Bonus AA/US Miles & Marriott Points, Double Etihad Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles and 25% Off National Car Rentals You can save up to 25% and earn 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for renting any car for two days or more with National Car Rentals. Make sure to request Contract…

Etihad Guest Offers Complimentary Gold Status Match

Etihad has announced that it will offer complimentary Etihad Guest Gold status to elite travelers enrolled in other airline’s loyalty programs. In order to qualify for the offer, you must hold Gold status or higher on any other airline worldwide. Status match promotions have become family common with the increased competition among airline carriers, and travelers…

Top Airlines to Fly International Economy Class

While many frequent flyers daydream about aspirational premium class awards, there are plenty of international economy options that will get you from A to B happily and at a fraction of the cost. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options. Let’s be honest; we’d all rather be sitting in the front…

Guide to Bidding on Flight Upgrades for Premium Seats

I’m 6’7″, so I have long been a fan of flying business and first class, especially on longer international flights. Even if you don’t have the cash or miles on hand to pay for premium classes outright, you do have other options to get a seat near the front of the boat. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains…

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…

Top 10 Ways to Redeem American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of American Airlines and the AAdvantage program; pound for pound, I think it easily trumps the other domestic legacy carriers. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers some daydream material with a look at some of the best AAdvantage awards redemptions out there. It’s a dynamic time for the American Airlines AAdvantage…

Booking Etihad Award Flights with Guest Rewards and Partners

Often the best way to book an aspirational award flight is with miles from an airline other than the one you want to fly. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains several ways to book such awards on Etihad Airways. Last year Etihad Airways made waves in the frequent flyer world when it announced…

Etihad and Orbitz Make Unwelcome Changes to Mistake-Fare Flights

Turns out that those magically cheap Etihad fares that we shared back in December may not be so magical, after all. I’ve been hearing from readers that although Etihad has agreed to honor these cheap mistake fares, the airline is now making changes to some their itineraries—and not for the better. In case this happens to…

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…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part One

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights even with a relatively small number of miles. Part of what first drew me to The Points Guy and award travel in general…