Credit Cards That Get You Elite-Like Airline Benefits

Maybe you failed to qualify for your airline’s elite status this year? Or perhaps you occasionally need to travel on carriers that you don’t hold elite status with? Don’t worry; TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele is here to show you how the right credit card can offer you many of the same benefits that come along elite…

E-Cigarette Causes Fire on Hawaiian Airlines Flight

Update: Initial reports stated that smoke had reached the cockpit of the aircraft. However, an airline employee confirmed that the smoke was contained to the cargo compartment. If the FAA (or an airline employee) tells you not to do something, you should probably listen up. Earlier this week, Hawaiian Airlines flight 226 from Honolulu (HNL) to Kahului…

Deal Alert: SFO to Maui from $296 Round-Trip on Hawaiian and United

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…

The Safest Airlines in the World for 2016

Every year, AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety- and product-rating website, announces its safest airlines and low-cost carriers from the 407 total airlines it monitors. For the past two years, Qantas came out on top for the site’s world’s safest airline award, and this year was no different. In today’s announcement, AirlineRatings.com awarded the Australian carrier as…

Exciting New Airline Routes for December 2015 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…

Get a 25% Bonus When You Transfer Amex Points to Hawaiian

American Express is currently offering a new transfer bonus for Membership Rewards. Now through December 21, if you have a card like the Amex Premier Rewards Gold or Amex Platinum that earns Membership Rewards, you’ll be able to transfer points to Hawaiian Airlines with a 25% bonus. Throughout the year, Amex has offered some other perks…

Credit Cards That Get You Free Checked Baggage

Checking a bag doesn’t have to cost you. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, there are plenty of credit card options (for a variety of airlines) that entitle you — and even your travel companions — to one free checked bag. Most US airlines introduced checked bag fees in 2008, supposedly as…

Who REALLY Has the Best Airline Food?

Welcome to Fly&Dine on TPG, a monthly column that explores the intersection of food and travel with the help of TPG Contributor (and expert food writer) Jason Kessler of Fly&Dine, the best online source for dining while you fly. Today, Jason looks at all the various rankings of airlines with best in-flight meals, and brings…

Should I Pay to Reclaim Expired Frequent Flyer Miles?

TPG reader Ginger sent a message on Facebook to ask about reclaiming expired miles: “I accidentally let about 24,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles expire. Customer service said I would need to purchase those miles back at a rate of $75 per 2,000 miles, but they then reduced it to $30 per 1,000 miles since I’m a long-time customer. I don’t…

3x Miles, AA’s New Dining Room, Starwood Award Guide & 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:…