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…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 Economy, Beijing to Frankfurt

Over the last decade, TPG Contributor JT Genter has flown economy on 20 different carriers. As part of a multi-leg, round-the-world itinerary, he recently checked out the upstairs economy cabin in the newly reconfigured Lufthansa A380 — here’s his take on the experience. Booking the Flight with Miles After booking my outbound itinerary to China — which included a…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class, Frankfurt to Los Angeles

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently redeemed a combination of United miles and Ultimate Rewards points for one of the most exclusive experiences in the skies, Lufthansa first class. Here’s his review of the experience aboard the airline’s flagship A380. I spent the months of June and July traveling around the world, and my final…

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…

Which International Airport Lounges Are Your Favorites?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message to ask about international club lounges: “You recently mentioned how domestic airport club lounges are declining, so I’m wondering, what’s your take on international club lounges. Do you have any favorites?” Daniel is right: I’m not a huge fan of domestic lounges. Yes, they give you a little space to relax and plug…

Onward Flight Deals from Moscow

Earlier this week, TPG announced a low-fare deal for just $399 round-trip from Houston to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. While that’s a great fare in and of itself, some folks might not be interested in Moscow as their final destination. (If you are, though, check out this post on How To Get A Russian Visa.) However,…

Flying Lufthansa 747-8 First Class for 62,500 Amex Points and $455

My whole life I’ve been a plane geek, with a particular attraction to the 747. Majestic and huge (with the original upper deck!), what better way is there to hop across oceans? The third generation 747-8 was announced in 2005 and they started to be delivered in 2012. Lufthansa has 14 747-8’s and when I…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July 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…

3 Airline Programs That Let You Hold Award Reservations

Redeeming miles isn’t always easy, so anything that can facilitate the award-booking process is more than welcome. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains one strategy that can help you zero in on the itinerary you want even if your plans are still up in the air. In an ideal world, your travel plans, mileage account balances and…