US-Based Airlines Boast Record Profits

Gone are the days of airlines filing for bankruptcy left and right, as well as reporting stagnating profits, empty planes and millions in losses. US-based air carriers announced record profits last week, as quarter two and the first half of the fiscal year came to a close. Several of them set all-time records, amidst dipping fuel…

Insider Series: How Do Flight Attendants Get Their Routes?

Our TPG Insider Flight Attendant Carrie A. Trey delves back into life at 35,000 feet, this time explaining how exactly flight attendants’ hectic schedules work, and what goes into putting them together. “Is this your route?” If I had a nickel for every time I was asked that question, I would definitely be doing something…

Philadelphia Will Be the First US City to Get the Airbus A350

Philadelphia will become the first US city to land passenger flights on the new A350 when Qatar swaps in Airbus’ latest aircraft on its flights between Doha (DOH) and Philadelphia (PHL) on January 1, 2016. According to Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker, Philadelphia was selected because it’s the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the US, home to seven…

What Airline Fare Classes Tell You About Your Ticket

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr delves into the clandestine world of airline fare classes to help you understand exactly what you’re getting with your next ticket. I expect few things are more complicated than the revenue management department of…

3 Reasons I’ll Miss AA’s Old Flagship First

For my return flight to the States from São Paulo, I flew GRU-LAX on American Airlines’ 777-200, and it was bittersweet—as it was probably the last time I’ll ever fly AA’s old Flagship First Class. Booking American has good upgrade and award availability at the SAAver level. I purchased this ticket for 62,500 miles and $54.74, but the cost would…

Malaysia Airlines Restructuring Fleet: Selling A380s

After suffering not one but two of the worst air disasters in history in 2014—one of which still remains a total mystery—Malaysia Airlines has found itself in deep financial straits, and is selling off a major part of its fleet as part of a restructuring campaign. Though the airline itself has not commented, multiple sources…

Are Alaska’s American and Delta Perks Too Good to Last?

Alaska isn’t one of the largest domestic carriers, but it does have one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines how its relationships with American and Delta impact the value of all three airlines for award travelers. The travel industry has seen many strange bedfellows over the…

Insider Series: How Are Flight Attendants Trained?

Flight attendant. Cabin Crew. Stewardess. When you hear these words, the image that pops into your mind is probably a nice woman or man serving you a Coke…or maybe an octogenarian barking at you to buckle your seat belt. But do you picture someone putting out a fire, delivering a baby or neutralizing a security threat? TPG Flight Attendant Insider…