Amazing Etihad First-Class Award Availability

Etihad has one of the most over-the-top first-class products in the industry. It one-upped its Middle Eastern counterparts Emirates and Qatar with the new Residence and Apartment on the Airbus A380. TPG reviewed Etihad’s inaugural flight on The Residence from New York-JFK last year and loved his experience, despite its hefty price tag. While the ultra-exclusive Residence product is…

Can I Lock in an Award While I Wait for Points to Transfer?

TPG reader Ahmed sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I’ll be transferring Amex points to Etihad Guest to book an award on American Airlines. I confirmed the availability, but how can I make sure it will still be there once the transfer goes through? I don’t want my points to be stuck with…

The 5 Best Visa Cards for Costco Purchases, Bookable Flights to Cuba and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

25 Airlines That Have Never Had a Major Accident

With recent crashes getting so much media coverage, it’s easy to be scared into believing that air travel is getting more dangerous. However, statistics reflect that air travel remains incredibly safe. In 2015, there were 560 airliner accident fatalities from 16 fatal airliner accidents. Of the 16, only five accidents resulted in more than 10 deaths — including…

An Evening with Etihad Airways at the UAE Embassy

It’s not every day that an airline rewards its most loyal customers with an appreciation dinner, but recently Etihad Airways did just that. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shares his experience attending a carrier-hosted event at the UAE embassy in Washington, DC. Etihad recently invited select elite Etihad Guest members in the…

TSA PreCheck Expands to Four New Airlines

As you’ve probably heard by now, TSA security checkpoint wait times have been incredibly long in recent weeks — sometimes resulting in waits of two hours or more. It’s even gotten so bad that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has threatened to get rid of the TSA in New York-area airports, replacing…

May Monthly Valuations, Reviewing United’s Island Hopper, A JetBlue Status Challenge and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

How to Book Etihad Partner Award Flights, and Why It’s Worth the Effort

Etihad is known for offering great premium-cabin service, but its frequent flyer program is also a valuable option for booking award flights with a global network of partners. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through the award-booking process and shows you the best options for earning and redeeming Etihad miles. The…

Transferring Amex Membership Rewards Points to Etihad Guest

As of today, the American Express Membership Rewards program has one additional transfer partner: Etihad Guest. The Middle Eastern carrier is the 17th airline partner available for MR transfers, and it represents a great opportunity to book award flights — particularly on American Airlines following the recent devaluation. Read on for the full details. First thing’s…