Insider Series: Are Air Traffic Controllers Asleep on the Job?

TPG Contributor “Vic Vector” is an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In this installment of our Insider Series, he explains how controllers’ schedules work — and why you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the media. Recently cited in an Associated Press article, a 2011 study commissioned by the FAA found that 1…

10 Professional Flight Simulators that You Can Fly

Here at TPG, we talk a lot about how to sit at the “front” of the plane (that is, the business- and first-class cabins). However, for those of you who have ever wanted to try sitting at the real front of the plane, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has some suggestions. There are a couple…

Airfares Dropped Nearly 6% In July

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) publication from August 19, 2015, average airfares dropped 5.6% in July, the steepest one-month drop in nearly 20 years. The report takes into account “regularly scheduled domestic and international commercial airline trips on certified carriers departing from each of the 87 cities in the…

How CLEAR Expedited Security Is Moving Beyond Airports

Anything that makes air travel easier can be a godsend to frequent flyers. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how one ID verification program is speeding up security lines at airports and beyond. Earlier this year, I looked at the latest iteration of the CLEAR airport security program, and found it to be a useful tool for expediting…

The Pros and Cons of Fully Refundable Airfare

Have you ever hesitated on an amazing airfare deal because you weren’t sure about the dates? Today, TPG Contributor William Morse looks at refundable airfare, and explains when it might make sense to pay a premium for flexibility. According to the US Department of Transportation and data collected by The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, domestic airlines collected a whopping $2.98 billion dollars…

The Mint Effect — Why Transcon Business Fares Are Dropping

One of the reasons I love award travel is that it allows people to experience high-end service they might never be able to afford otherwise. However, some previously astronomical business-class fares are becoming much more reasonably priced. Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman explains why. In 2013, JetBlue hit the major domestic airlines right between the eyes by announcing the launch of…

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…