Alaska Airlines is Launching New Flights from the West Coast to NYC

Alaska Airlines has long been a great domestic option for Seattle-based travelers and those on the West Coast looking to get to Hawaii, and despite some recent devaluations its award chart still offers some great value. That said, the carrier has never been an obvious choice for flights to New York — but it looks…

Update on Crediting American Airlines Flights to Alaska in 2016

After American Airlines announced changes to the AAdvantage program last year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covered the basics of crediting American Airlines flights to Alaska Airlines instead. But with Alaska instituting new mileage-earning rates for American flights in August, it’s time for an update. Here are the factors you need to consider. It was…

American’s Elite Qualifying Dollar Rates for Partner Airlines

Starting in 2017, American Airlines will require potential elite members to meet spending thresholds before earning elite status. For example, in addition to flying 100,000 elite-qualifying miles, travelers will have to earn 12,000 elite-qualifying dollars to reach Executive Platinum status. For those new to airline spending thresholds, you might assume that everything that you pay American Airlines would count…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Seattle-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Seattle….

Top Credit Card Offers, July Valuations, Business Class Awards on Singapore’s New Nonstop 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:…

Alaska Changes Mileage Plan Earning on American-Operated Flights

Update: The original Alaska Airlines announcement featured a chart that excluded mileage earning for ‘P’ and ‘W’ fare classes. However, the carrier has updated its chart with the addition of the two fare classes, and this post has been updated to include the new chart. Last year, American Airlines detailed the future of its AAdvantage program. For a while, flyers…

Alaska Airlines Might Keep Virgin America Brand After Merger

Love the Virgin America brand? We have some good news for you: Alaska Airlines might retain the Virgin America name after the merger. Love the Alaska Airlines brand? Don’t worry, it would be kept as well. During a speech to The Wings Club yesterday, Alaska Airlines’ CEO Brad Tilden discussed the possibility of keeping both brands post-merger. In the months…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

FlyHomes Will Give You Frequent Flyer Miles When You Buy a House

FlyHomes brings a fairly unique approach to real estate transactions — the company will give you frequent flyer miles when you purchase a home, at no extra cost. Recently launched in the greater Seattle area, FlyHomes provides home buyers with up to one frequent flyer mile for every dollar spent on the final purchase price of a…

10 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling — especially with the TSA having the number of issues that we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Passengers have reported outlandish security checkpoint wait times, airlines (specifically American and United) have had to call in millions of dollars’ worth of reinforcements to help…