How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Can Alaska Compete with Delta for the Seattle Market?

TPG reader Dale sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “When can we expect Alaska to make a bold move to slow down Delta’s efforts here in Seattle market ? So far, they have not lit the fire!”  I love to watch airlines duke it out for control. With so many mergers these days, it’s…

Bonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, the planes feature new leather seats with six-way adjustable headrests. My favorite new addition is personal power outlets at…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about…

Alaska Airlines Announces New 2015 Mileage Plan Program

Following Delta’s Increased Medallion Qualifying Dollars announcement and United Devaluing MileagePlus Premier Program, Alaska Airlines decided that they would revamp their 2015 Mileage Plan program as well. Similar to Delta and United, Alaska Airlines is trying to target business travelers, who they feel spend the most by offering increased mileage bonuses on full economy and first…