Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…

The Best Cups of Coffee in the Sky

When Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen joined the road warrior ranks, he went from despising coffee to craving a morning jolt of caffeine—even on a 6am flight to Atlanta. Fortunately, airlines are now recognizing the importance of serving high-quality java onboard their planes, and Nick has found the best ways to get your coffee buzz in the air. Airlines are in a bit…

Top Airlines to Fly International Economy Class

While many frequent flyers daydream about aspirational premium class awards, there are plenty of international economy options that will get you from A to B happily and at a fraction of the cost. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options. Let’s be honest; we’d all rather be sitting in the front…

Best First Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

Your reasons for choosing a first class ticket may come down to legroom, luggage allowances, or simply more personal space. But since airlines all over the world are handing out increasingly swanky amenity kits to their first class passengers, it’s a good thing that new TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel has taken a peek at many of…

Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

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…

Best American Express Membership Rewards Redemptions

Earlier this week, American Express launched two very lucrative sign-up bonus offers via the Card Match Tool, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round-up some of the best ways to maximize the Amex Membership Rewards points these cards will earn you. Amex launched some lucrative offers this week on two of its…

TPG’s Top New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers

The TPG team is excited to see if 2015 will bring higher point valuations, cheaper award redemptions and (in a dream world) lower hotel and airfare costs. As a companion piece to our list of fabulous destinations to visit in 2015, TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino has compiled a set of resolutions designed to help us improve our collective…

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about…