Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for the Rest of 2015

Elite airline status provides a lot of great perks, but earning it takes determination. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2015! With just six months left to (re)qualify for elite status,…

Do Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Get Free TSA PreCheck?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask about TSA PreCheck: @thepointsguy – “Do Delta Reserve Amex holders get free TSA PreCheck? I’ve been selected twice and I never signed up.” Happy Sunday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from steamy Madrid. It’s over 100 degrees here, but I won’t let the heat stop me from enjoying one of…

Deal Alert: New York and Chicago to Helsinki from $483

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…

Deal Alert: AA and Delta to Mexico City from $228

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…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

Which Airlines Offer the Best Million Miler Status Benefits?

TPG reader Sasha tweeted me to ask about elite status: @thepointsguy – “What airlines offer the best million miler elite status benefits?” To reward long-term loyalty, some airlines offer special lifetime benefits for customers who reach a cumulative total of one million miles flown. My pick for the best million miler elite status would be United, and you…

Bonus AA Miles, Triple HHonors Points, New Airline Service

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles with Fairmont This summer, you can earn double AAdvantage miles when you book one of the Fairmont F-scapes North American vacation packages for stays now through September 20, 2015. Here’s a list of all the…

DOJ Investigating Alleged Airline Collusion

Anyone who’s tried to book a domestic ticket within the United States in the last few years knows that there are only a few major airlines that command the majority of domestic routes. According to the Washington Post, the four major US carriers — American, Delta, Southwest and United — control 80 percent of seat capacity…

TPG Talks JetBlue, Airline Fees and More on ABC News

This week, JetBlue announced that it would be adding baggage fees for checked luggage. Travelers can expect to shell out $20 for bags paid for online, and $25 for bags paid for at the airport ticket counter. The new fees are a part of JetBlue’s three-tier pricing system, which provides one or two bags with each ticket (as well as…