Strategies for Meeting Your Elite Status Goals in 2016

With the halfway point of 2016 fast approaching, it’s crucial to have your elite status qualification strategy nailed down. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares some of the top tips for meeting revenue, segment and elite-qualifying mile requirements. We are coming up on the midpoint of 2016, so with almost half of…

Alaska Airlines Might Keep Virgin America Brand After Merger

Love the Virgin America brand? We have some good news for you: Alaska Airlines might retain the Virgin America name after the merger. Love the Alaska Airlines brand? Don’t worry, it would be kept as well. During a speech to The Wings Club yesterday, Alaska Airlines’ CEO Brad Tilden discussed the possibility of keeping both brands post-merger. In the months…

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…

Exciting New Airline Routes for May 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Senior Editor Kaeli Conforti 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 (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change…

Comparing Premium Transcontinental Service Across Carriers

All the major US-based airlines offer premium-cabin products for flights across the country, but not all of them are created equal. To help you find the best seat on your next coast-to-coast itinerary, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele sizes up the various options. Did you know that the flight from Boston to…

10 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling — especially with the TSA having the number of issues that we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Passengers have reported outlandish security checkpoint wait times, airlines (specifically American and United) have had to call in millions of dollars’ worth of reinforcements to help…

TSA PreCheck Expands to Four New Airlines

As you’ve probably heard by now, TSA security checkpoint wait times have been incredibly long in recent weeks — sometimes resulting in waits of two hours or more. It’s even gotten so bad that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has threatened to get rid of the TSA in New York-area airports, replacing…

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…

May Monthly Valuations, Reviewing United’s Island Hopper, A JetBlue Status Challenge 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:…

Deal Alert: West Coast to Hawaii from $378 Round-Trip on Virgin America

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…