Alaska Airlines Now Charging for Premium Seats

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines announced the launch of a new Preferred Plus seating option. Set in bulkhead and exit rows, these seats, which were previously available only to elite members, can now be purchased at the 24-hour check-in window, starting at $15 plus tax. Here’s what Alaska has to say about these new seats: Upgrades for rows 6, 16…

Donate to Nepal, New Alaska Routes, 7k JetBlue Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar to Launch in Fort Lauderdale, FL Silvercar — the car rental company that exclusively offers premium Audi A4 rentals — is launching in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area starting on May 15, 2015. Users can now reserve their Fort Lauderdale Silvercars via the app…

Alaska Airlines Adds New Service to Costa Rica

Today Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding service from Los Angeles to Costa Rica. Eight weekly flights will begin to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR) on October 31 and November 1. Costa Rica is a beautiful destination. I traveled there for New Year’s Eve last year and stayed at a Hilton property and…

Are Alaska’s American and Delta Perks Too Good to Last?

Alaska isn’t one of the largest domestic carriers, but it does have one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines how its relationships with American and Delta impact the value of all three airlines for award travelers. The travel industry has seen many strange bedfellows over the…

3 Ways to Book Emirates First Class Awards

Despite scrutiny from domestic carriers over unfair subsidies, Emirates (along with Etihad and Qatar) is succeeding at least partly due to the quality of its in-flight product. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how you can book one of the most luxurious award tickets out there — Emirates First Class. One of the things I love most about award travel is being…

Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

How to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. It combines the Old World grandeur…

Most Airlines Have No Idea Where Your Bags Are

Lost or misplaced baggage is an unfortunate rite of passage for every airline passenger. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains why airlines can and should do better, and how you can keep your own luggage from disappearing. Order a package, and the shipping company will tell you where it was last scanned along every…

Alaska Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated, and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on Alaska Airlines. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…