How to Book Award Flights with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles to book the flights you want. Don’t let the name fool you…

Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale: Starting at 5,000 Miles Each Way

In addition to the current 40% buy miles bonus, Alaska Airlines is offering a fall award sale with flights starting at just 5,000 miles each way. The fare sale is for flights between select cities booked by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on September 13, 2015, for travel between September 9 – December 16, 2015. Some blackout dates…

Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, in honor of the 40% buy miles bonus promotion. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of TPG’s favorite frequent flyer programs. He pegs the value at 2.0 cents per mile — higher than any other airline program, thanks to fantastic…

Does It Make Sense To Buy Alaska Miles With a 40% Bonus?

Now through October 6, 2015, Alaska MileagePlan is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles. Like the last time we saw this promo back in April, this bonus is tiered. The more miles you buy, the bigger your bonus. Here is how it breaks down: Buy or Gift Bonus Buy 10,000 – 19,000…

The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

There are few things worse than watching your frequent flyer miles vanish in an instant. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig outlines one great option for extending the life of your miles with only a minute or two of work. With only a few exceptions, including Delta and JetBlue, frequent flyer miles are set to expire…

5 of the Coolest Plane Liveries in the Sky

In celebration of these unique aircraft designs, TPG Editorial Intern Danielle Truglio shares a list of top plane liveries that will excite travelers of all ages. In honor of the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film, ANA has partnered up with The Walt Disney Company to produce a series of plane liveries that will blow your…

Maximizing the Alaska Airlines Visa Companion Fare

Alaska Airlines offers quality service and a lucrative frequent flyer programs; today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can also get exceptional value out of Alaska’s co-branded credit card. Many airline credit cards tout companion certificate benefits. Generally speaking, these certificates allow you to bring a friend or family member along for free (or at…

Why Mileage Multipliers Are a Raw Deal

At a time when airlines are pulling in record profits, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why buying miles to go with your next flight might boost your carrier’s bottom line, but it probably won’t help your own. When you purchase a flight on a major US carrier, you’re often given the option to…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

7 Great Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Award Redemptions

Today, Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at the top awards options in one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, and explains why collecting Alaska Airlines miles should be a priority for all award travelers. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of the most valuable loyalty programs out there. In TPG’s most recent valuations, he…