Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and…

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Economy BKK-HKG

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took a few regional flights within Asia. Here’s how he scored a good-value award on Cathay Pacific, and his review of the service in economy from Bangkok to Hong Kong. One of the loose ends in my big itinerary traveling around the world was how to…

Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds New Transfer Partners

Citi ThankYou Rewards has for a long time been the pipsqueak little brother to the major transferable points programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. Without transfer options, the most you could hope to get from ThankYou points was about 1.25 cents apiece, and that was only for Citi Premier and Citi Prestige…

TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. On July…

Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus (Targeted)

US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on gifts or purchases of Dividend Miles through July 31, 2014, though unlike recent similar promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from US Airways to see if your account is eligible. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles,…

Flying a Round the World Award Using US Airways Miles

TPG special contributor Eric Rosen recently used his US Airways miles to book a round-trip business class award…that instead let him fly round the world. Here’s how he did it. The sweet spots in US Airways’ award chart combined with its lax routing rules make it possible to fly around the world for the same…

Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe,…

First Look at the Snazzy New LAX Oneworld Business Lounge

Los Angeles-based TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne recently had a chance to check out the new Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX… here’s her review! Unveiled just yesterday, the new oneworld International Business Lounge at Los Angeles’ LAX is a real winner. Set on Level 5 of the sparkling Tom Bradley International Terminal (fully renovated as of June 2013) and…

Barclaycard Arrival Plus Adds World Elite Mastercard Benefits

With the recent upgrades to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, cardholders will receive a bevy of new benefits. We researched the ones specific to the World Elite MasterCard (versus the previous World MasterCard) and found a few gems. Read on and see which of the added benefits can add a dash of luxury or convenience to your next trip! Free…

Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted…