Best First Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

Your reasons for choosing a first class ticket may come down to legroom, luggage allowances, or simply more personal space. But since airlines all over the world are handing out increasingly swanky amenity kits to their first class passengers, it’s a good thing that new TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel has taken a peek at many of…

Delta Air Lines Pulls SkyMiles Award Charts from Website

In a move that’s sure to be unpopular among award travelers, Delta Air Lines has pulled SkyMiles award charts and upgrade charts from the Delta.com website. Previously, Delta published fairly clear charts indicating how many miles you’d need to fly from one region to another at various redemption levels and in different fare classes. Now, links to Delta…

2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted) Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on flights booked on Southwest Airlines by February 1, 2015 and completed by February 28,…

Delta Captain Locked Out of Cockpit Just Before Landing

In an awkward (and potentially scary) turn of events yesterday afternoon, Delta’s Flight 1651 ended its 2.5-hour journey from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Las Vegas (LAS) with an emergency landing at the latter airport—because the aircraft’s captain had been locked out of the cockpit. Just prior to the final landing approach, the unidentified captain had left the cockpit in order…

Winter Storm Juno: Travel Advisories by Airline

With massive Winter Storm Juno bearing down on the East Coast, I wanted to provide you with a handy consolidated resource of the current travel advisories and flight change/refund policies of the major airlines so that you don’t get stranded this week. If you have upcoming travel anywhere in the affected zone (from Downeast Maine to the Jersey shore,…

5 Award Flights that Don’t Exist at Saver Level

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele calls out several routes where low-level awards are scarce, if they’re available at all. Have you ever felt like airline…

Flight Review: Delta Transcontinental JFK-LAX BusinessElite

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines recently flew from New York’s JFK to Los Angeles on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite—after he was able to confirm upgrade space and use 12,500 miles to upgrade. Here are his thoughts about his flight. Back in December, I decided to leave chilly New York City and head to Los Angeles to visit…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January 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?” That question 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—both…

Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…