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…

Win an Alaska Airlines Flight, Trips to London & Napa

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning a flight on Alaska Airlines plus snowboard gear, a trip down Route 66 in Oklahoma, a vacation to find your ancestral roots (including a side trip to Hollywood), a vacation in London or a wine getaway to Napa, California. Win an…

Changes to Delta / Alaska Partnership Starting April 1st

Earlier this week, Delta announced some changes to the SkyMiles program, including the introduction of one-way awards for 10,000 miles on select routes, and the ability to earn Medallion Qualifying Dollars on partner airlines. One negative change included in this announcement pertains to earning Medallion Qualifying Dollars while flying Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines was previously a Group 1 partner airline with…