New Cathay Pacific Redemption Partner, Bonus Avios and Club Carlson Points

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Best Western 1,000 Bonus Points for Summer Stays Best Western Rewards members can earn 1,000 bonus points with every Best Western stay when travel is booked on the Best Western website. The promotion is valid for stays until September 7, 2015. Make…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul has been topping jetsetters’ hot lists for a few years now. With historic palaces and mosques, a beautiful waterfront, trendy neighborhoods and an up-and-coming restaurant scene, Turkey’s biggest city is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. So if you haven’t had a chance to visit Istanbul yet, now is the time…and it’s easier…

Deal Alert: Los Angeles-Copenhagen Still Available From $600+ R/T

A few weeks ago, we highlighted some great fares from Los Angeles to Copenhagen on American Airlines which at the time were starting at under $700 roundtrip. Not only are those sale fares still available, other airlines have also jumped in and are offering comparable fares on the route. The best way to search for…

Flying Direct to Greek Islands

Sailing from one island to another in Greece sounds like an idyllic way to spend a vacation, but when you’re pressed for time, nothing beats flying. TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel gives us an overview of Greece’s main island groups and those islands within each that have airports. Opa! Despite how small some of the Greek islands seem, many of them…

1,000 Free Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska & AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Travel Between the United States and Germany You can earn double AAdvantage miles for eligible Business class and select Economy class fares between the US and Germany. The airlines participating in this promotion are…

Guide to Bidding on Flight Upgrades for Premium Seats

I’m 6’7″, so I have long been a fan of flying business and first class, especially on longer international flights. Even if you don’t have the cash or miles on hand to pay for premium classes outright, you do have other options to get a seat near the front of the boat. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains…

How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

Best Ways To Redeem British Airways Avios

Since American Express is offering a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways through January 31, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best ways to redeem them. British Airways Avios sometimes get a bad rap thanks to high fuel surcharges flying to/from London on BA itself. However, Avios are…

5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US…

Airplane Food Delivery Service Launches…For Some Reason

You’ve probably never considered eating airplane food while not on an airplane, but a new subscription food delivery service called Air Food One is hoping to change your mind. A partnership between Lufthansa’s catering arm, LGS Sky Chefs, and grocery service AllYouNeed.com, the German company is currently delivering in-flight-style meals once a week to subscribers in Dusseldorf and Cologne on an eight-week trial basis. Should this trial prove successful, the…