ANA Star Alliance Award Search Engine is Back… with a Few Glitches

Back in April, ANA revamped its Mileage Club frequent-flyer program and its web site. While the new award charts have some sweet spots, the web redevelopment pretty much ruined what had been the best Star Alliance award search engine out there, limiting the types of awards you could pull in and the breadth of your search…

Using Etihad Guest Partner Awards to Find Incredible Value

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how he scored an incredible deal by redeeming Etihad Guest miles for a first class award on partner airline ANA. Earlier this year, my wife, son and I flew Etihad Diamond First Class round-trip from Tokyo to Abu Dhabi, and Pearl Business Class from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives via an incredible…

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…

How to Book Star Alliance Awards that Aren’t on United.com

Like the airlines themselves, not all flight search engines are created equal, especially when it comes to booking awards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers strategies for finding the flights you want even if they appear to be unavailable. There are lots of ways to earn points and miles, but for an effective award travel strategy, you need…

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…

Deal Alert: Flights to Bangkok from $600

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…

Exciting New Airline Routes for Summer and Beyond

From here on, the TPG team will periodically share news of exciting new airline routes, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JUNE 2015 Toronto (YYZ) –…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? June 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…

High-Flying Fine Dining: Airline Chef Partnerships

While it seems like most airline food is getting worse and worse these days — and to add insult to injury, you sometimes even have to pay for it! — some airlines are actually pulling out all the stops to keep their premium customers happy. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up a who’s who…

Flight Review: ANA 777-300ER First Class Tokyo-New York

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Last year, United offered $1,700 first-class tickets between Boston and Seoul. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig took advantage of the deal, booking a 10-day trip to Asia. And as luck would have it, when his United flight from Tokyo to…