Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

Does Alliance Elite Status Give Me Status with Each Airline?

TPG reader Creighton sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline elite benefits: “I have Cathay Pacific Silver status, which earns me Oneworld Ruby status. Since AAdvantage Gold also corresponds to Oneworld Ruby, can I use my Cathay Pacific status to get AAdvantage Gold?” Airline alliances can help you maximize travel by giving you access to rewards across a…

Inside Cathay’s New A350, a 60K Citi AAdvantage Offer, Monthly Valuations, and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid…

Inside Cathay Pacific’s Brand New Airbus A350

This week, Cathay Pacific took delivery of its very first A350. The airline is perhaps best known for its fantastic first-class product — which unfortunately isn’t available on this latest addition to the fleet. Still, Airbus’ answer to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner arguably offers one of the most comfortable rides in the sky — seat configurations are typically…

Review: Cathay Pacific A330-300 Economy — Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur

On their last outbound leg to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL), TPG Contributors JT and Katie Genter flew in economy on Cathay Pacific’s A330-300. Would the experience be as good as their first time on Cathay Pacific? (All photos are by the author.) For the second year in a row, we booked a trip to flee the country…

8 Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Meal on the Plane

After logging nearly 200,000 flight miles last year, TPG Contributor Amber Gibson, who also writes about food for Saveur, Plate, Departures, Hemispheres and American Way, shares some of her tips for navigating the treacherous world of airline food. Follow her adventures on Instagram. (All photos by the author). 1. BYO Tea Bag If you are a tea drinker, always have a…

Airbus A350 Update: Which Airlines Are Flying Which Routes

Since Qatar Airways became the launch customer of Airbus’s next-generation A350 at the end of 2014, several other airlines have taken delivery of the jet. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen gives us a status update on orders and deliveries of the new aircraft — and how you can get aboard. Meant to compete with…

AAdvantage Now Lets You Route to India and Maldives via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific

Update: American Airlines has now separated the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent regions on its award chart. Both awards are still pricing at the same levels — from the US, you’ll redeem 40,000 AAdvantage miles each way for economy, 70,000 for business class and 115,000 for first class when traveling to the following countries: Great news for…

Top 10 International Airport Lounges And How To Access Them

Being able to access an airport lounge while traveling means free snacks, drinks and Wi-Fi, but these over-the-top international lounges also offer guests amenities like spa treatments, wine tastings and more. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at some of the best airport lounges around the world and how you can get…

6 Alaska Awards That Still Make Sense to Book

Long some of the most appealing uses of Alaska miles, Emirates awards are now much more expensive. To help you prioritize Mileage Plan redemptions in light of this change, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert runs through other partner itineraries that continue to offer a great value. There’s no shortage of news on the…