TPGtv, Year-End Award Stats, a New Way to Redeem SkyMiles & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

How to Use ExpertFlyer to Search for Star Alliance Awards

Award-travel site ExpertFlyer can be an invaluable tool in searching for and booking flights. Now that it once again displays award inventory for United and all other Star Alliance carriers, the service is more useful than ever. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you how to make the most of Star Alliance…

Delta Low-Level Award Inventory Now on ExpertFlyer

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how ExpertFlyer can help you find award availability through its alert capabilities. In it, I lamented the fact that Delta forced the site to remove all data last fall. However, I am excited to share that some Delta functionality has been restored: as of today, you…

How ExpertFlyer Alerts Can Help You Find Award Availability

Points and miles can help you get where you want to go, but if you study the art of searching for award availability, they’ll get you there much faster and much cheaper. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how to use one of the most powerful tools in the frequent flyer arsenal. Booking award travel can…

Aer Lingus Business Class Awards to Europe This Summer

With the summer travel season fast approaching, many folks are starting to think about their travel plans, especially to Europe. Unfortunately, many airlines black out awards to Europe during the summer months, especially July and August and especially premium cabins. Per One Mile at a Time, one airline appears to be bucking the trend for…

What’s the Best Way to Search Airline Award Availability?

TPG reader @TheBroadwayBoys tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy—”hey TPG, is there a search engine for miles and points, like Kayak for awards?  If not, you should add that to your app!” There are a lot of things in this world that I would love, like world peace, or for Delta to stop devaluing the SkyMiles…

10 Online Tools Every Award Traveler Should Bookmark

Booking travel (and award travel in particular) can be complicated. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available online to make things easier. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his list of the best web tools to help you plan your next adventure. What distinguishes the average travelers from the true experts? It’s not just what they…

ExpertFlyer Adds US Airways Awards and Upgrades

Last week we wrote about how Delta forced ExpertFlyer to remove all availability and how it was such a customer unfriendly move on Delta’s part. Well, American Airlines must have taken note, since they announced today that ExpertFlyer now supports full US Airways flight availability for both awards and upgrades. ExpertFlyer posted the following on Flyertalk: As part of our…

Why Elite Upgrades Are Harder to Get & How To Work Around It

Earlier today, the New York Times published an article by Billy Witz titled, “Flight Upgrades Much Harder to Secure, Even for Elite Travelers,” in which I was quoted. As I point out, airline upgrades are behaving much like the rest of the economy where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,…

Delta Forces ExpertFlyer to Remove All Availability

When it comes to searching for flight availability and setting alerts for award seats, I usually turn to ExpertFlyer. Their flight availability tool shows you the availability of certain paid fare classes and gauges your chances at getting upgrades, same day confirmed changes, and standbys if you’re an elite frequent flyer. If delays or cancellations occur, you can also…