The Risks of Flying an Independent or Low-Cost Carrier

Grammy-winning UK band Foxes learned the hard way about the dangers of relying on a low-cost carrier. The band was booked on a La Compagnie flight from London’s Luton airport (LTN) to Newark (EWR) the day before they were to join Coldplay’s North America tour. But, when they arrived at the airport, they found that their flight was canceled, and there…

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

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…

FAA Changes Could Mean More Options, Cheaper Flights at Newark

Airport slot restrictions are used to control the flow of flights in and out of certain airports to ensure there aren’t too many departing or arriving at the same time. These restrictions only happen at high-capacity airports like JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) in New York and Reagan National (DCA) in Washington, D.C. The FAA distributes slots to airlines…

8 Ways to Get Other Passengers to Pass You By on Southwest

Flying on Southwest can be a great experience, but because of the airline’s open boarding process with no assigned seats, boarding can be both exciting and a tedious task. Today, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt takes a tongue-in-cheek look at how you can best get other passengers to not take the seat directly next to you when flying…

Deal Alert: $99 One-Way Fares to Amsterdam and Paris on WOW Air

Flights to Europe just got cheaper for East Coast flyers. Budget airline WOW Air has deals from Baltimore (BWI) and Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) and Paris (CDG) with one-way fares starting at $99. All of these flights funnel through WOW’s hub in Reykjavik — connection times start at 70 minutes and there’s no need to go through security. While flights…

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…

Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets and the most award availability. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why people…

Flight Review: Norwegian Air Intra-European 737-800 OSL-ARN

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen traveled throughout Scandinavia and got to take a flight on European upstart airline Norwegian Air. Here’s his review of the experience. Although my round-the-world award included business class flights on EVA, Singapore and SAS, one of the flights I was most interested to take was…

Ryanair Launches Free Electronic Boarding Pass App

I’ve made no secret of my feelings about Irish budget airline Ryanair, from my own horrible experience flying Ryanair last year to TPG Contributor Lori Zaino‘s tongue-firmly-in-cheek post on 10 Ways to Survive a Ryanair Flight. However, if I’m going to criticize, then in fairness I have to praise when the low-cost carrier does something right. Rather than being charged for the privilege of printing out a…