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…

As Profits Soar, Delta Plans International Flight Cuts

As the dollar continues to soar against foreign currencies and the price of oil continues to slump, Delta Air Lines has announced it is significantly scaling back its international network during the fourth quarter of 2015. Certain regions will be impacted more than others, with some areas being cut by as much as 20% and other…

Most Airlines Have No Idea Where Your Bags Are

Lost or misplaced baggage is an unfortunate rite of passage for every airline passenger. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains why airlines can and should do better, and how you can keep your own luggage from disappearing. Order a package, and the shipping company will tell you where it was last scanned along every…

Avoiding Award Travel Change and Cancellation Fees

Travelers generally pick one airline over another based on cost and the in-flight experience, but in this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at why you should also consider the costs of not flying at all. Right now my family and I are supposed to be in Key West — one of my top 7 Spring Break Destinations for…

Is Saver Level Award Availability Improving or Disappearing?

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks again at several routes where low-level awards are scarce, to see if conditions have improved. Two months ago,…

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Redeeming Frequent Flyer Miles

One of the keys to a good award travel strategy is avoiding errors that can cost you time, money, and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes.” This pervades many aspects of life, but it’s especially applicable to using your airline miles. Even the most seasoned award…

CLEAR Expedited Airport Security Program — Is it Worthwhile?

Without getting on a soapbox, I think it’s fair to say that the TSA won’t be winning any popularity contests in the near future. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your suffering, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains. 15 years ago, going through airport security was a simple process. You simply got into THE line, put…