Deal Alert: Southwest Flight Sale From $36 One-Way

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Southwest just announced another major sale, with fares starting at $36 one-way for both domestic and international flights if you purchase before September 29. The…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass for Just 90,000 Starpoints

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. Very early this morning, Marriott closed its acquisition of Starwood — the combined chains now have a total of 5,700 hotels in 110+ countries around the world. Perhaps even more exciting than the number of…

Southwest Adds Same-Day Priority Standby for A-List Members

If you’re a frequent business traveler, you surely know the pain of having a meeting end early and needing to wait hours until your departing flight takes off. Or, maybe you’ve checked out of your hotel, but some rain is cutting short a day of sightseeing. If you’re flying on Southwest, your only option to get on an earlier…

Earn Double Rapid Rewards Points on Fall Travel (Targeted)

Southwest is offering select Rapid Rewards members a pretty simple way to earn bonus points on travel this fall. Targeted members received an email, detailing the promotion and a link to register to earn 2x points on all flights between September 1 and November 18, 2016. The terms and conditions state that only those who were targeted are…

Several Airlines Detail Havana Routes and Inaugural Flight Dates

Update 9/28/16: It appears that American Airlines will beat United to Havana by one day, with nonstop service from Miami launching November 28. Additionally, Alaska Airlines has confirmed that it will launch daily service from Los Angeles to Havana on January 5, 2017, with the following schedule: Update 2: You can now redeem United miles…

DOT Fines and Issues Cease & Desist Orders to Four Airlines

Friday afternoon, the US Department of Transportation announced that it had fined four airlines for providing inaccurate information to passengers. The offending airlines — Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest and United — were fined between $35,000-$45,000 each for: …providing inaccurate information to passengers about how much compensation they could potentially receive for being denied boarding against their…

Can I Use the Southwest Companion Pass on Existing Reservations?

TPG reader Andrew sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking companion fares: “I’m close to earning the Southwest Companion Pass. Once I do, will I be able to add a companion to flights I’ve already booked?” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most popular travel rewards available, partly because of how easy it is to…

Do I Have to Book Directly with Southwest to Use the Companion Pass?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using a companion ticket on flights booked through a third party: “If I book a Southwest flight using ThankYou points, can I still add a companion to that reservation?” You can get a lot of value out of companion tickets, but many of them come loaded with…

Southwest Now Offering PreCheck on International Itineraries

Southwest has offered service to select international destinations for some time now, but passengers on these flights haven’t been able to use TSA PreCheck. Fortunately, it looks like that just changed, based on travelers’ comments on FlyerTalk and the airline’s response to a customer on its Facebook page: If you’re enrolled in PreCheck — and you…

5 Easy Tips for Picking the Healthiest Snack on Every Flight

TPG Contributor Molly Rose recently asked Keri Gans, a registered dietician, nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You, about her best tips for selecting the healthiest snacks on every flight (hint: it has nothing to do with those giant snack boxes). It’s always healthier to plan ahead for snacks…