Top Sign-Up Offers for August, Big Changes To United MileagePlus, How to Avoid Bad Business Class Seats and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Earn More Miles When You Spend Less with Spirit’s Latest Promotion

Most legacy carriers have moved to revenue-based mileage-earning programs, significantly devaluing each program in the process. In a way, Spirit Airlines has followed suit for the month of August — although this promotion works a bit differently than the rest of the carriers. Believe it or not, Spirit will reward flyers who book a lower base…

Why Spirit Airlines Hopes to Never See 90% or Better On-Time Arrivals

It’s hardly a secret that Spirit Airlines is America’s most hated airline. Rest assured that Spirit’s semi-new CEO, Bob Fornaro, has heard your gripes about poor customer service, hidden fees and late or cancelled flights, and wants to improve the airline’s reputation and performance — but only up to a certain point. While that might seem…

25 Airlines That Have Never Had a Major Accident

With recent crashes getting so much media coverage, it’s easy to be scared into believing that air travel is getting more dangerous. However, statistics reflect that air travel remains incredibly safe. In 2015, there were 560 airliner accident fatalities from 16 fatal airliner accidents. Of the 16, only five accidents resulted in more than 10 deaths — including…

Frontier and Spirit Airlines Might Finally Join TSA PreCheck

The TSA has been facing some heat lately with its ever-growing security checkpoint wait times, as you’ve probably heard (or experienced) by now. But travelers can help to expedite those long lines in a number of ways, especially by getting TSA PreCheck. Last month, the TSA announced that it had expanded this service to four new airlines (Aeromexico, Cape…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…

Which Airlines Have the Most Hidden Fees?

TPG reader Hillary sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline fees: “Which airlines nickel-and-dime you the most on fees? I vote United, but I’d like to hear your take.” Airline fees have skyrocketed over the past few years, ranging from relatively mundane charges like baggage fees to truly ridiculous add-ons like the fee just to…

Spirit Ranks as the Worst Airline for Customer Satisfaction

It should come as a surprise to almost no one that super-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines does not perform well in the realm of customer service. In fact, the carrier ran a promotion a couple years ago that allowed customers to sound off and voice their dissatisfaction in exchange for 8,000 frequent flyer miles — and travelers…

Exciting New Airline Routes for April 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Senior Editor Kaeli Conforti shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change…

US Senator Pushes for Airplane Seat Regulations

Seat size and pitch is always a hot topic, and now the federal government is considering getting involved. Today, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt chats economy seating with Chuck Schumer, one of the US Senate’s most outspoken traveler advocates. Airplane seats in the economy cabin have always been tight, but at least they used to offer enough…