221 Articles by Eric Rosen

FAA Approves Gogo’s Next-Generation 2Ku In-Flight Wi-Fi

Gogo announced this week that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA — the final requirement needed to launch its next-generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. That means this faster in-flight Wi-Fi, which Gogo originally announced last April and has already installed on a 737-500 test plane, is now cleared for in-flight testing and is expected to…

Etihad First Class Comparison: Old Versus New

As with most airlines, your experience with Etihad will vary significantly from one aircraft to the next. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen digs into the similarities and differences between the airline’s “old” first class and The Apartment, which is found on Etihad’s brand-new A380. Etihad sent shockwaves through the travel industry last year when it unveiled…

JetBlue Offers 90-Day Mosaic Status Challenge with Bonus

Airline status challenges can offer great shortcuts to earning elite benefits with a new airline, giving you the opportunity to enjoy premium service without the standard flight or revenue requirements. JetBlue is now offering TrueBlue members (even brand new ones) a a status challenge to earn its Mosaic elite status more quickly. You can register for the Mosaic Challenge…

IHG Rewards Accelerate Promo Offers Bonus Points and Free Nights

On the heels of both Hilton and Marriott announcing their fall 2015 promos last week, IHG has just released details of its own fall points promotion. IHG’s is called Accelerate, and is in effect for stays from September 15-December 31, 2015. As with many IHG Rewards promos, each member gets a targeted offer based on his…

Amex Now Offers Free FICO Scores to Consumer Cardholders

Once the dominant player in the rewards credit card marketplace, American Express has in recent years faced increasing competition in this space from relative newcomers, including Chase and Barclaycard. In an effort to stay on top, though, Amex has lately been revamping the benefits of several of its credit cards, including the Starwood Preferred Guest Card and the…

Last-Minute Award Travel Ideas for Labor Day 2015

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers ideas for some great award trips you can book for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s hard to believe that summer is already almost over, but Labor Day is just two weeks away! However, there’s still time to enjoy one last summer trip. While last-minute travel tends to be expensive (especially over a…

JetBlue Offering 50% Bonus for Buying TrueBlue Points

Now through September 17, 2015, JetBlue is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased TrueBlue points. Unlike the last JetBlue points bonus from April, this one is not tiered. Points purchases from 1,000-2,500 points will not earn a bonus, while purchases of 3,000-30,000 points will earn a flat 50% bonus. TrueBlue points normally cost between 2.75-3.5…

easyJet Passenger Tasered on Plane Over Baggage Fee Incident

Well, here’s a situation we didn’t cover in our recent Survival Guide to Low-Cost Carriers: According to this BBC report, a man on an easyJet flight from London-Gatwick (LGW) to Belfast (BFS) yesterday was tasered after an argument over luggage. And to think, TPG thought Ryanair was the worst airline in the world! According to…

This Airport is the First in the World to be Entirely Solar-Powered

India’s Cochin International Airport in the southern state of Kerala recently announced that it has become the first airport in the world to operate completely on solar power. On August 18, the airport inaugurated a 12-megawatt solar power plant comprised of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the airport’s cargo complex. The array should…