TPGtv Episode 10: Opulence at 35,000 Feet in Emirates First Class for 90k Miles and $58

Watch TPGtv Season 1 Here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9 This episode was bittersweet — we never thought Alaska Airlines would stealth-devalue those redemptions before it could air. The fact still remains, though, that Emirates as a standalone product is really good. Is it…

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…

Alaska Airlines Allows One-Time Change on Emirates Awards

Last week, Alaska Airlines suddenly raised award redemption prices for Emirates flights booked through its Mileage Plan program. The airline offered no notice but did provide a Q&A with additional information behind the change — including the chance to get a refund on purchased miles. Here’s a look at the changes to first-class awards, effective March 30, 2016:…

A Q&A From Alaska About This Week’s Massive Emirates Devaluation

Yesterday, we shared some pretty devastating news from Alaska Airlines — Emirates partner awards were going up by as much as 100%, with the biggest hit coming to first-class redemptions. While the previous redemption rates were clearly very generous, Alaska seemed happy to take your money (in the form of purchased miles) to book these…

Alaska Increases Emirates Award Redemptions By Up To 100% Overnight!

Yesterday, Alaska began allowing redemptions on Hainan Airlines, adding yet another option for award flights to Asia. At the same time, however, it seems that the Mileage Plan team was planning a massive partner devaluation — that devastating change kicked in overnight. Until today, one of the best uses of Alaska miles was to redeem for first class…

Alaska is Offering PreCheck for 10k Miles: Here’s Why You Should Look Elsewhere

We often write about why you should get TSA PreCheck — the benefits of expedited security at 100-plus airports around the country are hard to deny, after all. If you haven’t yet joined the program, offers like this most recent one from Alaska Airlines may pique your interest. Currently, the carrier will let you redeem…

Exciting New Airline Routes for March 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Assistant Editor Matt Zuzolo shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) could…

Deal Alert: New York to Milan from $497 Round-Trip on Emirates

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 and take advantage…

8 Incredible Islands to Escape the Cold This Winter

While there are still a few weeks to go before spring rolls around, you can beat the system by wintering in these summer locales, island hopping everywhere from Maui to the Maldives. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to eight beautiful spots worth spending some time in this season. The best part: They’re all…