Booking American Airlines Awards with Partner Programs

Especially after American’s recent award chart devaluation, it could be worth looking to other frequent flyer programs when you want to book free flights on AA metal. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr evaluates all your options. You can book stopovers and an open jaw when flying American Airlines on an award…

Long Layover? Take a Free City Tour at One of These Airports

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights seven airports where you can take advantage of complimentary city tours, a special perk offered by airlines for passengers with especially long layovers. Because who wants to sit around in the airport all day anyway? Have you ever been dreading a flight because of a long connection? These seven airports…

All the Planes You Need to See from the 2016 Farnborough Air Show

The Farnborough Air Show is a week-long display of all the latest and greatest in commercial and military aviation. The Show is held every two years at Farnborough Airport just outside London. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig was on site checking out all the show had to offer. Here’s a recap of the top stories from…

Check Out Boeing’s New 737 MAX, New American Airlines Credit Cards, Swiss’ 777 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:…

Explore Qatar Airways’ Incredible Gulfstream G650 Private Jet

Qatar Airways is already known for providing an ultra-luxurious product, from an excellent first class on the A380 to business class on the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. But for some passengers (those accustomed to flying around like this), a commercial flight just won’t cut it. It’s for these customers that the airline operates its Qatar Executive…

Check Out Qatar’s All-Business-Class Airbus A319 Jet

Most intercontinental airliners offer at least two classes of service — business and economy, at a minimum — with the world’s largest airlines operating three classes or more. There are a handful of planes with only a business-class cabin floating around, however, though they’re few and far between. Until recently, SAS offered such a product, and Singapore discontinued…

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…

Qatar and Delta Clash (Again) After A380 Can’t Find a Big Enough Gate in Atlanta

Yesterday Qatar Airways flew its inaugural flight to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) on the airline’s A380 without incident — until it couldn’t find a gate big enough to accommodate it. Out of the more than 200 gates at ATL — the world’s busiest airport and Delta’s busiest hub — only one can handle the…

American Airlines Increases Mileage Earnings for Qatar Flights

Just a couple of weeks after making a small — but very nice — change to its award routing rules, American Airlines has made another positive change to its AAdvantage mileage program: For travel on or after May 1, certain flights on Qatar Airways will earn more AA miles. The affected Qatar fare classes are: R (business) H (full-fare economy) L, V, Q…

Qatar’s Operating the A380 on Its Inaugural Doha-Atlanta Flight

Last year, Qatar Airways announced a handful of new routes between its hub in Doha and Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles. The latter two of those flights have already launched, operating on 777 and A350 aircraft, while service to and from Atlanta will start in a little over a month. Like DOH-LAX, this route will be…