Booking Delta Awards Using Partner Programs

If you’re looking to book an award flight on Delta, it could be worth going through a partner program that offers cheaper redemption rates than you’ll find with SkyMiles. Delta Airlines partners with 26 separate airlines, most of which are also members of the SkyTeam alliance. Many of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many…

How to Search for SkyTeam Award Availability

We get a lot of readers asking about the best strategies for searching for airline awards. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a guide of helpful hints for finding awards on SkyTeam carriers, including the websites to use, tips for finding routes or carriers with better award availability and more….

Deal Alert: Flights to Bangkok from $600

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…

6x AA Miles with Hertz, 5,000 Club Carlson Points Per Night

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 5,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points for Radisson Nights Club Carlson members can get 5,000 bonus Gold Points each night at select Radisson hotels throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. You must book the Summer5K rate and use the…

Delta Adds Blackout Dates To Partner Award Redemptions

Booking awards using frequent-flyer miles is tricky under the best of circumstances. You have to look at availability over a range of dates, familiarize yourself with the routes of an airline and its partners, and generally employ a fair amount of strategy in order to hone in on the award you want. While award availability…

Follow My Whirlwind Trip to Seoul and China

Well, it looks like I’m on the road again—and I want to invite my awesome TPG readers to follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! The first stop of my trip was São Paulo, Brazil for Amfar’s Inspiration Gala São Paulo. I’ve been before, and it’s an incredible party for an amazing cause. My flight there was…

Book China Southern and China Eastern Awards On Delta.com

One of the major changes that Delta announced last year as it revamped its SkyMiles and Medallion programs is that its award routing rules would change in 2015. Delta has eliminated stopovers and open-jaws on awards, which is a big negative. On the plus side, though, the airline has finally instituted one-way awards, and it…

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about…

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at North American Airports

With news earlier this week that Royal Jordanian would begin operating its 787 Dreamliners from Amman to Montreal and Detroit, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at which North American airports are currently being served by Boeing’s next-generation aircraft, and by which airlines. Note: The information here is current as of publication, but airline…

SkyTeam Launches Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass

Hot on the heels of Jason Steele’s recent post about air travel passes, SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass provides what appears to be a modest cost savings on multi-stop flight itineraries aboard SkyTeam member airlines serving 26 participating countries…