US-Based Airlines Boast Record Profits

Gone are the days of airlines filing for bankruptcy left and right, as well as reporting stagnating profits, empty planes and millions in losses. US-based air carriers announced record profits last week, as quarter two and the first half of the fiscal year came to a close. Several of them set all-time records, amidst dipping fuel…

Bonus Hyatt Passport Points, Free United Miles and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 5,000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in Africa If you’re planning a trip to Africa, Hyatt is offering 5,000 bonus points for a two-night stay at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar; the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro in Tanzania;…

Comparing Transcon Award Availability in Premium Cabins

The best awards are sometimes (but not always) the hardest to find. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines availability for some of the most sought after domestic seats to see which airlines come through for award travelers in premium cabins. On May 2, 1923, two US Air Service lieutenants took off in a Fokker T-2 from Roosevelt Field on Long…

1,000 New York City Airport Workers to Strike

This Wednesday, more than 1,000 New York City airport workers plan to go on strike, possibly affecting air travel at New York-JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) airports. Baggage handlers, security guards and wheelchair attendants contracted by Aviation Safeguards — which provides their services to Delta, British Airways and United at both JFK and LGA — have called this strike in order…

Up to 4,000 United Bonus Miles with All Day Recess Promotion

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. As I’ve written about before, airline shopping portals are a great way to boost your earnings on everyday purchases with a variety of online retailers. These…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

United Offers “Summer Customer Service Tips” in Employee Memo

Think back to United’s IT disaster of July 8, which forced the airline to ground flights and inconvenience almost half a million passengers. You may recall that United didn’t handle it very well, releasing only a single terse statement: “We are recovering from a network connectivity issue this morning and restoring regular flight operations.” What a difference a week makes….

Onward Flight Deals from Moscow

Earlier this week, TPG announced a low-fare deal for just $399 round-trip from Houston to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. While that’s a great fare in and of itself, some folks might not be interested in Moscow as their final destination. (If you are, though, check out this post on How To Get A Russian Visa.) However,…