FAA Downgrades Safety Rating for Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination for both its big cities and small towns. However, flying to the Southeast Asian country on one of its airlines might become more difficult in the near future. The FAA announced this week that it lowered the country’s aviation safety rating to Category 2, meaning it lacks either laws or regulations necessary to…

Who REALLY Has the Best Airline Food?

Welcome to Fly&Dine on TPG, a monthly column that explores the intersection of food and travel with the help of TPG Contributor (and expert food writer) Jason Kessler of Fly&Dine, the best online source for dining while you fly. Today, Jason looks at all the various rankings of airlines with best in-flight meals, and brings…

Review: Thai Airways Boeing 777-200ER Economy, Madrid-Bangkok

To kick off a two-month trip to Southeast Asia, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino booked economy on Thai Airways’ 12-hour, nonstop flight from her home airport in Madrid (MAD) to Bangkok (BKK). Having flown internationally in coach on 15 different carriers, Lori shares how this particular long-haul measures up. (All photos are by author, unless otherwise specified.) Booking With Cash vs. Points Given the long journey…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards with Thai Royal Orchid Plus

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on one of those partners to see what kind of value it offers. I’ve been completing a series of posts on the airline transfer…

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about…

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…

2X United Miles EWR-VIE, 25% Transfer Bonus to Avios & More

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: US Airways Share Bonus Back with New Terms: US Airways has again launched a 100% Share Miles Bonus through June 30, 2014; however, the terms are slightly different this time around. Normally, the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would get the 100% bonus, but now the bonus…

Update on Booking US Airways Star Alliance Awards Post Nov 1, 2013

With recent speculation that US Airways will be leaving Star Alliance to join oneworld as early as November 1, 2013, and confirmation late last week from US Airways President J. Scott Kirby that the transition will be completed by the beginning of 2014, a lot of travelers have been pondering how to put their US Airways…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways You Can Fly the A380

With a range of 9,600 miles, a cruising speed of 560 miles per hour, 240 feet in length, 80 feet tall, a wingspan of over 260 feet, and over 5,000 square feet of floor space spread out over two full decks, the Airbus A380 is the largest jumbo-jet in the skies, and an aviation enthusiast’s…