4k Free Copa Miles, AirAsia Hilton Bonus, Rocketmiles Bonus

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Alitalia Launches Redesign Alitalia is rolling out some new branding, including a new logo, Wi-Fi on long-haul flights and entirely renovated planes. The updated aircraft include a redesigned business class featuring lie-flat seats with exclusive leather covers designed by Poltrona Frau, as well as Frette…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…

AirAsia Asean Pass – Travel Southeast Asia at a Discount

Air Travel Passes can be a great way to maximize your travel to a specific region. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at a new product from AirAsia. Last week I wrote about Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia, and one of my suggestions was to check out Air Asia’s new Asean Pass and redeem miles from…

Top Credit Cards, Bonus AA & US Airways Miles, Orbitz Credit

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015 Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are…

Preventing The Next MH370: Where Are We Now?

 Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the unexpected challenge of locating a commercial airliner, and the technologies that could aid search efforts the next time a plane goes missing. One of the most frustrating aspects of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the complete lack of answers as to where it crashed and…

Debris from Missing AirAsia Plane Found Near Borneo

On their third day of searching, Indonesian rescue teams today discovered debris, belongings and a few bodies from AirAsia’s missing flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 passengers that lost radar contact with air traffic controllers during a storm over the Java Sea this past Sunday. So far, three bodies have been recovered from amidst debris found in shallow waters…

AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501 Presumed Missing in the Java Sea

In the year’s second mysterious plane disappearance, AirAsia’s flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 people, seemed to vanish on Sunday, December 28 while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia (SUB) to Singapore (SIN). So far, a two-day search in the Java Sea surrounding the islands of Belitung, Sumatra and Borneo, conducted by thirty ships and 15 aircraft from four countries, has yielded no confirmed…

AirAsia Drama Lands Unruly Chinese Passengers in Hot Water

Korean Air’s “nutroversy” can take a back seat this week, as it’s AirAsia’s turn to make infamous headlines. In an incident that CNN termed “hot watergate,” the combative behavior of a few Chinese passengers aboard a China-bound AirAsia flight forced the captain to return the plane to Bangkok, infuriating not only the 174 passengers and six crew members on…

Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners…

In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell…