Most Airlines Have No Idea Where Your Bags Are

Lost or misplaced baggage is an unfortunate rite of passage for every airline passenger. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains why airlines can and should do better, and how you can keep your own luggage from disappearing. Order a package, and the shipping company will tell you where it was last scanned along every…

Alaska Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated, and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on Alaska Airlines. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

Last Day for Alaska 40% Mileage Bonus = Cheap Emirates First Class!

Today is the last day to buy Alaska MileagePlan miles for a 40% bonus. When you buy 40,000 miles, you get 16,000 bonus miles (56,000 total) for a total cost of $1,182.50, or 2.1 cents per mile. There is no limit to the amount of miles you can buy and note that they are processed by…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul has been topping jetsetters’ hot lists for a few years now. With historic palaces and mosques, a beautiful waterfront, trendy neighborhoods and an up-and-coming restaurant scene, Turkey’s biggest city is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. So if you haven’t had a chance to visit Istanbul yet, now is the time…and it’s easier…

Alaska Airlines Launches Seattle to JFK Service

Once the closest of partners, Alaska Airlines and Delta seem to be on the brink of all-out war in their fight to dominate the Seattle market, Alaska’s traditional homeland. The latest salvo comes from Alaska, which announced in March that it would launch flights between Seattle SEA and New York’s JFK in September and award…

Travel Rewards March Madness Final Four: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the semifinals of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Earlier in the month, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, and last week, I profiled the quarterfinal match-ups. The readers have once again spoken, and it’s time to reveal which…

Emirates Adds New U.S. Flights Amid Subsidy Concerns

Earlier this week Emirates announced that it will be adding a second daily flight to Seattle, while also adding Orlando as its tenth American destination. The rapidly expanding Middle Eastern carrier has recently been scrutinized by American carriers Delta and American, both of which allege that Emirates has received unfair subsidies from the UAE government, causing American…

How to Book Cheap Cathay and Emirates Business Class Awards

I don’t often recommend buying airline miles because frequent flyer programs often charge around 3-3.5 cents per mile, a value that can be hard to recoup on most awards. However, Alaska Airlines is currently offering a promotion now through April 3 where you can get up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles that might…

10 Airline Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Airline schedules and travel plans aren’t set in stone, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which airline apps are making it to easier to update your itinerary, access flight information, and more when you’re away from home. In my travels, I find one of the…