My 5 Travel Essentials: Travel Channel Host Anthony Melchiorri

Anthony Melchiorri knows hotels. The one-time night manager of New York’s Plaza Hotel runs his own hospitality consultant service, has four hotel projects in the pipeline and is in the midst of filming the eighth season of his Travel Channel show, Hotel Impossible. Two spin-offs are also in the works: Hotel Showdown, where four hotel managers or owners…

The 15 Million Mile Man, All About Chase Private Client, Habits of Travel Pros 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:…

Watch This Landing and Takeoff In Honor of Cathay Pacific’s 747 Retirement

Cathay Pacific is the latest airline to retire its fleet of Boeing 747s. The Queen of the Skies will be flying its last flights for the Hong Kong-based carrier next week between HKG and Japan. On September 30, flight CX542 will fly from Hong Kong (HKG) to Tokyo (HND) and then the final flight, CX543,…

The Virgin America and Alaska Airlines Merger Could Close Soon

Update 9/26/16: Following a discussion with the Justice Department, Alaska has confirmed that it won’t merge with Virgin America prior to October 17, 2016. On the heels of the huge Marriott-Starwood news from earlier, it seems that the theme for today is mergers. In April, Alaska Airlines made news when it announced its deal to acquire Virgin…

Hawaiian Airlines Sets Its Eyes on Flights to Europe, A380

Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley spoke this week about the carrier’s plans for initiating flights to Europe. There’s just one problem: The airline doesn’t have any aircraft that can reach the continent. And, based on the current Airbus delivery schedule, it’s going to be a while before it does. Dunkerley is hoping that the Airbus A330-800neos on…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass for Just 90,000 Starpoints

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. Very early this morning, Marriott closed its acquisition of Starwood — the combined chains now have a total of 5,700 hotels in 110+ countries around the world. Perhaps even more exciting than the number of…

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card Review

Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan program has seen some devaluations — including the recent, especially painful price hike for Emirates redemptions — but its award chart still has some sweet spots, including Cathay Pacific first class to Asia and flights from the US to Hawaii. Even if Alaska’s own route network doesn’t align with your travel…

Get a Sneak Peek at Delta’s New SkyClub in Atlanta

To celebrate the opening of a brand-new SkyClub at its Atlanta hub tomorrow, Delta recently held a special, invite-only preview that TPG reader Chris Hunt was able to attend (thanks for sending us your pictures, Chris!). Several VIPs were also in attendance, including CEO Edward H. Bastian and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. About 750 people…

Earn up to 60,000 Bonus Asia Miles When You Fly Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has shared the details of a new promotion in honor of its 70th anniversary. You can earn up to 60,000 Asia Miles when you complete a round-trip flight between the airline’s US gateways in Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK & EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) and Hong Kong…

Austrian Carrier Launches the World’s Shortest International Flight

People’s Viennaline is making history by launching the world’s shortest international flight. The flight, from St. Gallen, Switzerland (ACH) to Friedrichshafen, Germany (FDH), covers a distance of 13 miles and lasts just eight minutes in the air (though it’s blocked for 20). The flight is operated on an Embraer 135 with 50 economy seats and…