Where to Sit on JAL Flights to Catch a Glimpse of Mt. Fuji

How many times have you stared out your window on a flight, hoping to catch a glimpse of the scenery below, only to realize you’re sitting on the wrong side of the plane? Whether it’s a Hawaiian beach upon approach or a view of the northern lights you’re missing, it can be a real bummer….

Booking American Airlines Awards with Partner Programs

Especially after American’s recent award chart devaluation, it could be worth looking to other frequent flyer programs when you want to book free flights on AA metal. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr evaluates all your options. You can book stopovers and an open jaw when flying American Airlines on an award…

10 of the Weirdest Ways to Redeem Points and Miles

Most of us collect travel rewards to earn free flights or a luxurious award stay at a hotel, but there are plenty of other options out there. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr outlines several strange ways to cash in your account balances. Flying on an award ticket or staying in a…

Review: JAL (787-8) Economy from Tokyo to Dallas

TO THE POINT: Japan Airlines’ “New Spacious Economy” seat is an unbeatable option on flights to Tokyo. The pros: wide, comfortable seats and high-quality JAL service. The cons: every other long-haul economy seat out there isn’t like this one. TPG Contributor Katie Genter recently flew round-trip from Houston (IAH) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL). Her return from…

Top Credit Card Offers, July Valuations, Business Class Awards on Singapore’s New Nonstop and 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:…

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 2: Alaska is offering double redeemable miles on select JAL flights between the West Coast (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, or Vancouver) and Japan between July 7 and September 30, 2016. Double miles will be awarded for tickets issued in the following fare classes: A, F, C, D, J, I, X, E, W, B, H, K,…