Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale: Starting at 5,000 Miles Each Way

In addition to the current 40% buy miles bonus, Alaska Airlines is offering a fall award sale with flights starting at just 5,000 miles each way. The fare sale is for flights between select cities booked by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on September 13, 2015, for travel between September 9 – December 16, 2015. Some blackout dates…

All United Australia Flights Moving to Boeing 787-9

Per Australian Traveller, United has announced that it will begin using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on all its routes from the US to Australia starting in March 2016. The airline already flies the aircraft on its route from Los Angeles to Melbourne, but uses 777-200s on its two other daily Australian flights, from San Francisco and…

To Claim or Not to Claim: Car Rental Insurance with Credit Cards

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) Thanks to miles…

Last Day to Use AA Miles for Hawaiian Air Flights from the US

As we reported previously, starting tomorrow, AAdvantage members will no longer be able to book awards between Hawaii and the continental US on Hawaiian Airlines. So today’s the day if you want to book that trip; you can book travel through next summer, but your flights must be ticketed today. That being said, this is just…

How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Take to Transfer?

Ultimate Rewards points make a great foundation for an award traveler’s portfolio. Like other transferable loyalty currencies, these points can be redeemed for highly valuable awards through airline and hotel transfer partners. I currently hold several different credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points, and I put all of my daily spending on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 2x points on travel and…

Hotel Review: Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

Last night, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig stayed at the brand-new Aloft hotel in Manhattan’s Financial District, New York City’s latest Starwood property. I live in NYC’s Financial District, so I’ve had my eye on the Aloft Downtown for a couple of years now. The hotel was first expected to open a full year ago, in…

Getting to the Bottom of Wyndham Award Availability

Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman examines the lack of award availability in the new Wyndham Rewards program, and offers a new avenue of redress for TPG readers. When Wyndham revamped its loyalty program this spring, we were excited. The massive chain opened the doors to flat-rate award nights at more than 7,500 properties in over 70 countries, along with a…