Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

Best Airlines to Fly International Premium Economy

Many travelers aspire to the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of a first class international flight. While premium economy doesn’t have the same wow factor, it can still provide a great experience. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options for flying premium economy internationally. Earlier this month, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looked…

Top International First Class Seats You Can Book with Points

Though many think the golden age of air travel is behind us, I think the skies are looking more luxurious than ever thanks to some amazing new first class products from airlines all over the world. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best, along with strategies for finding award space…

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at North American Airports

With news earlier this week that Royal Jordanian would begin operating its 787 Dreamliners from Amman to Montreal and Detroit, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at which North American airports are currently being served by Boeing’s next-generation aircraft, and by which airlines. Note: The information here is current as of publication, but airline…

Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options…

Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit…

Where Should I Bank Miles from Flying Emirates Airlines?

‪This week I got a tweet from TPG reader Mark asking about what he should do with miles earned on Emirates Airlines: “@thepointsguy I have a trip on Emirates to Asia. What airline should I assign points to, as I doubt I will fly on Emirates again soon?” Mark is headed to the Middle East on…