US-Based Airlines Boast Record Profits

Gone are the days of airlines filing for bankruptcy left and right, as well as reporting stagnating profits, empty planes and millions in losses. US-based air carriers announced record profits last week, as quarter two and the first half of the fiscal year came to a close. Several of them set all-time records, amidst dipping fuel…

Deal Alert: $545 from New York/Philadelphia to Amsterdam 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…

Comparing Transcon Award Availability in Premium Cabins

The best awards are sometimes (but not always) the hardest to find. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines availability for some of the most sought after domestic seats to see which airlines come through for award travelers in premium cabins. On May 2, 1923, two US Air Service lieutenants took off in a Fokker T-2 from Roosevelt Field on Long…

American Airlines Restricts Same-Day Changes

Last week, we reported that American Airlines is now offering a limited test of same-day confirmed flight changes to select international routes. Unfortunately, it seems that the airline also added some unannounced modifications to its same-day change policy. Per View from the Wing, the new policy update restricts the routing options available to American flyers who make same-day changes. The new language reads…

Deal Alert: Flights to Cancun from $265

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…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Do Award Cancellation Benefits Change With AA Elite Status?

TPG reader Liam tweeted me to ask about when AAdvantage elite benefits become available: @thepointsguy – “Can I book AA award travel as a Platinum elite member, then use privileges to cancel and reinstate miles when I become Executive Platinum?” Over the years, the airlines have eroded elite status by doing things like making lower-tier elites…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

AA/US Airways Merge Reservations, Rocketmiles Bonus & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: American Airlines and US Airways are merging reservations this week Starting today (July 18, 2015), American Airlines and US Airways will begin merging their reservations systems. The airlines will slowly phase out the US Airways reservations system (called Shares) and…