Redeem United Global Premier Upgrades on ANA Flights

One of the most generous perks of United’s Premier 1K (and top-tier status from American and Delta) is the upgrade certificates you’ll receive that let you book a lower cabin and confirm a business or first-class seat long before departure. Of course, just having the upgrade certificates doesn’t guarantee an upgrade, but if you know how…

Deal Alert: US to Southeast Asia from $462 Round-Trip on Star Alliance

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…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

ANA Further Reduces Fuel Surcharges on Award Tickets

Earlier this year, ANA pledged to lower fuel surcharges in response to reduced oil prices, and it began implementing these changes back in March. As TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, things are looking even better now. In March we looked at the level of carrier-imposed surcharges on ANA award tickets. It was interesting…

Join Me as I Film TPGtv in Tokyo and Osaka

Japan is one of my favorite countries — it’s been about 18 months since my last trip, so I’m excited to be heading back this week to work on some exciting new content for TPGtv with my film crew. One of the things I’ve learned from the first season of TPGtv is that we need to share more points and miles…

Using Airline Geography to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

When it comes to airline award charts, not all regions are defined the same. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, airlines have different ways of categorizing a variety of destinations, and knowing the sweet spots can help you score some particularly good redemption values. Is Israel part of Europe, Asia, Africa…

Reduced Fuel Surcharges on ANA Award Tickets

Japanese carrier ANA’s loyalty program is a great option for redemptions, especially for premium award travel, but its fuel surcharges have long limited Mileage Club’s appeal. Fortunately, as TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, those fees are about to get much more manageable. Thanks to new planes, tremendous Japanese service, great food and fantastic…

Exploring Southeast Asia in Business Class — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Top 8 Ways to Fly to Asia in Business Class with Miles

Winter is a great time to visit Asia thanks to milder temperatures, fewer crowds and great fares, not to mention decent award availability. As a follow-up to his post on the Top 5 Ways to Fly to Asia in First Class, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up some of the best business-class cabins you…

Team TPG’s Favorite Business- and First-Class Amenity Kits

Team TPG has gotten together to come up with our favorite amenity kits while in business and first class. Today, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt breaks down what the team came up with as our favorite amenity kits and what makes each of them worthy of a spot on this list. One of the great perks about flying business or…