Review: JAL Sky Suite 787 Business Class — Tokyo to New York

On his way back from a three-month study abroad adventure in China, TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel tested out JAL’s new Sky Suite 787 onboard the Dreamliner, which he booked with 60,000 American AAdvantage miles. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author). Nonstop routes between Asia and New York have some of the most coveted seats in premium…

Review: JAL 777-300ER Economy — Tokyo to Chicago

TPG Contributor Katie Genter recently flew an open-jaw itinerary from Austin (AUS) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) with a return trip from Jakarta (CGK). Her return from Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) was on a Japan Airlines 777-300ER. Read on for her impressions of JAL’s economy-class experience. (All photos are by the author.) Although JAL didn’t make…

Review: Japan Airlines 737-800 Business Class — Tokyo to Shanghai

Jetting to and from Japan from northeast Asia? TPG Special Correspondent John Walton says Konnichiwa to Japan Airlines’ business-class product and suggests you consider spending Avios to book this flight. (All photos are by the author). Japan is usually a big bucket list item for many travelers, but with more US carriers starting to use smaller planes for…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

Alaska Mileage Plan Members Will Soon be Able to Earn and Redeem Miles on JAL

Update: Alaska published the earning rates for JAL flights. Note that the base miles and premium-cabin bonus miles will count toward Alaska elite status: Earnings are nearly identical to what you’ll get with American Airlines: While Alaska Mileage Plan isn’t quite as rewarding as it once was, following the recent (and sudden) devaluation of Emirates business and…

Top 8 Ways to Fly to Asia in Business Class with Miles

Winter is a great time to visit Asia thanks to milder temperatures, fewer crowds and great fares, not to mention decent award availability. As a follow-up to his post on the Top 5 Ways to Fly to Asia in First Class, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up some of the best business-class cabins you…

11 Tips for Flight Sales, Mistake Fares and Maximizing Free Hotel Nights

TPG Contributor Mitch Berman offers 11 tips that allowed his family to work around 2015’s school-break times to put together mistake fares, deep discounts and credit card sign-ups into six international trips to eleven countries (and five more transcontinental trips). Visit Mitch and his son Kofi’s photo blog here. 2015 was a great travel year for my family and me,…

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…

Review: JAL 777-300ER Business Class – Tokyo to New York

At the end of last month’s 10-day trip to Asia, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew home in Japan Airlines’ new 777-300ER business-class Sky Suite, which he booked using 50,000 American AAdvantage miles. After a fantastic three-day stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, I was bummed to be leaving Japan, but perhaps just as excited to be flying…

10 Dreamliner Routes I Really Want to Fly

The Boeing Dreamliner first launched in 2011 when it began operating domestic flights for ANA. Since then, dozens of airlines have introduced 787s of their own, with interiors ranging from uber-posh on Qatar to shockingly dated on JAL (though a refreshed cabin is coming soon). Since no two Dreamliners are exactly alike, naturally I want to…