The Mint Effect — Why Transcon Business Fares Are Dropping

One of the reasons I love award travel is that it allows people to experience high-end service they might never be able to afford otherwise. However, some previously astronomical business-class fares are becoming much more reasonably priced. Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman explains why. In 2013, JetBlue hit the major domestic airlines right between the eyes by announcing the launch of…

Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…

Deal Alert: JFK to Santiago Business Class on AA and TAM for $1,035

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…

Which Airline Should I Fly to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me about flying to Hawaii this fall: “@thepointsguy — I’m trying to find flights to Hawaii from Texas in October. Do you have airline recommendations?” Hi Sarah, and thanks for your question. Hawaii is one of the top travel destinations, and for good reason — it’s pretty much amazing all year…

Bonus AAdvantage & Alaska Miles, Delta Deals and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Air France Business Class Transit Passengers Can Stay Free Overnight in Paris If you’re flying business class on Air France and have a stopover in Paris, the airline is offering a complimentary hotel stay along with limousine service to and…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we have a $500 American Airlines gift card in celebration of the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard’s recently increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, as well as American Airline’s cheap fares earlier this week. Additionally, American Airlines recently announced a transpacific partnership with Qantas that will include a new daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles LAX to Sydney starting in…

Amazing Deal Alert: BOS, NYC, PHL to Los Angeles on AA for $149

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…

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…