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:…

Hawaiian Airlines is Installing Lie-Flat Seats on its Airbus A330s

Back in 2014, TPG traveled from Sydney to Honolulu in Hawaiian Airlines business class, and he was less than impressed. The flight was on an Airbus A330-200 with 18 business-class recliner seats in a 2-2-2 configuration — hardly an ideal setup for a 10-hour trip! But according to an announcement from yesterday’s Hawaiian Airlines media day,…

Flight Review: United 767-400ER First Class — Honolulu to Newark

TPG Assistant Editor Matthew Zuzolo recently visited Hawaii as part of TPG’s summer intern trip to Maui. On his outbound flight, he flew United’s Economy Plus product from New York-JFK to Los Angeles (LAX) followed by a connection to Maui (OGG) on the carrier’s 737-800 in economy. For his return, he moved toward the nose of United’s 767-400 to fly in the carrier’s…

Flight Review: Hawaiian A330-200 in Economy — LAX to Maui

En route to the Hawaiian island of Maui (OGG), TPG Intern Mark Kellman flew JetBlue’s Even More Space (premium economy) from JFK-LAX, but because JetBlue doesn’t fly to Hawaii, he flew from LAX-OGG on JetBlue code-share partner Hawaiian Airlines. Here’s his review of the transpacific standard-economy experience aboard Hawaiian’s A330-200, the largest aircraft flown by any carrier on this route. Booking the Flight I…

Flight Review: JetBlue A321 in Even More Space — JFK-LAX

The JetBlue cards from Barclaycard are now available. Earn 30,000 points after $1,000 spent in the first 90 days with The JetBlue Plus Card ($99 annual fee) or 10,000 points after $1,000 spent on purchases in the fist 90 days with The JetBlue Card ($0 annual fee). Get more information here. As part of TPG’s…

Take Advantage of the Strong Dollar to Visit New Zealand

With the US dollar dominating overseas, you may be considering an international trip. US travelers seemed to flock to Europe this summer thanks to a historically good currency exchange rate against the euro, but that’s far from the only currency the US dollar is doing well against. So today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes…

Take Advantage of the Strong Dollar to Travel to Australia

The US dollar continues to do well on the international currency market, and while that seems to have sent American travelers to Europe in droves this summer, the Old World isn’t the only place where you can make out better than a currency trader with an inside source at the IMF. TPG Special Contributor Eric…

Deal Alert: East Coast and more to Hawaii from $488

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…

American Further Devalues AAdvantage Awards Routed via Hawaii

Although American’s award redemption amounts are quite reasonable compared with Delta and United’s, the airline isn’t known for its generous routing rules. Earlier this year, American announced that it would no longer offer award tickets between the US mainland and Hawaii on Hawaiian airlines, but in its latest changes to multi-region award travel, flyers will now…