Singapore & Virgin Australia Launch Point Conversion Option

Last week, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia enhanced their partnership by launching a new feature that enables KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer members to convert points and miles between the two programs. This new (and pretty unique) conversion capability offers frequent flyers greater access to upgrades and award seats across the combined network of the two airlines. Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now…

Singapore Airlines First Class Suites: How To Book on Miles

On the heel’s of a blogger circulating his review of Singapore’s sought-after First Class Suites last week (and then being called out for plagiarizing his work!), there has been a lot more interest in just how it is possible to snag one of these over-the-top seats. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look into…

Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options…

10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The…

Should I Drop United if I Fly Mostly Long Haul?

TPG reader Alvin asked me on Facebook: “I’m an infrequent flyer with United and Star Alliance (two long haul domestic round-trips and a transpacific each year). Since United is shifting to a fare-based mileage plan, this negates my travel style. Should I cash out soon and put my miles on another Star Alliance carrier?” This…

Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the…

Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and…

New Virgin Atlantic Routes and Booking Tips

Virgin Atlantic recently announced the addition of some new routes and changes to existing service. The airline asserts that the heart of its network lies in transatlantic flights, and that its goal is to continue growing that sector of the business. The not-so-great (old) news is that award flights on Virgin Atlantic typically don’t offer good value due to the high cost of…

Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets and the most award availability. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why people…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit…