My Thoughts on the Pending Amex/ JetBlue Breakup

This past weekend credible sources started to report that American Express is about to lose one of its long term co-branded partners: JetBlue. This came on the heels of American Express announcing that it will part ways with Costco, which has been a huge retail partner for years. While the loss of JetBlue won’t be as impactful from…

JetBlue and American Express Reportedly Cutting Ties

Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale looks at the reported end of the relationship between JetBlue and Amex, and the future of JetBlue’s co-branded credit card. It was recently announced that Costco and American Express will end their partnership next year (a relationship that equates to roughly 8% of total annual spending on Amex cards) and on the heels…

Winter Storm Juno: Travel Advisories by Airline

With massive Winter Storm Juno bearing down on the East Coast, I wanted to provide you with a handy consolidated resource of the current travel advisories and flight change/refund policies of the major airlines so that you don’t get stranded this week. If you have upcoming travel anywhere in the affected zone (from Downeast Maine to the Jersey shore,…

Amazing Deal Alert: New York- Los Angeles $32 One-Way

JetBlue is having some AMAZING fares right now from New York City to 32 of their destinations with flights for just $32. You can head from New York (JFK) to several destinations including Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Nassau, Bahamas; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos to name a…

Double TrueBlue Points, Starwood Asia Pacific Sale & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Emirates Blocks Upgrades on the Cheapest Fare Class Emirates is changing their rules regarding upgrades on February 1, 2015. Emirates flyers with fares categorized as Business Special and Economy Special will no longer be able to upgrade their tickets….

The World’s Safest Major and Low-Cost Airlines for 2015

As frequent travelers yourselves, I hope you’ll be relieved to know that aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the 10 safest major airlines in the world, and for the first time, have also determined the 10 safest low-cost airlines in the world. For the second year in a row, Australian carrier Qantas has nabbed number one…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

With news earlier this week that Delta would be revamping its Economy Comfort seats into the new Comfort+, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the current premium economy products available on domestic flights. Earlier this week, Delta announced that it would be rebranding its Economy Comfort seats as Comfort+…

Deal Alert: $19 Fares on JetBlue to Cleveland

JetBlue Airways announced that they would begin launching twice daily service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 30, 2015 onboard their Embraer 190 aircraft.  To celebrate, they’re offering a limited number of $19 fares for flights from between April 30 and June 18, 2015, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for purchase…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about…