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…

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…

Unbearable Traffic at LaGuardia, 10 Ways to Use 100k Ultimate Rewards Points, Free Uber for Students 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:…

Building Credit from Scratch, Southwest’s International Destinations, Around-the-World Awards 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:…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

Deal Alert: LA and San Francisco to the South Pacific from $526 Round-Trip

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, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Self Bag Tagging Coming Soon to All Star Alliance Airlines

Airports around the country are dealing with massive security lines, causing people to wait for hours and even miss flights on multiple occasions. Airlines have invested millions of dollars in hopes of speeding up the process for passengers, and while that may take some time, other process improvements may help reduce waits at another part of the airport….

Air New Zealand’s Flying a 787 Between Honolulu and Auckland

The Dreamliner is one of the comfiest ways to get from A to B. It’s always a bonus when a carrier announces that it will begin flying a Dreamliner on a route that isn’t typically serviced by a 787. And now, Air New Zealand is the latest to announce the addition of one of its Dreamliners…

Review: Air New Zealand 787-9 Business Class — Shanghai to Auckland

With more and more airlines flying to China, and award tickets to New Zealand still hard to find, TPG Special Correspondent John Walton reveals one of his favorite uses of redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles: Flying Air New Zealand from Shanghai to Auckland. (All photos are by the author). It’s common knowledge among the…

The Best Premium Seats to Australia and New Zealand

Looking to book a trip on one of the many new transpacific flights between the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand? TPG Special Correspondent John Walton says kia ora and g’day to youse all with some tried-and-tested recommendations for the best seats in first and business class on Qantas, Virgin Australia, American, United, Delta, Air Canada…