Can Alaska Compete with Delta for the Seattle Market?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Dale sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “When can we expect Alaska to make a bold move to slow down Delta’s efforts here in Seattle market ? So far, they have not lit the fire!”  I love to watch airlines duke it out for control. With so many mergers these days, it’s […]

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Bonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort

December 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, the planes feature new leather seats with six-way adjustable headrests. My favorite new addition is personal power outlets at […]

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Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 9, 2014

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about […]

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Deal Alert: Flights to Maui for Only $257 Roundtrip

December 1, 2014

As part of Alaska Airline’s Cyber Monday sale, they are offering some super cheap fares to Hawaii this spring, including from Oakland to Maui, Hawaii for only $128 each way which comes out to $257.60 roundtrip. Other cheap flights include San Diego to Honolulu, San Jose to Kaua’i, and Seattle to Hawaii. You can take […]

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Overview of Alaska Airlines Award Routing Rules

November 28, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see earlier […]

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Alaska Airlines Announces New 2015 Mileage Plan Program

November 26, 2014

Following Delta’s Increased Medallion Qualifying Dollars announcement and United Devaluing MileagePlus Premier Program, Alaska Airlines decided that they would revamp their 2015 Mileage Plan program as well. Similar to Delta and United, Alaska Airlines is trying to target business travelers, who they feel spend the most by offering increased mileage bonuses on full economy and first […]

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Ski for Free with Your Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass

November 12, 2014

Winter is almost upon us, which means ski season is inching closer too. What better way to celebrate this polar vortex than a ski trip? Alaska Airlines flies to some of the most popular ski destinations, and is working with different ski resorts in various destinations to offer opportunities to ski for free by simply […]

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Roundup of Current Shopping Portal Bonuses

November 10, 2014

Shopping portals are an easy way to earn bonus points or miles on your everyday online purchases. Usually, shopping portals pull out the big bonuses and offers for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, as well as other prime shopping periods like Mother’s Day or back-to-school season. This year there seems to be a new trend, as some shopping portals […]

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8 Airline and DOT Rules Every Flyer Should Know

November 5, 2014

When doing business with airlines, the fine print in the contract of carriage can often mean headaches (generally for you, not for them). However, there are some rules designed to work in your favor, but they’ll only do you good if you know them. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Contributor Jason Steele discusses some of those rules, and explains how […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically

October 28, 2014

Though most people would rather fly business or first class given the chance, it’s not always possible to snag a seat at the front of the plane. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a quick rundown and ranking of the economy seats you’ll likely be flying domestically these days including […]

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Fast Track to Alaska MVP Elite Status (Targeted)

October 27, 2014

With increased competition in the Pacific Northwest from Delta, Alaska has been aggressively wooing new flyers and potential elites with a series of promotions and developments including the ability to earn elite-qualifying miles on all its airline partners, double miles on Emirates, and various double EQM offers. Now the airline has launched a targeted promotion offering […]

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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On Shore

October 11, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz is back exploring 12 unexpected things she learned on shore in Alaska during her family cruise. For Part 1, detailing her impressions of the ship, click here. During the course of our Alaska cruise, two words kept popping into mind to describe the incredible landscape we were witnessing: majestic and mystical. […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On The Ship

October 10, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz recently embarked on a seven-night Alaska cruise with her family. Here, she details 12 unexpected things she learned while aboard the ship. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where she’ll explore shore excursions. For my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary, they invited their three grown children on an Alaska cruise. After a little […]

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Family Award Travel Destinations and Availability for Summer

September 26, 2014

Booking award travel early has its merits, since you’re likely to see better availability and find the seats and routings you want. Summer is 9 months away, and while not everyone knows their schedule that far in advance, it’s not too early to start planning. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at some great international family destinations and award […]

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Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely

September 19, 2014

Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers guidelines for helping unaccompanied minors get from gate to gate worry free. […]

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Credit Card Companion Tickets: Ins, Outs & Current Offers

September 15, 2014

 I often travel solo, but I also like sharing the road (and the skies) with friends from time to time. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the companion pass benefits available with current credit card offers, and explains the features that set them apart from one another. The credit card industry learned long ago that there are few offers […]

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Top Canada Credit Cards: Aeroplan, Marriott Rewards & More

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen reviews some of the top credit cards available to Canadian readers, including offers from Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines and Marriott Rewards, transferable programs like Amex Membership Rewards, and other flexible cash back programs. There’s no doubt that credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to rack up loyalty points and […]

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Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and […]

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Buying Miles and Points: Promotions Roundup

September 4, 2014

There are several buy miles and points promotions going on at the moment, so I thought I would round them all up into one post for folks who were thinking about taking advantage of them. Included below are the current bonuses, the promo periods, the per-point cost, and my thoughts on whether each offer is worthwhile. […]

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Flexible Airline Travel Vouchers – the Weekly Wish

September 4, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: more flexible airline travel vouchers. I’m sure many of you have experience with airline travel vouchers. Sometimes they appear as gift cards, while others may be earned via status (like Delta’s […]

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Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

September 1, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets and the most award availability. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why people […]

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Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

August 30, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On To Summer promotion from IHG. You […]

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