SkyTeam Rolls Out SkyPriority Services & Fast-Track Security

December 18, 2014

SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at least in theory) will make your airport experience a little easier. SkyTeam has also announced […]

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Delta Releases Partner Airline Mileage Earning Charts for 2015

December 5, 2014

Delta SkyMiles members are in for quite a few changes as we head into 2015 – that’s in addition to 2014 program changes including the institution of a spending requirement for elite status qualification. Those upcoming changes include increased elite status spending requirements and, more importantly, the switchover to a revenue-based mileage-earning scheme where, instead […]

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Using Miles to Fly China Airlines’ New 777-300ER

October 29, 2014

Last week I wrote about China Airlines’ new 777-300ERs, which feature all-new service classes, including a beautiful Premium Business class cabin. The planes will be put into service on the airline’s routes from Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the coming months. Today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains how you can use miles to try […]

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

October 14, 2014

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 […]

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Maximizing Flying Blue: Earning, Redeeming, Transfers & More

September 3, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at opportunities for maximizing award redemptions in Flying Blue, which is now a transfer partner of three out of four of the major points programs. Here’s his take on finding the sweet spots in their award chart. Last week, Citi announced that Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program for […]

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How To Maximize Delta SkyMiles for Valuable Awards

August 12, 2014

Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. They keys to a successful miles and points strategy are to diversify your balances (especially in programs that have numerous transfer partners), and to educate yourself on the ins and outs of each program. As I write […]

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SkyTeam Launches Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass

August 4, 2014

Hot on the heels of Jason Steele’s recent post about air travel passes, SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass provides what appears to be a modest cost savings on multi-stop flight itineraries aboard SkyTeam member airlines serving 26 participating countries […]

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Maximizing Garuda Miles – Earning, Redeeming and Transfers

July 28, 2014

Garuda, the national carrier of Indonesia, has been in the news a lot lately. It joined the SkyTeam alliance back in March, entered into a mileage partnership with ANA in April, and earlier this week, Citi announced that Garuda would be one of eight new ThankYou points transfer partners. With so many more possibilities, I thought […]

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Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds New Transfer Partners

July 21, 2014

Citi ThankYou Rewards has for a long time been the pipsqueak little brother to the major transferable points programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. Without transfer options, the most you could hope to get from ThankYou points was about 1.25 cents apiece, and that was only for Citi Premier and Citi Prestige […]

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Using Air Travel Passes to Maximize International Travel

July 9, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele introduces us to the Air Travel Pass, a great way to get around for travelers with multiple regional destinations in mind. The most efficient way to use your points and miles is to see as much as you can with one major international award flight, rather than travel back and forth between home […]

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Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

July 7, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe, […]

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Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

June 30, 2014

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners […]

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An Updated Guide To Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

May 13, 2014

So far there has been a whirlwind of changes in the airline world in 2014, and it’s only May! We’ve seen airlines join new alliances and devalue their frequent flyer programs, all in addition to the colossal change that took place this year in the form of the American and US Airways merger. In light of all […]

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Good Business Class Fares to Europe on SkyTeam ~ $2,000

April 14, 2014

Thanks to a thread on Flyertalk, we’ve found some good transatlantic business class deals on Skyteam partners with prices between $1700 and $2100, which are more common prices for coach seats (and in some cases lower than coach fares on the same routes!). These deals are pricing out on the ITA Matrix for itineraries of 7-10 days […]

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Garuda Indonesia Now Official SkyTeam Member Airline

March 6, 2014

Back in December, SkyTeam announced that Garuda Indonesia would be joining the alliance in March, though given Garuda’s until-recently spotty record, the actual join date that was set for March 5 seemed like more of an estimate. But lo and behold, March 5 came, and SkyTeam posted the announcement that Garuda is now officially the […]

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Shifting Airline Alliances: Which Is Best – Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance?

February 24, 2014

Airline alliances are constantly changing – whether it’s mergers or new strategic partnerships, the landscape continues to evolve and in 2014 there will be some notable additions and exits from the major alliances. However, bigger isn’t always better, so deciding on the best alliance for you may take some careful analysis based on factors that […]

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New SkyTeam Lounge Slated for Dubai

February 18, 2014

According to a recent report in Arabian Business, SkyTeam plans to open what will be its fifth SkyTeam-branded lounge at Dubai International Airport (DXB) in 2015. D SkyTeam’s first two branded lounges are located in London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 (LHR), which I’ve been to and really like, and Istanbul Attaturk International Airport (IST). The brand standards set […]

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Garuda SkyTeam Join Date Set For March 5, 2014

December 18, 2013

It’s been a big month for alliance announcements, what with news that US Airways would exit Star Alliance and join Oneworld in March, and hints that Air India might finally be preparing to enter Star Alliance, and now there’s another piece of news out of Asia – according to this SkyTeam announcement, Garuda Indonesia is […]

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Should I Choose Flying Blue Over SkyMiles In Light Of The Upcoming Delta Changes In 2014?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Jonathan asked: “I would love to hear your opinion on the relative merits of Flying Blue vs. SkyMiles given the sweeping changes to SkyMiles coming in 2014. I fly about 80,000 miles annually on SkyTeam partners, typically on trips to Africa. I love the free upgrade to Economy Comfort that I get with […]

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Guangzhou Becomes Third City In China With No Visa Requirement For Visits Under 72 Hours

July 27, 2013

Back in January, the Chinese government announced that in-transit travelers from 45 countries could visit Beijing for up to 72 hours without applying for a visa, a policy that had already been put into place in Shanghai. Now China has announced that starting August 1, Guangzhou will be the third city allowing visits of up […]

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Decent Business Class Deals to Buenos Aires- From $1,787 Roundtrip from Miami

May 25, 2013

This weekend I’m not traveling – which means I’m at home jealously looking at my friends’ Facebook pictures of their holiday weekend jaunts. It also means I’m booking trips for myself, or at least researching good fares and uses of miles (like my Aer Lingus JFK-DUB I just booked yesterday). I’m planning a trip to […]

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Using Delta SkyMiles To Book an Aerolineas Argentinas Award: A Tale of Phone Agent Roulette

April 8, 2013

Even before Aerolineas Argentinas became an official member of SkyTeam in September 2012, it entered into a partnership with Delta last May that entitled Delta SkyMiles members to earn miles on Aerolineas flights and to redeem their SkyMiles for flights on Argentina’s national airline as well. During his recent month-long stay in Argentina, TPG Managing […]

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SRQ: Which Should Be My Primary Skyteam Airline, Delta or Korean?

February 17, 2013

TPG reader Eric is putting together a new Skyteam mileage strategy based on upcoming travel and the credit cards he currently has, and is wondering which would be a better choice to be his primary airline frequent flyer program, Delta or Korean Air. Here’s his question: “SkyTeam is the only alliance within which I don’t […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Redeem Delta SkyMiles

December 18, 2012

If my predictions about changes to Delta’s SkyMiles program in 2013 come true, it’s time to start putting those miles to use on award tickets before it’s too late. Luckily, by taking advantage of some of the lesser-known redemptions (and not necessarily what shows you), SkyMiles can be pretty valuable, and there are plenty […]

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