Maximizing United’s Award Routing Rules

Like the two other major US legacy airlines, Delta and American, United has drastically changed its MileagePlus frequent flyer program in recent years. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the current state of MileagePlus and how you can maximize the program’s routing rules to get the most from your miles. Following…

Crediting United Flights to Singapore KrisFlyer

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the partnership between United and Singapore Airlines, and why you might want to credit the mileage from your United flights to the airline’s Asian partner. Given the slew of negative changes to United’s MileagePlus program in recent years — including massive award chart devaluations, the changeover…

How Does Star Alliance Gold Differ from United Premier Gold?

TPG reader Doug sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Star Alliance elite status: “Does United distinguish between Star Alliance Gold and Million Miler lifetime Premier Gold?” Airline alliances offer a lot of opportunities to award travelers, including more ways to earn and redeem miles, and the chance to earn elite benefits across multiple carriers. However,…

Should I Earn Miles with Two Airlines in the Same Alliance?

TPG reader Sujay sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline partnerships: “I tend to use United for domestic flights and Lufthansa for long-haul travel to Europe/Asia. Does it make sense to earn miles with different airlines in the same alliance?” As much as I preach the importance of diversifying your travel rewards, it’s also important not to spread yourself…

Top 10 Airport Lounges in the US and How You Can Get In

Being able to access an airport lounge can make all the difference when you’re traveling, thanks to free drinks, snacks, Wi-Fi (and thus a little extra time for productivity) and a few moments away from the hectic main terminal. Unfortunately, most airport lounges in the US aren’t much more than dreary way stations little better…

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…