How Do I Redeem Miles for Flights with Airline Partners?

TPG reader Paul emailed me to ask about booking awards with airline partners: “I’ve been booking award flights on Air Canada for years. However, I’ve seen your articles about using miles to book with other airlines. Does that mean I can bypass the Aeroplan site and use my miles to book travel directly with any Star Alliance partner?” The process…

TPGtv, Year-End Award Stats, a New Way to Redeem SkyMiles & 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:…

How to Use ExpertFlyer to Search for Star Alliance Awards

Award-travel site ExpertFlyer can be an invaluable tool in searching for and booking flights. Now that it once again displays award inventory for United and all other Star Alliance carriers, the service is more useful than ever. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you how to make the most of Star Alliance…

United Introduces Illy Coffee to Flights and Lounges

Following former CEO Jeff Smisek’s unexpected retirement, United’s been making a huge push to improve the travel experience — rather than simply launching another massive #flyerfriendly campaign, the airline is actually making a genuine attempt to satisfy customers. Over the past few months, United’s launched a dedicated feedback website, and introduced a program to allow airport agents to issue instant compensation to disgruntled…

How to Search for Star Alliance Award Availability

We get a lot of readers asking about the best strategies for searching for airline awards. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a guide of helpful hints for finding awards on Star Alliance carriers, including the websites to use, tips for finding routes or carriers with better award availability and…

Google Flights Adds Train Times, In-Flight Amenities and Direct Lufthansa Bookings

Google Flights released a few new features recently to make booking travel plans just a little bit easier. Users now have the ability to book travel directly within Google Flights on Lufthansa, book train tickets (on select European rail services) and access additional information about flights, including food service, checked baggage, potential upgrades and more. The new features…

How to Create a Points & Miles Strategy for Family Travel

Now that you’re sold on traveling for free or for very little cost, where do you invest your time, energy and spending to earn points? TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler suggests considering these factors to devise a points and miles strategy for family travel. Keeping up on the points game can be a little intimidating at…

A Contingency Checklist for Family Travel

The possibility of things going completely wrong is just part of the nature of traveling with family. TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler shows you how a little bit of planning can help you deal with unforeseen obstacles on the ground and in the air. On a recent month-long trip to France (as a last hurrah before my…

How to Leverage Elite Status with Airline Alliances

From premier access and priority boarding to finger foods in luxe airport lounges, elite status can make a big difference in your airport experience. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse looks at the elite benefits offered by the three major airline alliances, along with how to earn status in each one. We’re all familiar with American, Delta and United…

ANA Star Alliance Award Search Engine is Back… with a Few Glitches

Back in April, ANA revamped its Mileage Club frequent-flyer program and its web site. While the new award charts have some sweet spots, the web redevelopment pretty much ruined what had been the best Star Alliance award search engine out there, limiting the types of awards you could pull in and the breadth of your search…