Deal Alert: Chicago to Beijing from $493 Round-Trip on American

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Spirit Ranks as the Worst Airline for Customer Satisfaction

It should come as a surprise to almost no one that super-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines does not perform well in the realm of customer service. In fact, the carrier ran a promotion a couple years ago that allowed customers to sound off and voice their dissatisfaction in exchange for 8,000 frequent flyer miles — and travelers…

Booking Cathay Pacific First-Class Awards with Alaska Mileage Plan

Due to the recent American Airlines award chart changes, first-class flights to Asia on Oneworld partner Cathay Pacific are no longer a good deal. However, as TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is still an excellent option when it comes to redeeming for this premium-cabin award. Nothing’s ever certain…

When Should I Start an Airline Status Match or Challenge?

TPG reader Russ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about matching elite status: “When is the best time to status match to another program? I have AAdvantage Executive Platinum status through February of 2017, and I’m wondering when I should match to Alaska Mileage Plan.” Status matches and challenges are a great shortcut to earning…

Top Card Offers, Virgin America Acquisition, Alaska Airlines Perks & 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:…

JetBlue is Giving Away 500 Free Flights to New Flyers in NY and CA

JetBlue’s fighting back after losing the recent Virgin America acquisition to Alaska Airlines. The New York-based carrier just launched a new “Calling All JetBlue Virgins” campaign, presumably as an attempt to attract Virgin America fans who haven’t yet flown with JetBlue. The airline will be giving away 500 round-trip flights to “JetBlue virgins” in New York and California, in other words,…

6 Alaska Awards That Still Make Sense to Book

Long some of the most appealing uses of Alaska miles, Emirates awards are now much more expensive. To help you prioritize Mileage Plan redemptions in light of this change, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert runs through other partner itineraries that continue to offer a great value. There’s no shortage of news on the…

Alaska Airlines Allows One-Time Change on Emirates Awards

Last week, Alaska Airlines suddenly raised award redemption prices for Emirates flights booked through its Mileage Plan program. The airline offered no notice but did provide a Q&A with additional information behind the change — including the chance to get a refund on purchased miles. Here’s a look at the changes to first-class awards, effective March 30, 2016:…

Richard Branson Isn’t Happy About Virgin America Merging with Alaska

In a blog post titled “On Virgin America,” Richard Branson shares his opinion about today’s merger news. Basically, he isn’t thrilled: I would be lying if I didn’t admit sadness that our wonderful airline is merging with another. Because I’m not American, the US Department of Transportation stipulated I take some of my shares in Virgin…

Everything We Know About Alaska’s Plan to Take Over Virgin America

Early this morning, Alaska Airlines confirmed its plans to acquire Virgin America in a deal worth some $4 billion. What in the world makes Virgin America worth such a high amount? Alaska does its best to explain… Who, What, When, Where Assuming regulator approval, Virgin America will be property of Alaska Airlines by this time…