can be used for flights on American Airlines and US Airways.  The Mrs. Guru and I have redeemed British Airways points to Ireland, New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Jacksonville, and the Bahamas – all for 50-75% fewer points than it would cost when booking Continue reading Reminder: Last Day for 40% Amex Transfer Bonus to British Airways

40% Bonus on Amex Transfers to British Airways

American Express just announced a 40% bonus when transferring Amex Membership Rewards Points to British Airways Avios until January 31, 2015.  If you happen to be one of my loyal readers (read: Mrs. Guru), you may already be somewhat familiar with why this is a big deal.  I’ve posted a few times in the past few months about how useful British Airways Avios can be, but here’s the spoiler: for folks in North Carolina, you could fly anywhere within 650 miles of Charlotte (including Freeport, Bahamas) for less than 6,500 points roundtrip!  If this makes no sense to you, I’ve Continue reading 40% Bonus on Amex Transfers to British Airways

Get It Together, British Airways!!

On Thursday evening, I decided to book a trip for the Mrs. Guru’s birthday in October.  See this post for more details on this process, but using British Airways Avios points, we can fly anywhere less than 650 miles in distance for only 9,000 points roundtrip, which is a fantastic deal. We’ve used British Airways Avios for flights to Washington, DC, the Bahamas, and last weekend to go to Chicago…but when I tried to book the flights on Thursday, I got an error message stating that their reservation system was down: A bit surprising, but with an IT background, I Continue reading Get It Together, British Airways!!

Spontaneous Trip to Chicago and a Free Hotel Night in Raleigh

I know it’s been a little while since I posted last, so for all 3 of my readers (Hi Mom!  Hi Dad!  Hi Mrs. Guru!)….I apologize for my absence.  But I’m back with lots to share.  Stay tuned for a full report on our amazing trip to Turkey, Greece and Italy.  I posted some brief updates during the trip (one at the very beginning of the trip, after our first flight up to Chicago, one from Athens, and one from beautiful Santorini). Last week, I was up in New York City for a few days, staying in the New York Continue reading Spontaneous Trip to Chicago and a Free Hotel Night in Raleigh

How to Book Flights to the Bahamas at a 75% Discount

About 2 weeks ago, I posted a guide on how to use British Airways points on US Airways, and why you should care.  The post was mostly in theory, but I just put those tips to use today, and figured I’d post a follow up with another concrete example that might help clarify.  Read on to see how you can take advantage of this awesome deal for flights to the Bahamas. OneWorld Alliance Summary British Airways and American Airlines have long been partners in the OneWorld Alliance. Since they have been partners, you can use points with either airline to Continue reading How to Book Flights to the Bahamas at a 75% Discount

Use British Airways Points on US Airways…and Why You Care

As of March 31, US Airways officially changed partnerships, leaving the Star Alliance (which includes United, Lufthansa, Singapore, Thai, etc….see here for the full list) and they are now part of the Oneworld Alliance (which includes American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, etc…see here for the full list). Blah, blah, blah, why does this matter?  Hang tight, I’m getting there, so stay with me… The move of US Airways from Star Alliance to Oneworld has both positive and negative impacts.  For the everyday traveler, it won’t make too much of a difference, but for the savvy traveler (aka you!), there is Continue reading Use British Airways Points on US Airways…and Why You Care

Sale to Europe – $500 per person

Air Berlin has announced a sale for flights to Europe for as low a $999 roundtrip for 2 people.  They’re calling it a Fly2gether sale, so you have to book 2 people to get this special fare, but it’s really a good promotion.  Tickets have to be purchased by today, December 1, 2013, and travel can be between January 1 and March 31, 2014. Air Berlin does only fly to a few cities in North America, so this deal makes the most sense for folks who live in/near New York, Chicago, Miami, or Fort Myers…but it could still be a Continue reading Sale to Europe – $500 per person

Why You Should Have a British Airways Frequent Flyer Account

Yes, you read that right, you should have a frequent flyer account with British Airways.  Why?  Well, for starters, their automated phone menu has an awesomely soothing British voice.  But you could actually call them (1-800-247-9297) right this very minute even without an account just to hear the voice. But stay with me – there’s a much more compelling reason to have an account with them (and this is for flights within the US, not for flights to the UK).  As you may (or may not) know, with most airline frequent flyer programs, you will need 25,000 miles to redeem Continue reading Why You Should Have a British Airways Frequent Flyer Account