Etihad and Orbitz Make Unwelcome Changes to Mistake-Fare Flights

Turns out that those magically cheap Etihad fares that we shared back in December may not be so magical, after all. I’ve been hearing from readers that although Etihad has agreed to honor these cheap mistake fares, the airline is now making changes to some their itineraries—and not for the better. In case this happens to…

Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part One

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights even with a relatively small number of miles. Part of what first drew me to The Points Guy and award travel in general…

Insider Series: True Life of an Emirates Flight Attendant

Flying first class on Emirates was one of my all-time favorite travel experiences for its sheer luxury, its onboard showers, and its warm, impeccable service. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a flight attendant aboard one of the Middle East’s opulent carriers? As part of our new Insider Series, here’s TPG Contributor Carrie A. Trey‘s behind-the-scenes, anonymous report from a…

The World’s Safest Major and Low-Cost Airlines for 2015

As frequent travelers yourselves, I hope you’ll be relieved to know that aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the 10 safest major airlines in the world, and for the first time, have also determined the 10 safest low-cost airlines in the world. For the second year in a row, Australian carrier Qantas has nabbed number one…

The Etihad Mistake-Fare Guide to Dubai

If you were lucky enough to nab one of those amazing Etihad mistake fares last year/month, congratulations! If your trip will take you to the opulent juggernaut of Dubai, there’s no need to spend hours researching your way around the second-largest city in the United Arab Emirates—TPG Contributor Nicholas du Pont lived there for two exciting years, and wants to help you make the most of your…

Delta One-Way Awards, Alaska Award Sale, Bonus Aeroplan Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Delta One-Way Awards Now Bookable As of January 1, 2015, you can now book one-way award tickets on Delta Air Lines using SkyMiles. Saver level domestic one-way awards will start at 12,500 miles. Unfortunatately, stopovers on award tickets will no longer…

The Etihad Mistake-Fare Guide to Abu Dhabi

‘Twas the morning of Christmas, and in the U.A.E., Etihad’s mainframe was glitching, releasing fares (almost) for free…If you were lucky enough to nab one of those amazing Etihad mistake fares last year/month, congratulations on acting quickly! To save you time on researching what to do in the Middle East carrier’s hub city of Abu Dhabi,…

Most Exciting New Airline Routes To Fly In 2015

As 2015 is only a few days away, a new year means new airline routes to fly, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look into upcoming airline schedules and round up a few of the most exciting. Airline routes and frequencies change all the time, and while that can be…