Deal Alert: Europe Business Class Fares For $1,100

Business class fares to Europe tend to run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on the season and destination. But per this FlyerTalk thread, some intrepid travelers have uncovered fares as low as $1,100 roundtrip on Star Alliance airlines throughout the next year. There are two catches, though. The first is that the fares are only being…

Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options…

Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and…

Sunday Reader Question: What Ever Happened With Your Swiss First Class @United Fiasco?

Travel blogger and friend Parag from @FrequentFlyerU Tweeted me this past weekend with “@thepointsguy What ever happened with your Swiss First Class @United fiasco?” For those of you who don’t remember, in September I was supposed to fly from Miami to Nice via Zurich on a United airlines business class saver award using 50,000 Chase…

Flight Review: Swiss Business Class ZRH-LAX

Although I flew Swiss business class from Zurich to San Francisco with the rest of the Star Megadoers last month, we were all  busy catching up, talking shop and taking stock of the service on the flight (and resting up for the busy week ahead!). But TPG Managing Editor Eric actually took a separate flight…

Good Delta & Swiss Fares: Istanbul from $529 and London To US Cities for Under $600

It looks like there’s a fun little mileage run possibility going on courtesy of Delta, KLM and Swiss to Istanbul this winter, as well as another Delta fare sale from London to certain US cities that just came up today. Noted on this Flyertalk thread, there are some low fares from Chicago to Istanbul for…

Help Me Plan My Upcoming Trip to Provence and Monte Carlo

As a member of the frequent flyer community, I’m always amazed at how much the community gives back to each other. I’ve had the great fortune to be able to give away some fun things like trips on the last Star Alliance and Oneworld Mega Dos and even got to take TPG reader Daniel to…

Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying…