280 Articles by Eric Rosen

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…

Crediting Delta Flights to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the partnership between Delta and Air France/KLM Flying Blue, and why you might want to credit the mileage from your Delta flights to the airline’s major European SkyTeam partner. Given the massive changes to Delta’s SkyMiles program in recent years — including a changeover to…

Crediting American Airlines Flights to British Airways

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the partnership between American Airlines and British Airways, and why you might want to credit the mileage from your AA flights to its partner across the pond. In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how…

Maximizing Delta’s Award Routing Rules

Back in January, Delta quietly raised award redemption rates for partner flights starting October 1. On the positive side, the airline introduced discounted awards of just 5,000 miles each way on certain routes last year, and axed its phone booking fees. With those changes and more to contend with, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes…

Review: Hotel Americano, New York City

On a recent trip to New York City, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen had a chance to stay at one of Starwood’s latest member properties, Hotel Americano. Here’s his review. (All photos are by the author). Back in November, Starwood Preferred Guest added Design Hotels as the eleventh brand in its collection. While Design Hotels encompasses nearly 300…

Review: SriLankan A330-200 Economy — Colombo to Malé

SriLankan Airlines is a popular choice for travelers to the Maldives given the fact that it operates several flights a day on the 90-minute route from Colombo to Malé. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently tested out the carrier’s economy product. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). After a…

Review: Hainan Airlines A330-300 Business Class — Changsha to Beijing

Following his flight on Hainan Airlines’ new route from Los Angeles to Changsha aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen caught a connecting flight on Hainan’s A330-300 in business class on the short hop from Changsha to Beijing. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author.) A $1,358…