How Will US Airways’ Departure from Star Alliance Affect Future Bookings?

Later this month, US Airways is officially leaving Star Alliance to join Oneworld, the alliance of its merger partner, American Airlines. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this on Twitter, like the following two: TPG reader Nat asked: @thepointsguy With US leaving *A, if I want to fly NYC to Cape Town 3/2015, does it make…

Shifting Airline Alliances: Which Is Best – Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance?

Airline alliances are constantly changing – whether it’s mergers or new strategic partnerships, the landscape continues to evolve and in 2014 there will be some notable additions and exits from the major alliances. However, bigger isn’t always better, so deciding on the best alliance for you may take some careful analysis based on factors that…

12 United Awards To Book Before the Big Devaluation on February 1, 2014

Probably the most dreaded day of 2014 is quickly closing in – February 1 marks the day that United will devalue its award chart. Though many awards on United itself are going up, the airline is also raising most partner awards, with some skyrocketing over 60%! Many of you with United miles to burn have…

What is the Best Way To Fly To Asia In Business Class Using US Airways Miles?

TPG reader David emailed me this week with a question about using US Airways miles to get to Asia: “I’m looking to do a 10-day trip from Miami to Hong Kong and Phuket next year using US Airways miles. I currently have 127,000 miles my wife has 81,000. We are looking to go at least…

Is Lufthansa First Class That Much Better Than Business Class?

TPG reader Samir is trying to book one of the most coveted award seats there is, Lufthansa first class, but is having a hard time finding availability. Here’s his situation: “I am trying to book a first class award on Lufthansa for a flight on March 13 – March 24th from Boston to Madrid and…

US Airways Might Leave Star Alliance March 1 – What You Should Do With Your Miles

With the US Airways – American Airlines merger back on, Frequent Business Traveler reports from sources at US Airways that the airline might exit Star Alliance March 1, 2014, as it starts aligning more closely with American and possibly joins Oneworld as soon as April. No one has officially confirmed those dates, but previously, US…