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…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and consistent bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as new offers…

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…

Exciting New Routes for July 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details…

Building Credit from Scratch, Southwest’s International Destinations, Around-the-World Awards 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:…

Southwest Airlines’ Computer Glitch Causes FAA to Issue Ground Stop on Its Flights

Update: As of 9:15am EST Thursday, Southwest’s website is back up and running. According to the carrier, most of the systems are back online this morning following yesterday’s outages. However, recovery will take some time, so if you’re flying with Southwest in the next few days, it’s best to call ahead and make sure there…

7 Countries You Didn’t Know You Could Fly to on Southwest

TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel outlines some lesser-known international options on Southwest in case you’re looking to travel abroad and you’ve got some Rapid Rewards points burning a hole in your pocket. With nearly 4,000 flights scheduled every day, Southwest’s route network is quite extensive — starting December 17, the airline will also offer nonstop service between…

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:…