Brussels Airlines Will Soon Have a New Owner

In an announcement today, Lufthansa Group reported that it’s going to acquire the remaining 55% of shares of Brussels Airlines, a deal that’s expected to close in early 2017. Previously, Lufthansa owned 45% of Brussels Airlines, so this deal will bring the remaining 55% under the reigns of the massive airline group. However, with the…

Booking United Awards Using Partner Programs

United Airlines has partner agreements with 39 separate airlines, not all of which are members of the Star Alliance. Most of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many allow you to redeem miles for flights on United airlines — sometimes at a lower cost than United’s award rates. Today, I’ll show you which partner carriers…

Lufthansa Passengers Now Have Access to TSA PreCheck

Lovers of Lufthansa rejoice! This week, Lufthansa became the 18th airline to join the TSA PreCheck program. Lufthansa is the first European airline to join and — along with Etihad — is one of just two airlines based outside of North America to participate. The German-based Lufthansa successfully joined before Spirit and Frontier, both of which still seem to be limited by technical problems. In case you’re…

Ship Your Personal Items with Lufthansa Cargo

Lufthansa is now making it easier to ship your goods between the US and Europe. With its new service, myAirCargo, those wishing to ship large items overseas can save money and avoid the middleman that’s often necessary to send things across the Atlantic. Lufthansa uses its cargo aircraft to make the shipments, and depending on the routing and the…

10 of the Weirdest Ways to Redeem Points and Miles

Most of us collect travel rewards to earn free flights or a luxurious award stay at a hotel, but there are plenty of other options out there. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr outlines several strange ways to cash in your account balances. Flying on an award ticket or staying in a…

Book a Round-Trip Ticket Between Frankfurt and New York on Lufthansa via… Airbnb?

Whereas travelers used to rely on staying in hotels or crashing with friends and family, Airbnb has quite literally opened the doors to strangers’ homes. Now, the booking site is taking its listings a step further by allowing travelers to book a “stay” with Lufthansa — you read that right — on a round-trip flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to…

Deal Alert: New York to Gothenburg from $293 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

5 Reasons to Visit Sarajevo

TPG Contributor Lane Nieset explores Sarajevo’s up-and-coming local wine scene and booming beer halls on par with those in Prague — as well as the movers and shakers who are chasing their dreams to kickstart their own communities in town. A flourishing merchant city in the 16th century, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city of Sarajevo was one…

Celebrating My Birthday in Vienna — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Self Bag Tagging Coming Soon to All Star Alliance Airlines

Airports around the country are dealing with massive security lines, causing people to wait for hours and even miss flights on multiple occasions. Airlines have invested millions of dollars in hopes of speeding up the process for passengers, and while that may take some time, other process improvements may help reduce waits at another part of the airport….