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…

Using Air Travel Passes to Maximize International Travel

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele introduces us to the Air Travel Pass, a great way to get around for travelers with multiple regional destinations in mind. The most efficient way to use your points and miles is to see as much as you can with one major international award flight, rather than travel back and forth between home…

Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus (Targeted)

US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on gifts or purchases of Dividend Miles through July 31, 2014, though unlike recent similar promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from US Airways to see if your account is eligible. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles,…

Flying a Round the World Award Using US Airways Miles

TPG special contributor Eric Rosen recently used his US Airways miles to book a round-trip business class award…that instead let him fly round the world. Here’s how he did it. The sweet spots in US Airways’ award chart combined with its lax routing rules make it possible to fly around the world for the same…

Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe,…

Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners…