286 Articles by Eric Rosen

12 New and Future Ritz-Carlton Properties You Need To Stay At

Chase recently changed the benefits of its Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card to include a new sign-up bonus of three complimentary nights at a Tier 1-4 property when you spend $5,000 in the first three months of account opening, Priority Pass Select membership, a $100 Global Entry application credit and Visa Infinite benefits, among other perks. That…

Maximizing American Airlines’ Award Routing Rules

In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how you earn miles to a revenue-based system, introducing a new elite level as well as spending requirements for all status tiers, changing some award regions and routing possibilities and generally devaluing much of the airline’s award chart. That’s not…

Bidding Successfully on an Upgrade to the Etihad First Apartment

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently submitted a successful bid to upgrade from business class to the First Apartment on Etihad’s A380. Here was his strategy. When I was in Asia recently and looking for a way to get back to the US, I jumped on the opportunity to purchase a round-trip business-class fare on…

Review: Etihad (A380) The Apartment from New York to Abu Dhabi

TO THE POINT: Etihad’s Apartment is one of the most luxurious first-class experiences you’ll find in the sky. The pros: complimentary chauffeur service to and from the airport and incredibly attentive staff. The cons: faulty lights at my seat that wouldn’t dim and a shower suite that was out of order. After successfully bidding on an upgrade from…

Review: Etihad’s First and Business Class Lounge at JFK

TO THE POINT: Like its counterpart at LAX, Etihad’s stylish lounge at JFK is the perfect place to unwind before a flight. The pros: a gorgeous aesthetic that matches the plane you’ll be flying, lots of seating areas, excellent service and a private space for Residence passengers. The cons: there’s no Six Senses Spa or men’s…

Booking A Hyatt Points + Cash Award When There’s No Availability

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in a difficult situation when a Hyatt Points + Cash award he meant to book mysteriously disappeared… after he’d transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book it. But as he discovered, Hyatt agents can sometimes open up award availability. As always, it never hurts to ask! I’m traveling to…

Update on Crediting American Airlines Flights to Alaska in 2016

After American Airlines announced changes to the AAdvantage program last year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covered the basics of crediting American Airlines flights to Alaska Airlines instead. But with Alaska instituting new mileage-earning rates for American flights in August, it’s time for an update. Here are the factors you need to consider. It was…

Take a Look Inside Virgin Australia’s New 777 Business Class

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen swung by LAX yesterday for an exclusive tour of Virgin Australia’s new business-class cabin aboard the 777-300ER. There, Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti and Tangerine design-firm Chief Creative Officer Matt Round gave a group of media an inside look at the plane and its new classes of service. After…

Maximizing United’s Award Routing Rules

Like the two other major US legacy airlines, Delta and American, United has drastically changed its MileagePlus frequent flyer program in recent years. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the current state of MileagePlus and how you can maximize the program’s routing rules to get the most from your miles. Following…

Crediting United Flights to Singapore KrisFlyer

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the partnership between United and Singapore Airlines, and why you might want to credit the mileage from your United flights to the airline’s Asian partner. Given the slew of negative changes to United’s MileagePlus program in recent years — including massive award chart devaluations, the changeover…