The Cheapest Award Flights for Intracontinental Travel

When headed on an international award trip, most of us book the over-water segments segments first. This often leaves booking intra-destination flights at the bottom of our to-do list, and can result in making poor choices in using miles for flights within a foreign continent. With the ongoing trend of airlines eliminating stopovers and open jaws from award tickets,…

Booking United Awards Using Partner Programs

United Airlines has partner agreements with 39 separate airlines, not all of which are members of the Star Alliance. Most of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many allow you to redeem miles for flights on United airlines — sometimes at a lower cost than United’s award rates. Today, I’ll show you which partner carriers…

Using Airline Geography to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

When it comes to airline award charts, not all regions are defined the same. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, airlines have different ways of categorizing a variety of destinations, and knowing the sweet spots can help you score some particularly good redemption values. Is Israel part of Europe, Asia, Africa…

Starting 2016 Off Strong With Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest is one of my absolute favorite rewards programs. Starpoints are widely regarded as the most valuable loyalty currency, and that is reflected in my monthly valuations. It’s added several new chains to its portfolio, which now includes 11 brands, the newest of which being Design Hotels, as well as new airline transfer partners — unlike some…

Starwood Adds Aegean Miles+Bonus As a Transfer Partner

Since it was announced that Marriott is buying Starwood, there’s been little information about the future of SPG – TPG’s favorite hotel loyalty program. Although we haven’t heard anything about the future of the program itself, Starwood is continuing to make program enhancements, announcing a new transfer partner last week. Last week, Starwood and Greek…

Should I Keep My Monthly Gogo Wi-Fi Plan or Pay Per Use?

TPG reader Robert tweeted me to ask about strategies for buying in-flight Wi-Fi: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Delta Platinum member and love in-flight Wi-Fi; however it seems like Gogo is constantly raising the price of its monthly plans, and now mine is $49 a month (only for Delta). Do you think it’s now better to pay per use…

Flying Direct to Greek Islands

Sailing from one island to another in Greece sounds like an idyllic way to spend a vacation, but when you’re pressed for time, nothing beats flying. TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel gives us an overview of Greece’s main island groups and those islands within each that have airports. Opa! Despite how small some of the Greek islands seem, many of them…

Aegean Airlines Clamping Down on Star Alliance Status

Airline elite status can be a life saver- whether its upgrades or better customer service, it definitely enhances the flying experience. Many airlines also offer perks to elite members when flying on alliance partners- like free checked bags and airline lounge access. Up until now, one of the best ways to earn Star Alliance Gold status was through Greek…