American Updates How It Sells Tickets on AA.com

It’s been a while since American Airlines last redesigned its website. However, after big changes to its mileage program and Basic Economy fares reportedly launching this year, the carrier needed to refresh how it sells flights online — and you’ll see the difference the next time you head to AA.com. Overall, the changes look cleaner: The search process and viewing the…

Southwest Adds Same-Day Priority Standby for A-List Members

If you’re a frequent business traveler, you surely know the pain of having a meeting end early and needing to wait hours until your departing flight takes off. Or, maybe you’ve checked out of your hotel, but some rain is cutting short a day of sightseeing. If you’re flying on Southwest, your only option to get on an earlier…

Earn Virgin America Gold Status for Transferring 80k Amex Points

In what might be a new annual tradition, Virgin America is partnering with American Express to offer Virgin American Gold status for transferring Membership Reward points. Now through October 31, 2016, transfer 80,000 Membership Reward points to Virgin America’s Elevate program for Virgin America Gold status and 50,000 Elevate points. Status will be awarded within…

My 5 Travel Essentials: Celebrity Designer Clare Vivier

It was during home-ec class at high school in St. Paul that the stitch itch got celeb designer Clare Vivier. “I loved learning to sew,” said Vivier, who nurtured that affection over the years, even listing ‘bag designer’ as her occupation on her marriage certificate long before she founded her eponymous leather goods line, Clare…

Which Delta Platinum Choice Benefit Should I Select?

TPG reader Jason sent me a message on Facebook to ask about elite benefits: “I recently hit Delta Platinum for the first time, and I wasn’t sure which Choice Benefit to take. Should I go for the $200 voucher or the 20,000 miles?” Choice Benefits are a fairly unique feature of the Delta SkyMiles program….

Review: Air Serbia (A330) Business Class, Round-Trip Between New York and Belgrade

TO THE POINT: Air Serbia recently launched nonstop service from New York to Belgrade with a retrofitted two-cabin aircraft. The pros: wonderful service, a luxurious lounge, and 18 cozy lie-flat seats. The cons: low-quality bedding and pillows, plus a quirky seat that only lets the tray table come up when it’s in the upright position. After…

How Do I Choose the Best Routing to Maximize Elite Miles?

TPG reader Andrew emailed me to ask about routing: “I have the Gold Delta Amex Card, and I’ll be traveling from Los Angeles to London soon. It will likely be one of two big trips I take this year, and I want to maximize the trip in terms of MQMs/MQDs. Would you recommend flying through Detroit, Minneapolis or Atlanta?” With…

Review: An Overnight Stay at the Aloft Panama City, Panama

TO THE POINT: The Aloft Panama is a great base for exploring the Panama Canal and was a nice spot to rest during my epic mileage run. The pros: sleek, stylish rooms with an ultra-modern design and a complimentary SPG platinum upgrade to an Aloft suite. The cons: lousy views of the ocean and a sketchy-looking spot…

One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

Update on Crediting American Airlines Flights to Alaska in 2016

After American Airlines announced changes to the AAdvantage program last year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covered the basics of crediting American Airlines flights to Alaska Airlines instead. But with Alaska instituting new mileage-earning rates for American flights in August, it’s time for an update. Here are the factors you need to consider. It was…