Emirates Opens $6.2 Million Lounge at LAX

Last week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Emirates opened a brand new lounge for first and business class passengers of Emirates’ once-daily A380 flight to Dubai (DXB), as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne was there for the big reveal, and here’s her take on the airline’s 37th worldwide airport lounge and…

Delta Increases Partner Award Bookings Through Site

Despite some huge changes to its mileage program including increasing award redemptions and switching both its Medallion elite program and mileage-earning to a revenue-based system, and overhauling its partner earning rates, Delta has made one major positive change: its online award search engine is much more versatile these days. Not only can you use advanced…

Is Virgin America Going To Expand to Hawaii?

Per WallStreet.org, it appears that Virgin America may be considering launching service to Hawaii in the near future. Currently, Virgin America has west coast hubs in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, so most likely the service to Hawaii would launch from those cities. However, when it comes to Hawaii, the competition is fierce. Currently from Los Angeles, Allegiant Air, American…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? March 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?” That question 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—both…

Redeeming Amex Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

I value Amex Membership Rewards at 2.0 cents apiece. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. TPG’s latest monthly valuations listed American Express Membership Rewards just behind Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Diners Club Rewards as the most valuable…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, in celebration of merger of the US Airways and American Airlines frequent flier programs this weekend,we are giving away a $500 American Airlines Gift Card that can be used anywhere American flies. If addition, if  you’re looking for ways to increase your AAdvantage mileage balances, you can earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $3,000 in purchases within the…

Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in…

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Deliberately Caused Tragedy

In a horrible turn of already tragic events, it appears that Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 over a remote, snow-bound stretch of the French Alps may have been intentionally caused by its 28-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. All 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Airbus A320 were killed. After recovering one of the black box voice recorders from…