Review: Swiss A330 Business Class, Zurich-New York

At the tail end of a round-the-world trip, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert flew from Zurich to New York in Swiss’ A330 business class. With decent availability, particularly for flights operating outside of North America, this Star Alliance airline is a great option for award redemptions. (All photos by Zach Honig.) I tend to fly foreign carriers whenever possible. I’ve had…

Deal Alert: United to Costa Rica from $321

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

The Mint Effect — Why Transcon Business Fares Are Dropping

One of the reasons I love award travel is that it allows people to experience high-end service they might never be able to afford otherwise. However, some previously astronomical business-class fares are becoming much more reasonably priced. Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman explains why. In 2013, JetBlue hit the major domestic airlines right between the eyes by announcing the launch of…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five…

Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…

Where Should I Transfer Points If I’m Closing My Amex Account?

TPG reader Candace tweeted me to ask about an American Express account she’s closing: @thepointsguy — “I’m closing my Amex card with 80,000 Membership Rewards points, but they don’t partner with my preferred airline. What should I do with my rewards?” To pre-emptively transfer your valuable points to a partner airline is risky. What happens if your…