Qantas Lowers Award Ticket Fuel Surcharges by up to 25%

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has a bit of good news for folks who want to use Qantas Frequent Flyer miles for award travel: lower fuel surcharges that can end up saving…

Flight Review: New Qantas A330 Business Class Sydney to Perth

On his recent trip to Australia, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen got the chance to fly Qantas’ new business class from Sydney to Perth. Here’s his review of the experience. There are more airline options than ever to get to Australia from the US, including the recent announcement of American Airlines’ new service from LAX-Sydney…

Exciting New Airline Routes for Summer and Beyond

From here on, the TPG team will periodically share news of exciting new airline routes, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JUNE 2015 Toronto (YYZ) –…

American Airlines Vs. Qantas: Which Airline to Fly to Australia?

Last week, American Airlines announced a transpacific partnership with Qantas that will include a new daily nonstop flight aboard AA’s flagship 777-300ER from Los Angeles LAX to Sydney starting in December 2015. TPG Special Contributor (and frequent Qantas passenger) Eric Rosen takes a look at both airlines and the factors that should help you decide…

Wine Travel: Margaret River, Western Australia

This week, we kick off a new series on wine travel by TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen. He’s just launched a new website called Cluster Crush, which features all kinds of useful (and fun) information about the world of wine, from basic education to travel tips to advice from chefs about how to pair wines with food….

High-Flying Fine Dining: Airline Chef Partnerships

While it seems like most airline food is getting worse and worse these days — and to add insult to injury, you sometimes even have to pay for it! — some airlines are actually pulling out all the stops to keep their premium customers happy. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up a who’s who…

How Should I Use AAdvantage Miles to Fly to Sydney?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m trying to book business class with American Airlines miles to Sydney (SYD) in November and there are almost zero flights. Is it a lost cause? Any advice?” If you want to use American Airlines miles to go to Australia, the easy option is to redeem them…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…

Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in…

5 Reasons Not to Transfer ThankYou Rewards to Qantas

The travel rewards landscape is constantly changing, sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for nothing. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains why you can forget about Citi’s newest transfer partner. It’s always good news when a flexible rewards program adds another transfer parter, as the more opportunity you have to use your points,…