AA Award Increase, Hilton China Sale, 10k KrisFlyer Miles

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American AAdvantage Increasing Award Costs for Peak Travel Dates American Airlines has decided to raise the number of miles needed for standard award tickets on four of the busiest days of the year. The exact dates haven’t been announced, but…

Inflight Wi-Fi Provider Gogo Raises Subscription Prices

In-flight Wi-Fi is a blessing and a curse for many travelers, and I know as well as anyone that there’s nothing more frustrating than paying for a flight with Wi-Fi only to find out that the service sucks (or doesn’t work at all!). On top of general unreliability and sluggishness, single-use and subscription fees to access services like Gogo can be…

Should I Keep My Monthly Gogo Wi-Fi Plan or Pay Per Use?

TPG reader Robert tweeted me to ask about strategies for buying in-flight Wi-Fi: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Delta Platinum member and love in-flight Wi-Fi; however it seems like Gogo is constantly raising the price of its monthly plans, and now mine is $49 a month (only for Delta). Do you think it’s now better to pay per use…

Are Airlines Liable When WiFi Doesn’t Work During Flights?

TPG reader Ben tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Is United liable for its WiFi not working when it was promised on the flight?” As someone who travels frequently, I know how annoying it can be to board a flight that you think has WiFi, only to discover once you’re in the air that the connection doesn’t work. I’ve experienced this many times,…

How to Stay Connected While Traveling: Phones, WiFi, & More

For better or worse, it’s getting easier and easier to plug in everywhere you go. Whether you need to stay connected for business or just want to stay in contact with loved ones, you’ve got options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains just what those options are. We live in a digitally connected…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

Gogo WiFi Passes for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

Back in December of 2014 I wrote about an announcement from American Express that Amex Business Platinum cardholders would receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually starting in 2015. These passes, which are now available, can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the flight length and whether it’s domestic or international. This is in addition to the…

Gogo WiFi Benefit for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

Six months after announcing that Platinum Card members will receive complimentary, unlimited WiFi access from Boingo Wireless, American Express OPEN has announced that in 2015 (on a not yet specified date), Amex Business Platinum cardholders will receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually. These passes can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of…

GoGo WiFi Offering Free Texting for T-Mobile Customers

Gogo WiFi and T-Mobile have partnered up to offer T-Mobile customers free text messaging on Gogo WiFi equipped planes starting next Wednesday,  September 17th. This means T-Mobile customers will be able to send and receive text messaged aboard over 2,000 commercial aircraft including those from Delta, American, United, US Airways, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Here’s what…

Delta to Offer Free Entertainment on Domestic Flights

America’s number 3 airline is making a ratings grab. Starting this Friday, August 1, Delta Airlines will roll out Delta Studio, the carrier’s own branding of a Gogo wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system called Gogo Vision, and will begin offering free access to movies, TV shows, music and video games on all of its domestic flights that last 90 minutes or more. Delta passengers can access…