The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

There are few things worse than watching your frequent flyer miles vanish in an instant. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig outlines one great option for extending the life of your miles with only a minute or two of work. With only a few exceptions, including Delta and JetBlue, frequent flyer miles are set to expire…

Long Hold Times? Try Using Twitter

If you don’t have time to wait on hold, consider contacting your airline via social media. TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the top airline accounts to see which carrier can best handle your request. Nobody likes waiting on the phone, and these days, it seems that any time you need to call an airline, you’ll…

JetBlue Offers 90-Day Mosaic Status Challenge with Bonus

Airline status challenges can offer great shortcuts to earning elite benefits with a new airline, giving you the opportunity to enjoy premium service without the standard flight or revenue requirements. JetBlue is now offering TrueBlue members (even brand new ones) a a status challenge to earn its Mosaic elite status more quickly. You can register for the Mosaic Challenge…

Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) If you can get a couple months…

JetBlue Offering 50% Bonus for Buying TrueBlue Points

Now through September 17, 2015, JetBlue is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased TrueBlue points. Unlike the last JetBlue points bonus from April, this one is not tiered. Points purchases from 1,000-2,500 points will not earn a bonus, while purchases of 3,000-30,000 points will earn a flat 50% bonus. TrueBlue points normally cost between 2.75-3.5…

Your Survival Guide to 8 Low-Cost Carriers

Like many purchases, airfare is frequently a trade-off between cost and comfort. Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman offers some tips for those who prefer to save on flights and spend their travel dollars elsewhere. Meet Adam West. No, not the former Batman, but this guy too is a sort of legend, also has an alter-ego and could even be called a certain…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Free Marriott Points, United Club Access Changes & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Buy Your Way into Air France’s La Première Lounge Air France is opening up its First Class Lounge privileges in Paris (CDG) for passengers on long-haul flights with an Air France business class ticket. Here’s what you’ll have to…

U.S. News and World Report Releases Rewards Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual award program rankings. Today, TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the results. U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of travel rewards programs today. Each year, USNWR ranks both airline and hotel rewards programs — and while you might not want to give these ratings too…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…