How to Upgrade with Miles on AA, Delta, United and Alaska

Even if you don’t have enough miles to cover a premium award ticket outright, you may be able to access first and business class through other means. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at alternative options for using miles to sit up front on several domestic carriers. We all want to get more for less. That’s often my…

Alaska Airlines and Hainan Airlines Partner Up

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the best frequent flyer programs out there, thanks to great award routing rules that allow a stopover even on a one-way ticket, and generally favorable award charts. Most of all, while Alaska Airlines is not part of any alliance, it does have a few great partners that you can…

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…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for the Rest of 2015

Elite airline status provides a lot of great perks, but earning it takes determination. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2015! With just six months left to (re)qualify for elite status,…

What is Alaska Airlines MVP Elite Status Worth?

As we enter the second half of 2015, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. At the end…

Fly to Vancouver for the Women’s World Cup Finals This Weekend

*Update: Hotels in Vancouver appear to be full, so continue to check back if you still need a place to stay* After a great win against Germany, the women’s USA soccer team has made it into FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. Don’t miss your chance to watch as USA fights for the title as 2015…

Top 5 Ways to Fly to Europe in First Class

While many airlines are reducing the number of first-class seats in their fleets or even doing away with them altogether, there are still several truly fabulous options to fly to Europe in first class. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen discusses the top five, and how you can book each with points or miles. TPG recently…

Delta Continues Quest for World (Seattle) Domination

The battle for Seattle continues: This week Delta announced that it will offer daily, year-round service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA-TAC) to four new cities — Boston (BOS), Orlando (MCO), Pasco, Washington (PSC), and (subject to government approval) Victoria, British Columbia (YYJ). The new routes will launch on a rolling schedule, with the first (Pasco) starting in…

Alaska Airlines Now Charging for Premium Seats

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines announced the launch of a new Preferred Plus seating option. Set in bulkhead and exit rows, these seats, which were previously available only to elite members, can now be purchased at the 24-hour check-in window, starting at $15 plus tax. Here’s what Alaska has to say about these new seats: Upgrades for rows 6, 16…

Donate to Nepal, New Alaska Routes, 7k JetBlue Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar to Launch in Fort Lauderdale, FL Silvercar — the car rental company that exclusively offers premium Audi A4 rentals — is launching in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area starting on May 15, 2015. Users can now reserve their Fort Lauderdale Silvercars via the app…