Preventing The Next MH370: Where Are We Now?

 Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the unexpected challenge of locating a commercial airliner, and the technologies that could aid search efforts the next time a plane goes missing. One of the most frustrating aspects of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the complete lack of answers as to where it crashed and…

Debris from Missing AirAsia Plane Found Near Borneo

On their third day of searching, Indonesian rescue teams today discovered debris, belongings and a few bodies from AirAsia’s missing flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 passengers that lost radar contact with air traffic controllers during a storm over the Java Sea this past Sunday. So far, three bodies have been recovered from amidst debris found in shallow waters…

AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501 Presumed Missing in the Java Sea

In the year’s second mysterious plane disappearance, AirAsia’s flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 people, seemed to vanish on Sunday, December 28 while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia (SUB) to Singapore (SIN). So far, a two-day search in the Java Sea surrounding the islands of Belitung, Sumatra and Borneo, conducted by thirty ships and 15 aircraft from four countries, has yielded no confirmed…

AirAsia Drama Lands Unruly Chinese Passengers in Hot Water

Korean Air’s “nutroversy” can take a back seat this week, as it’s AirAsia’s turn to make infamous headlines. In an incident that CNN termed “hot watergate,” the combative behavior of a few Chinese passengers aboard a China-bound AirAsia flight forced the captain to return the plane to Bangkok, infuriating not only the 174 passengers and six crew members on…

Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners…

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…

Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using…