The Best Fifth-Freedom Routes from North America to Book with Points

Fifth-freedom routes often make great redemption options — since these flights are usually operated by premium aircraft and foreign carriers, they offer a chance to experience an airline you might not otherwise be able to. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a fifth-freedom route, note that it’s a flight operated by a foreign carrier between two foreign countries as…

Award Travel Options to Israel Across All 3 Major Airline Alliances

Israel, home to three major world religions, is a destination on many travelers’ bucket lists — and for good reason. The country has lots to offer, from miles of sandy beaches and a nightlife scene in Tel Aviv that rivals New York City’s to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the best hummus…

75,000 Bonus Hyatt Points, Discounted SPG Awards, New Airline Routes and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Booking Delta Awards Using Partner Programs

If you’re looking to book an award flight on Delta, it could be worth going through a partner program that offers cheaper redemption rates than you’ll find with SkyMiles. Delta Airlines partners with 26 separate airlines, most of which are also members of the SkyTeam alliance. Many of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many…

Amazing Deal Alert: US to Amsterdam, Budapest and More from $399 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency,…

Deal Alert: West Coast to South Africa from $764 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency,…

Top Sign-Up Offers for August, Big Changes To United MileagePlus, How to Avoid Bad Business Class Seats and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Review: Air France (A380) La Première from New York to Paris

TO THE POINT: La Première is one of the most exclusive first-class products out there because it’s nearly impossible to redeem points for an award flight. The experience is decent on the ground in NYC, but pales in comparison to other products in the air. The pros: friendly staff, a private room for La Première passengers…

Air France Flight Attendants on Strike Through August 2

There’s another strike in France affecting air traffic starting today, but this time it’s not the air traffic controllers. Around 35% of Air France’s cabin crew will be on strike from today through August 2. The good news is that most of Air France’s flights will still be operating during this strike. Air France has announced that it will still be operating…

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…