Airlines Waive Fees in Wake of Brussels Attacks

Following Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, the US Department of State has issued a Europe Travel Alert to all US travelers, outlining the risks associated with visiting the continent as well as ways to stay safe abroad. The somewhat broad warning for travelers expires on June 20 and advises that all travelers take precautions when traveling in Europe. You can…

Lufthansa Strike Scheduled to Begin Today

Lufthansa cabin crew are scheduled begin a strike today that will ground Lufthansa planes for up to one week. TPG Contributor JT Genter reports on the details of the strike, how you might be affected and what you can do to minimize the damage to your travel plans. Update: According to Reuters, Lufthansa had already canceled…

Book Brussels Airlines Award Flights on United’s Website

Doing its part to keep the award travel game interesting (or incredibly frustrating, depending on your perspective), United has a tendency to add and remove partners from its website. Last year, the airline deliberately began blocking Singapore award space on United.com, forcing MileagePlus members to call in to book. In addition, LOT was unavailable (though it has…

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…

Guide to Bidding on Flight Upgrades for Premium Seats

I’m 6’7″, so I have long been a fan of flying business and first class, especially on longer international flights. Even if you don’t have the cash or miles on hand to pay for premium classes outright, you do have other options to get a seat near the front of the boat. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains…

Deal Alert: Europe Business Class Fares For $1,100

Business class fares to Europe tend to run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on the season and destination. But per this FlyerTalk thread, some intrepid travelers have uncovered fares as low as $1,100 roundtrip on Star Alliance airlines throughout the next year. There are two catches, though. The first is that the fares are only being…

Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

Israel is a popular destination for American tourists as well as VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travelers. It’s also a fairly complicated award trip to book, as the award charts of different airlines place Israel in different regions. Since the most valuable points are those earned in flexible transfer programs, we thought it would be…