Be Careful When Searching ANA Award Availability

Transferring points to an airline from a program like American Express Membership Rewards is irreversible, so you’ll want to make sure you can actually book your desired award before initiating the transaction. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains why you’ll want to be extra careful when searching for awards on Japanese carrier…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

Exciting New Airline Routes for May 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Senior Editor Kaeli Conforti shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change…

Deal Alert: Star Alliance to Hong Kong from $516 Round-Trip

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…

Redeem United Global Premier Upgrades on ANA Flights

One of the most generous perks of United’s Premier 1K (and top-tier status from American and Delta) is the upgrade certificates you’ll receive that let you book a lower cabin and confirm a business or first-class seat long before departure. Of course, just having the upgrade certificates doesn’t guarantee an upgrade, but if you know how…

Deal Alert: US to Southeast Asia from $462 Round-Trip on Star Alliance

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…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

ANA Further Reduces Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets

Earlier this year, ANA pledged to lower fuel surcharges in response to reduced oil prices, and it began implementing these changes back in March. As TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, things are looking even better now. In March we looked at the level of carrier-imposed surcharges on ANA award tickets. It was interesting…

Join Me as I Film TPGtv in Tokyo and Osaka

Japan is one of my favorite countries — it’s been about 18 months since my last trip, so I’m excited to be heading back this week to work on some exciting new content for TPGtv with my film crew. One of the things I’ve learned from the first season of TPGtv is that we need to share more points and miles…

Using Airline Geography to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

When it comes to airline award charts, not all regions are defined the same. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, airlines have different ways of categorizing a variety of destinations, and knowing the sweet spots can help you score some particularly good redemption values. Is Israel part of Europe, Asia, Africa…