Comparing Basic Economy Fares Across Airlines

Say what you will about Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit, but these ultra-low-cost carriers are earning serious profits and growing quickly. The three major US legacy airlines have noticed their success, and are now scrambling to offer their super-low fares while imposing more fees. Delta, and, most recently, United have done so by introducing Basic Economy fare classes, and…

4 Reasons to Always Travel Light, With 5 Tips to Get Started

We’ve all seen those articles about how to pack or travel light, where a few pairs of pants, some shirts, undergarments and some other essentials are all you need. But why minimize your packing? And what do you really gain by going carry-on only when traveling? From saving money to saving your back, here are four…

Several Airlines Detail Havana Routes and Inaugural Flight Dates

Update 10/13/16: Southwest announced that it will begin its Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Varadero (VRA) service on November 13, 2016, as well as its FLL and Tampa (TPA) service to Havana (HAV) on December 12, 2016. Now through November 20, 2016, the carrier is offering a promotional starting prices of $59 one-way on nonstop flights…

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…

Frontier Airlines Finally Joins TSA PreCheck

Update 9/29/16: As of today, TSA PreCheck is now available when flying Frontier. The TSA has been facing some heat lately with its ever-growing security checkpoint wait times, as you’ve probably heard (or experienced) by now. But travelers can help to expedite those long lines in a number of ways, especially by getting TSA PreCheck. Last month, the TSA announced…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…

The Best Airlines for Customer Service in 2016

Customer service is a vital part of the airline industry. And, as frequent travelers, we all know that there are some airlines that excel at customer service, and there are others that lag far, far behind to the point where many would avoid boarding their planes altogether. So it’s no surprise that there are plenty of…

Spirit Ranks as the Worst Airline for Customer Satisfaction

It should come as a surprise to almost no one that super-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines does not perform well in the realm of customer service. In fact, the carrier ran a promotion a couple years ago that allowed customers to sound off and voice their dissatisfaction in exchange for 8,000 frequent flyer miles — and travelers…

Exciting New Airline Routes for April 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…

US Senator Pushes for Airplane Seat Regulations

Seat size and pitch is always a hot topic, and now the federal government is considering getting involved. Today, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt chats economy seating with Chuck Schumer, one of the US Senate’s most outspoken traveler advocates. Airplane seats in the economy cabin have always been tight, but at least they used to offer enough…