How to Maximize Miles with Alliances and Airline Partners

Freqeunt flyer miles would be a lot less interesting if you could only use them on one airline. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use airline partners for award flights just about anywhere you want to go. Most frequent flyers have heard of the major airline alliances: SkyTeam, Oneworld,…

Air Canada’s New TD Aeroplan Visa for US Cardholders

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new credit card option for earning mile in the Air Canada Aeroplan program. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has long been one of my favorite ways to book Star Alliance award flights. While you might not fly Air Canada often, there are several options for earning…

ANA Award Chart Changes: Good News and Better Redemptions

Japan-based carrier ANA recently announced a major change to its frequent flyer program, shifting from a distance-based chart to a region-based one. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the change and what it means for award travelers. ANA has long been ranked one of the top foreign frequent flyer programs thanks to a distance-based…

Singapore Airlines First Class Suites: How To Book on Miles

On the heels of a blogger circulating his review of Singapore’s sought-after First Class Suites last week (and then being called out for plagiarizing his work!), there has been a lot more interest in just how it is possible to snag one of these over-the-top seats. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look into…

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

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…

Should I Drop United if I Fly Mostly Long Haul?

TPG reader Alvin asked me on Facebook: “I’m an infrequent flyer with United and Star Alliance (two long haul domestic round-trips and a transpacific each year). Since United is shifting to a fare-based mileage plan, this negates my travel style. Should I cash out soon and put my miles on another Star Alliance carrier?” This…

Aegean Airlines Clamping Down on Star Alliance Status

Airline elite status can be a life saver- whether its upgrades or better customer service, it definitely enhances the flying experience. Many airlines also offer perks to elite members when flying on alliance partners- like free checked bags and airline lounge access. Up until now, one of the best ways to earn Star Alliance Gold status was through Greek…

Review: LOT Business Class Warsaw-JFK on 787 Dreamliner

On the return flight of his recent trip to Europe, TPG Contributor Jason Steele had the chance to try out LOT’s Business Class from Warsaw to New York (JFK). Here’s his experience on this Polish carrier. Sure, the 787 Dreamliner has been in service (off and on) for nearly three years, but it’s still a treat for me to…

Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds New Transfer Partners

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…

Avianca Lifemiles Program Changes & Share Miles Last Day

Sometimes I hate getting emails from airlines. While some contain information on bonus promos, others are like the one that Lifemiles, the mileage program of Star Alliance carrier Avianca, sent out to members yesterday announcing sweeping changes to its award chart. Here’s what the email said: “To maintain a reasonable relation between the miles we…