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…

How to Book Star Alliance Awards that Aren’t on United.com

Like the airlines themselves, not all flight search engines are created equal, especially when it comes to booking awards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers strategies for finding the flights you want even if they appear to be unavailable. There are lots of ways to earn points and miles, but for an effective award travel strategy, you need…

Avianca Brazil Joins Star Alliance

Three years ago, Colombia-based airline Avianca joined the Star Alliance network. Today, its subsidiary Avianca Brazil — formerly known as Ocean Air — has also officially come onboard. Avianca Brazil is an independently-operated airline with hubs in São Paulo and Brasília. It currently lays claim to the title of the fourth-largest airline in Brazil, after TAM, Gol and…

United Lowers Price for Award Travel Within Japan

United and its Star Alliance partners announced earlier this month that the price for award travel within Japan would be lowered. Travelers in Japan will now be able to snag one-way flights for 5,000 or 8,000 miles depending on the distance flown (flights of less than 800 miles will be available at the lower rate). That’s a…

Top 10 Uses for Citi ThankYou Premier’s 50k Sign-Up Bonus

With all the improvements Citi has made to ThankYou Rewards in the last year, it’s no surprise that two of the program’s cards made my recent list of the 5 Hottest Credit Cards for Summer 2015. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at ten ways you can use these cards for great award redemptions. Citi recently stepped up…

Here Are Copa’s Star Alliance Earning and Redemption Charts

Star Alliance member Copa Airlines has just released a new partner earning chart and award chart for their new frequent flyer mile program, ConnectMiles. Copa was previously using United’s MileagePlus program, but in March of 2015, the airline announced it would be launching its own new program, ConnectMiles. ConnectMiles made it a point to explain that…

How United’s Explorer Card Can Get You to Europe this Summer

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Europe has long been a hot summer travel destination, and this year is no exception. For those of you interested in exploring the old country, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a great option for getting to Europe…

How to Book Awards with United MileagePlus Miles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your United Airlines MileagePlus miles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to…