Comparing Basic Economy Fares Across Airlines

Say what you will about Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit, but these ultra-low-cost carriers are earning serious profits and growing quickly. The three major US legacy airlines have noticed their success, and are now scrambling to offer their super-low fares while imposing more fees. Delta, and, most recently, United have done so by introducing Basic Economy fare classes, and…

4 Reasons to Always Travel Light, With 5 Tips to Get Started

We’ve all seen those articles about how to pack or travel light, where a few pairs of pants, some shirts, undergarments and some other essentials are all you need. But why minimize your packing? And what do you really gain by going carry-on only when traveling? From saving money to saving your back, here are four…

Thousands of Flights Cancelled as Hurricane Matthew Approaches Florida

After ripping through the Caribbean, major Hurricane Matthew is approaching the Florida coast. Based on the latest forecast, landfall is expected to occur overnight Friday morning just north of West Palm Beach. The storm is expected to strengthen even more today. The forecast calls for the storm to reach category 4 (out of 5) hurricane strength before landfall. For reference, Hurricane…

Several Airlines Detail Havana Routes and Inaugural Flight Dates

Update 10/13/16: Southwest announced that it will begin its Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Varadero (VRA) service on November 13, 2016, as well as its FLL and Tampa (TPA) service to Havana (HAV) on December 12, 2016. Now through November 20, 2016, the carrier is offering a promotional starting prices of $59 one-way on nonstop flights…

Top Sign-Up Offers for August, Big Changes To United MileagePlus, How to Avoid Bad Business Class Seats 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:…

Earn More Miles When You Spend Less with Spirit’s Latest Promotion

Most legacy carriers have moved to revenue-based mileage-earning programs, significantly devaluing each program in the process. In a way, Spirit Airlines has followed suit for the month of August — although this promotion works a bit differently than the rest of the carriers. Believe it or not, Spirit will reward flyers who book a lower base…

Why Spirit Airlines Hopes to Never See 90% or Better On-Time Arrivals

It’s hardly a secret that Spirit Airlines is America’s most hated airline. Rest assured that Spirit’s semi-new CEO, Bob Fornaro, has heard your gripes about poor customer service, hidden fees and late or cancelled flights, and wants to improve the airline’s reputation and performance — but only up to a certain point. While that might seem…

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…

Frontier Airlines Finally Joins TSA PreCheck

Update 9/29/16: As of today, TSA PreCheck is now available when flying Frontier. The TSA has been facing some heat lately with its ever-growing security checkpoint wait times, as you’ve probably heard (or experienced) by now. But travelers can help to expedite those long lines in a number of ways, especially by getting TSA PreCheck. Last month, the TSA announced…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…