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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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Spirit Airlines Raises Checked Bag Fees for the Holidays

September 23, 2014

Though I’ve never flown Spirit Airlines, I think the savvy/controversial budget carrier has a secure place in the skies – as long as they continue to clearly state all of their fees and restrictions in advance. Today Spirit did just that when they announced several months in advance that they’re raising their checked bag fees by $2 on flights booked after […]

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Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely

September 19, 2014

Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers guidelines for helping unaccompanied minors get from gate to gate worry free. […]

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Bonus Club Carlson Points, BA Adds SFO A380 Service, & More

September 13, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Bonus Points For Bookings Via App: You can earn 3,000 bonus Gold Points for each stay booked through the Club Carlson mobile app. You must book AND stay via the app by November 14, 2014. The app […]

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Win 250K Starpoints, Trips to San Francisco, Europe & More

September 5, 2014

Here are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web this week – and here’s hoping you win a great prize or a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Reminder: Play SPG’s Tap Into Luxury Game and Win 250,000 Starpoints: SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win […]

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Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

September 1, 2014

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 […]

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Promotions Ending Today: Starwood Transfer Bonuses & More

July 31, 2014

The following travel-related promotions are ending today, Thursday, July 31. Get ‘em while you still can! Starwood Offering Up to a 5o% Bonus for Transferring Starpoints to US Airways Dividend Miles: This promotion (for which no registration is necessary) specifies a 20% bonus, but as this doesn’t include the built in 25% bonus that Starwood offers when transferring […]

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Win Trips To Tuscany, New York, San Francisco & More

July 17, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win a Trip to NYC or LA: IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club) is giving away a free three day, two night trip to New York City or Los Angeles to […]

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8,000 Free FreeSpirit Miles for Nothing

July 9, 2014

“Speaking of eating, I’d rather eat broken glass than deal with @SpiritAirlines ever again. Worse customer service imaginable.” This is just one of the many “hate” tweets Spirit Airlines recently received during their ongoing “Unleash the Hate” Campaign,which encourages Spirit passengers to, how shall we say, voice their dissatisfaction, and in exchange Spirit offers 8,000 frequent flyer miles.  […]

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The New Frontier of Airline Fees: Overhead Bin Space and Seat Assignments

April 30, 2014

Following Frontier Airlines’ announcement this past Monday that it will now charge its passengers for placing their carry-on bags in its overhead bins and reserving seats in advance, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne examines the present landscape of similarly ridiculous airline fees – and finds the worst offenders. In yet another irritating step toward entirely fee-dependent fares, low-cost […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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What Is The Best US Airline? Virgin America Apparently (According to Consumer Reports)

May 23, 2013

Yesterday USA Today’s Nancy Trejos (who has been on a roll breaking travel stories) covered Consumer Reports’ annual airline satisfaction survey and to be honest, I wasn’t really surprised with the results given the poll questions. Voters were asked to rate their satisfaction with the airlines’: check-in ease, cabin-crew service, cabin cleanliness, seating comfort, baggage […]

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Snag 25,000 Free Spirit Miles In Philadelphia This Thursday, May 16

May 13, 2013

To celebrate the launch of new flight service to Philadelphia from Las Vegas, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Myrtle Beach, Spirit Airlines is giving away 2.5 million frequent flyer miles this Thursday, May 16. 1,000 people (must be 18 or over) will have the chance to win 25,000 miles each at the Independence Visitor Center. Spirit is […]

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Snag 20,000 Free Spirit Miles if You’re In Houston This Week!

September 17, 2012

Spirit Airlines may not be the fanciest airline, but they are a practical option for consumers looking for a no-frills flight experience. They are adding Houston as one of their new destinations and to celebrate, they will be giving out a total of 60 million Free Spirit miles in Houston this week. 3,000 lucky people […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Is the Spirit Airlines Mastercard Worth It?

September 2, 2012

This week TPG reader Ron asks about Spirit Airlines: “I have read nothing but negative reviews about Spirit, but I notice that they are offering a Mastercard with 15,000 bonus points after first spend and 1st year fee waived.  All transactions on card are 2X.  Their 9$ club is not included with the card and is […]

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5,000 Free Spirit Miles

April 4, 2011

Spirit airlines just launched a “million mile” giveaway and to celebrate they are giving away 5,000 miles to everyone who fills out this form. Once you sign up you’ll get a confirmation email that states that the 5,000 mile certificate will be sent via email by June 15, 2011. Additionally, Spirit is doing a bus […]

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