How Safe Is Air Travel? The Statistical Truth

Despite the occasional heavy turbulence, I’ve always felt safe while flying, though I know plenty of people feel less at ease in the air. While you can’t always reason with your anxieties, there’s a case to be made for why flying is one of the safest things you can do. Today, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains….

What’s It Like to Fly by Private Aircraft?

If you’ve been spending time lately flying without enough legroom or waiting in epic TSA lines, you may be wondering if there are other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent (and pilot) Jason Steele discusses the world of private aviation. Perhaps you’ve noticed a few small, private jets at your local airport, across the ramp from…

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…

Flying on the Airbus A350: Which Airlines and Miles to Use

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at which major airlines have ordered the new Airbus A350, and how you can use miles to test it out. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways became the launch customer of the newest Airbus jet, the A350XWB (XWB stands for extra wide-body). Meant to compete with Boeing’s next-generation 787 Dreamliner, the A350…

Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…

Aircraft Changes and How to Check for In-Flight Amenities

 Air travel is a complex business, and while many airlines try to keep passengers informed of service and schedule changes, being proactive can mean the difference between getting what you paid for and getting stuck with less. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers some tips for figuring out what you can expect each time you fly. When you’re…

12 Confusing Travel Industry Expressions and What They Mean

Learning the lingo is part of any hobby, and travel is no exception. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains a variety of travel related words and phrases that you’re likely to encounter, but may not fully understand. If you travel, then you’ve probably been confronted with the confusing terminology thrown around by ticketing agents,…

What To Do If Your Flight Is Oversold

The airline industry has an inherent degree of unpredictability. While airlines do a mostly good job scheduling flights and filling them with passengers, things inevitably go wrong. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at one of the more common problems in commercial aviation, and explains what to do when you have a ticket, but have no…

Singapore Airlines Price Glitch Causes Half-Price Business Fares

It’s safe to say Singapore Airlines has had better weeks. The Southeast Asian carrier is presently working to recoup its losses after a computer error in the global distribution system used by travel agencies caused about 900 business-class tickets from Australia to London to be sold at coach prices. Sold between Saturday, November 29 and Monday, December 1 by various online travel agencies in Australia, these…