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…

How Can I Book Two Award Seats When Only One Is Available?

TPG Reader Sara sent me this message on Facebook: “I’m trying to book a flight from Chicago to Rome using AAdvantage miles. The direct flight is only available when I search for one passenger, but not for two. If I buy the award flight for myself, will another spot open up?” Italy is a top tourist…

What’s The Best Way To Find AA Awards For Use On US Airways?

This week, TPG reader Monica sent me a Facebook message with a great question: “I’ve read several of your articles about US Airways miles eventually transferring to AA miles. Is that option getting closer? We have US Airways miles that we want to use, but the flights we can afford are on AA. When I called US…