Earning and Redeeming United MileagePlus Miles on Non-Alliance Partners

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which carriers you can lean on to earn United MileagePlus miles and Premier elite status outside of the Star Alliance. Airline alliances have been around since the 1990s, offering travelers streamlined travel experiences across multiple carriers. Many airlines also have agreements with partners outside of traditional alliances to offer…

Watch This Suitcase Take a Conveyor Belt Ride Through Amsterdam Airport

Several years ago, while waiting for an upgrade at the Air France ticket desk at JFK, I watched a fairly famous model lose her mind after she was told that the bag she had just checked — and which was whisked away 10 minutes prior via conveyor belt — couldn’t be retrieved. At the time,…

Your Points and Miles Guide to New York City

In the first installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to New York City using points and miles.  Gotham. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Yet an even better nickname for New York City might be the “Points and Miles Capital of…

easyJet Passenger Tasered on Plane Over Baggage Fee Incident

Well, here’s a situation we didn’t cover in our recent Survival Guide to Low-Cost Carriers: According to this BBC report, a man on an easyJet flight from London-Gatwick (LGW) to Belfast (BFS) yesterday was tasered after an argument over luggage. And to think, TPG thought Ryanair was the worst airline in the world! According to…

This Airport is the First in the World to be Entirely Solar-Powered

India’s Cochin International Airport in the southern state of Kerala recently announced that it has become the first airport in the world to operate completely on solar power. On August 18, the airport inaugurated a 12-megawatt solar power plant comprised of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the airport’s cargo complex. The array should…

Maximizing the Alaska Airlines Visa Companion Fare

Alaska Airlines offers quality service and a lucrative frequent flyer programs; today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can also get exceptional value out of Alaska’s co-branded credit card. Many airline credit cards tout companion certificate benefits. Generally speaking, these certificates allow you to bring a friend or family member along for free (or at…

Comparing Domestic Business and First Class: American Airlines

As an AAdvantage Executive Platinum member, I’m generally a big fan of American Airlines. However, not all flights are equal, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines the value of the airline’s various first and business class offerings. When you’re deciding whether to fly in a premium cabin, it’s important to account for the wide variety of…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 Economy, Beijing to Frankfurt

Over the last decade, TPG Contributor JT Genter has flown economy on 20 different carriers. As part of a multi-leg, round-the-world itinerary, he recently checked out the upstairs economy cabin in the newly reconfigured Lufthansa A380 — here’s his take on the experience. Booking the Flight with Miles After booking my outbound itinerary to China — which included a…

10 Professional Flight Simulators that You Can Fly

Here at TPG, we talk a lot about how to sit at the “front” of the plane (that is, the business- and first-class cabins). However, for those of you who have ever wanted to try sitting at the real front of the plane, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has some suggestions. There are a couple…

Earning and Redeeming Delta SkyMiles on Non-Alliance Partners

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which carriers you can lean on to earn Delta SkyMiles and Medallion elite status outside of the SkyTeam alliance. Airline alliances have been around since the 1990s, offering travelers streamlined travel experiences across multiple carriers. Many airlines also have agreements with partners outside of traditional alliances…