How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

The World’s Safest Major and Low-Cost Airlines for 2015

As frequent travelers yourselves, I hope you’ll be relieved to know that aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the 10 safest major airlines in the world, and for the first time, have also determined the 10 safest low-cost airlines in the world. For the second year in a row, Australian carrier Qantas has nabbed number one…

5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US…

Free Wi-Fi in Business and First Class – the Weekly Wish

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. There’s no doubt that we live in a connected world. With smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all the other ways we communicate, access, and share information, it’s oftentimes hard to…

Barclaycard Arrival Plus Adds World Elite Mastercard Benefits

With the recent upgrades to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, cardholders will receive a bevy of new benefits. We researched the ones specific to the World Elite MasterCard (versus the previous World MasterCard) and found a few gems. Read on and see which of the added benefits can add a dash of luxury or convenience to your next trip! Free…

Aer Lingus Launches San Francisco – Dublin (SFO-DUB) Route – And Ideas For How To Book It

As yesterday marked the start of Aer Lingus’s non-stop flight from San Francisco to Dublin, the airline’s social media team was in a full-on frenzy promoting the new route (#DUBSFO). The airline is flying its new SFO-DUB route aboard its flagship A330-200’s, all featuring WiFi connectivity throughout the flight, as well as power outlets at every…

Why Do I Love Dublin So Much?

I’m a world traveler who’s seen some beautiful places – like the Maldives and other amazing spots in Asia, Europe and South America. But I keep coming back to Dublin. In fact, I’ve been to Dublin four times just in the last year or so! So, family members and friends often ask me: “Why do…

In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell…

American Express Transfer Bonuses To British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – Maximizing Partner Redemptions

With the launch on Monday of transfer bonuses from American Express to both British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%), I wanted to talk about options other than the ones I discussed yesterday for redeeming on the airlines themselves to ways in which you can get value by redeeming their miles on partners. This is…

Top 10 Airline Products I Can’t Wait To Fly

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all the exciting new transcontinental developments and the launch of new products such as JetBlue’s Mint service, I thought it was the perfect time to look at some of the most comfortable and flashy flight options…