Avianca Brazil Joins Star Alliance

Three years ago, Colombia-based airline Avianca joined the Star Alliance network. Today, its subsidiary Avianca Brazil — formerly known as Ocean Air — has also officially come onboard. Avianca Brazil is an independently-operated airline with hubs in São Paulo and Brasília. It currently lays claim to the title of the fourth-largest airline in Brazil, after TAM, Gol and…

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…

Travel to Machu Picchu on Points and Miles

Machu Picchu has become one of the most popular travel destinations in South America — and it’s easy to see why. The centuries-old ruins of a lavish estate seem to float above the rest of the world, offering incredible views of jagged peaks jutting through the clouds and condors soaring over lush river valleys. It can be…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…

Last Chance: Roundup of Offers Ending May 31

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Deals come and go, and a good way to maximize your travel rewards is by making sure you get in on the best ones. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at some particularly juicy deals…

Buy Avianca LifeMiles From 1.5 Cents Each Through May 29

Despite last year’s devaluation, Avianca LifeMiles is still one of the best frequent flyer programs for booking Star Alliance award flights, especially when the Colombia-based airline happens to be offering a bonus when you purchase miles. From now through May 29, 2015, you can buy between 1,000 and 75,000 miles, with a minimum bonus of 100%. For residents of…

Guide to Bidding on Flight Upgrades for Premium Seats

I’m 6’7″, so I have long been a fan of flying business and first class, especially on longer international flights. Even if you don’t have the cash or miles on hand to pay for premium classes outright, you do have other options to get a seat near the front of the boat. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains…

Starwood Sale, Wyndham Double Points, Avianca Bonus Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 50% Off Starwood Australia Pacific Stays Starwood is offering up to 50% off stays in Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa until July 31, 2015. You must book your stay between February 16, 2015—March 1, 2015. Blackout dates may…

1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, 2,000 Bonus SkyMiles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save 50% on Starwood Properties in Asia Pacific You can save 50% on Starwood stays in Asia Pacific properties. The offer is available to book online, or call 877-782-0150 and ask for rate plan DAILY50. You must book by…

IHG Free Nights, Delta SkyMiles at Hawaii Hilton & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Targeted US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles: US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles now through September 30th, 2014. However, unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from…