The Mint Effect — Why Transcon Business Fares Are Dropping

One of the reasons I love award travel is that it allows people to experience high-end service they might never be able to afford otherwise. However, some previously astronomical business-class fares are becoming much more reasonably priced. Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman explains why. In 2013, JetBlue hit the major domestic airlines right between the eyes by announcing the launch of…

JFK’s Historic TWA Flight Center Will Become a 500-Room Hotel

The historic TWA Flight Center, housed in New York City’s JFK Airport, will soon be put to use for the first time in 14 years. Built in 1962, the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal ended operations in 2001. In 2005 the terminal began its transformation into JetBlue’s Terminal 5, but this portion of the project was never completed. Yesterday NY governor Cuomo announced…

Exciting New Airline Routes for July 2015 and Beyond

The TPG team shares news of exciting new airline routes each month, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JULY 2015 New York (JFK) – Havana (HAV) on JetBlue (launched July 3,…

Bonus Hyatt Passport Points, Free United Miles and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 5,000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in Africa If you’re planning a trip to Africa, Hyatt is offering 5,000 bonus points for a two-night stay at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar; the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro in Tanzania;…

Comparing Transcon Award Availability in Premium Cabins

The best awards are sometimes (but not always) the hardest to find. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines availability for some of the most sought after domestic seats to see which airlines come through for award travelers in premium cabins. On May 2, 1923, two US Air Service lieutenants took off in a Fokker T-2 from Roosevelt Field on Long…

JFK Airport to Build $48 Million Pet Terminal

New York-JFK recently unveiled JetBlue’s new T5 Rooftop, a green space available to all passengers and their pets — but this is apparently only the beginning for our four-legged friends at the busiest international gateway in the US. In 2016, the airport will be adding a new luxury terminal called The ARK, which will be able to accommodate the…

JetBlue Opens Post-Security Rooftop Space at JFK

JetBlue unveiled the new T5 Rooftop and the first post-security outdoor space available to all passengers at JFK Airport yesterday. The new family- and pet-friendly green space is located at Terminal 5, and features picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline and the Eero Saarinen TWA Terminal. The rooftop has free Wi-Fi, space for dog walking and even…

TPG Talks JetBlue, Airline Fees and More on ABC News

This week, JetBlue announced that it would be adding baggage fees for checked luggage. Travelers can expect to shell out $20 for bags paid for online, and $25 for bags paid for at the airport ticket counter. The new fees are a part of JetBlue’s three-tier pricing system, which provides one or two bags with each ticket (as well as…

The Gay-Friendliest Airlines in the Skies

In recent years, many airlines have woken up to the truth that our gay brothers and sisters are here, they’re queer and they love to travel. As we wrap up National LGBT Pride Month — and celebrate SCOTUS’ momentous ruling for gay marriage —I’m taking an in-depth look at which airlines are showing their true rainbow colors. While…