How to Take Full Advantage of Credit Card Benefits in 2016

With 2016 now well underway, award-travel enthusiasts are looking forward to a new year of travel — and, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, the right credit card will be crucial to earning rewards, benefits and even elite status. In today’s post, I’ll take a look at the wide array of…

Virgin America Announces Daily Flight from LAX to Hawaii

Last year, there was some speculation that Virgin America was considering flying to Hawaii — just a few months later it was formally announced and the carrier launched nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). In December, Virgin America also launched a route from San Francisco (SFO) to Maui (OGG), and kicked off the service by offering discounted fares on flights…

Airlines Offer Refunds for Travel to Zika-Impacted Areas

As you may have heard on the news, the Zika virus spreads from person to person by way of mosquito bite and although rare, it’s possible for a mother to transmit the virus to her newborn child. In May 2015, the first alert of the virus was reported in Brazil — prior to that, the virus was typically only found…

Deal Alert: East Coast to Los Angeles from $132 Round-Trip

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…

Credit Cards That Get You Elite-Like Airline Benefits

Maybe you failed to qualify for your airline’s elite status this year? Or perhaps you occasionally need to travel on carriers that you don’t hold elite status with? Don’t worry; TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele is here to show you how the right credit card can offer you many of the same benefits that come along elite…

How to Get Airline Elite Status Quickly in 2016

As we start a new year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers tips and advice on earning airline elite status quickly in 2016. When it comes to airline elite status, the landscape in 2016 is going to look a lot different than in previous years. Delta and United made enormous changes to their award-mileage and…

The Safest Airlines in the World for 2016

Every year, AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety- and product-rating website, announces its safest airlines and low-cost carriers from the 407 total airlines it monitors. For the past two years, Qantas came out on top for the site’s world’s safest airline award, and this year was no different. In today’s announcement, AirlineRatings.com awarded the Australian carrier as…

Credit Cards That Get You Free Checked Baggage

Checking a bag doesn’t have to cost you. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, there are plenty of credit card options (for a variety of airlines) that entitle you — and even your travel companions — to one free checked bag. Most US airlines introduced checked bag fees in 2008, supposedly as…

Save At Least 20% on Virgin America Flights This Winter

Virgin America’s promotional prices are available once again, with reduced fares available for travel this winter. The airline is currently offering discounts on travel through February in partnership with Condé Nast Traveler. As with the deals available around Thanksgiving, Virgin has promotional pricing on Main Cabin, Main Cabin Select and first-class seats. These lower rates are available on the airline’s most…

The Incredible Etihad Residence, Exciting New Airline Routes & 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:…