Bidding Successfully on an Upgrade to the Etihad First Apartment

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently submitted a successful bid to upgrade from business class to the First Apartment on Etihad’s A380. Here was his strategy. When I was in Asia recently and looking for a way to get back to the US, I jumped on the opportunity to purchase a round-trip business-class fare on…

Southwest Now Offering PreCheck on International Itineraries

Southwest has offered service to select international destinations for some time now, but passengers on these flights haven’t been able to use TSA PreCheck. Fortunately, it looks like that just changed, based on travelers’ comments on FlyerTalk and the airline’s response to a customer on its Facebook page: If you’re enrolled in PreCheck — and you…

A Complete Tour of Air Serbia’s A330: Business and Economy

On June 23, 2016, Air Serbia launched nonstop service from New York (JFK) to Belgrade, Serbia (BEG) on its retrofitted Airbus A330-200. Since Air Serbia primarily operates short-haul flights, it recently leased the aircraft from Jet Airways, with help from its new partner, Etihad Airways. Although Etihad isn’t always the easiest airline to reserve award seats with, as of…

Review: Finnair (A330-300) Economy Comfort from Helsinki to JFK

TO THE POINT: Finnair makes a great option for Oneworld elites traveling between the US and Europe. The pros: 3-5 more inches of leg room than regular economy, noise-canceling headphones, an amenity kit and a different headrest. The cons: limited complimentary in-flight snacks, lack of complimentary wine and beer throughout the flight and no Wi-Fi on the…

How to Earn 1.8% Cash Back on Every Purchase with the Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa Credit Card

The Wells Fargo Cash Wise Card is one of the latest cash-back options to arrive on the market, and it offers users the opportunity to earn 1.8% on select purchases for the first 12 months. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains how to maximize this offer, and takes a look at…

My 5 Travel Essentials: Celebrity Chef Daniel Rose

Chef Daniel Rose grew up outside Chicago, but made his name as a chef cooking in Paris, where he owns the game-changing restaurant, Spring, as well as bistros La Bourse et La Vie and the soon-to-open Chez La Vieille. This year he logged tens of thousands of American AAdvantage miles flying back and forth between Paris…

How To Get Compensation When Flights Go Wrong

No one likes a complainer, but there are instances when speaking up about a bad travel experience is justified. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains how and when to seek recourse for delays, cancellations and service failures. Most of us have witnessed other travelers complaining about delays, cancellations and other issues at…

8 Surprising United Routes You May Not Know About

TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel outlines eight lesser-known United routes, in case you’re feeling adventurous and have some MileagePlus award miles to spare. From tiny Pacific atolls to Northern Lights territory in Alaska, here are eight of the strangest, most unexpected routes you can fly on United Airlines — all of which can be booked with MileagePlus award miles…

Insider Series: Carrie A. Trey Spills Her Secrets About the Flight Attendant Lifestyle

TPG Insider Carrie A. Trey tackles commonly-asked questions about what it’s really like to be a flight attendant. Being part of the cabin crew is, in my opinion, one of the best jobs out there. I started flying straight out of college, intending to do it for a year, and over a decade later, I’m still…

Review: An Overnight Stay at the Aloft Panama City, Panama

TO THE POINT: The Aloft Panama is a great base for exploring the Panama Canal and was a nice spot to rest during my epic mileage run. The pros: sleek, stylish rooms with an ultra-modern design and a complimentary SPG platinum upgrade to an Aloft suite. The cons: lousy views of the ocean and a sketchy-looking spot…