American Airlines and AAdvantage

As a member of the oneworld alliance, you can use your British Airways Avios points for American Airlines flights. Domestic flights in the US are particularly good value because there are no taxes added.

Our main article explaining how to use your Avios points for domestic US flights with American is here. You will also find articles on how to earn and spend American's own miles among the articles below.

Get 15,000 American Airlines miles with the NEW MBNA Visa (no Amex!) card

And so it finally happened ….  We have known for some time, although it has never been widely publicised outside of HFP, that American Express had cancelled all of its licensing deals with other credit card issuers. The first to be hit was TSB.  Barclays […]

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles

Being able to upgrade British Airways tickets using Avios is a well known feature of the programme as I wrote in this article.  There is also a full page on ba.com explaining how it works. Whilst upgrades from World Traveller / Economy are restricted (the cheapest […]

Bits: Avios / Caffe Nero deal tweak, Flying Blue / PointsHound bonus, AA hotel bonus

News in brief: Tweak to the Avios / Caffe Nero in-store cashback deal As we wrote back in December, you can now earn Avios when you buy coffee or a snack at Caffe Nero. This is an in-store cashback deal organised by avios.com and requires […]

Bits: HEx and Airbnb cashback deals, buy Etihad miles, AA Heathrow slots

News in brief: £10 back on £50 Heathrow Express spend and 2% back on Airbnb A new cashback deal has appeared on many American Express accounts offering £10 back on £50 Heathrow Express spend. It isn’t clear if this is cumulative.  These deals often pay […]

Bits: US flights from Manchester for £1000, 100% bonus when you buy Hilton points

News in brief: Business class US flights from Manchester for £1,000 For reasons no-one quite understands, American Airlines is offering business class flights from Manchester to two US cities: San Antonio Little Rock (and possible other parts of Arkansas) ….. for almost exactly £1,000. You […]

Earn Avios or Virgin miles at Duty Free with Instamiles!

A few weeks ago a reader (thank you) sent me an email to ask “Do you know that Instamiles has added Avios and Virgin Flying Club as partners?“. I didn’t, because I had never heard of Instamiles.  Even odder, a search of the entire Flyertalk […]

The top 14 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

This article was updated in June 2017 so ignore the original publication date above. Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of […]

Bits: BA Manchester changes?, Bonus Avios from Avis, 20% off Friends & Family Railcards

News in brief: Big British Airways changes at Manchester? Following on from the launch of BA’s weekend European flights from Manchester, I have heard from a couple of sources that other major changes are now in hand. First, there are strong rumours that British Airways […]

Bits: (Huge?) Qatar Airways sale starts Monday, register for triple Avios now, Hilton / American Airlines promo

News in brief: Qatar Travel Festival starts on Monday (EDIT, 9th January – the sale is now live. Click here for my Qatar Travel Festival main article and pricing.) Last January Qatar Airways ran an astonishing sale. This is my article on it from January 2016.  As […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, Amex Travel cashback deal, a warning from Hilton?!

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon. Interesting options closing in the next 48 hours include four nights at the Sofitel in Essaouira, Morrocco and two nights at the Four Seasons Nile […]

Lloyds buys MBNA and its airline credit cards ….. good news or bad?

Lloyds Bank announced yesterday that it was the winner of the auction to acquire the UK operations of credit card group MBNA from Bank of America.  It paid £1.9bn as well as taking over MBNA’s existing debt book. MBNA is the leading UK player in […]

First Class domestic redemptions on American now (permanently) half price

Last month I wrote about changes to the way that American Airlines codes its flights which impact how you spend Avios and how you earn British Airways tier points. Two class American Airlines domestic flights in the USA are sold as ‘First’ and ‘Economy’.  More importantly, […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (1): American Airlines AAdvantage Visa

This is my review of the American Airlines AAdvantage credit card issued in the UK by MBNA. This article was updated on 21st June 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty […]

How to earn miles when using your mobile abroad, with ‘Travelling Connect’

Travelling Connect is a nifty mileage earning opportunity for – primarily – the travelling business person who uses their phone heavily outside the UK. It is, if nothing else, genius in its simplicity. All you need to do is register your mobile number and then […]

American Airlines First Class Avios redemptions to get cheaper but tier points cut

For people who look to earn British Airways status via a tier point run – booking a specific flight primarily because of the number of tier points earned – it seems like the biggest gravy train is pulling out of the station. Two class American […]