Review: United’s Island Hopper from Honolulu (HNL) to Guam (GUM)

Every points and miles enthusiast has his or her own dream itinerary, but few routes are as unique as United’s Island Hopper, which travels from Honolulu to Guam with stops at several small islands in between. Here’s TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel’s review of the Island Hopper flight experience. As an aviation enthusiast, United Airlines Flight 154 (aka the…

5 Reasons to Visit Turks & Caicos This Summer

TPG Contributor Amber Gibson has been to the Caribbean eight times in the last two years. Here’s why Turks & Caicos might be her favorite locale so far — and why you should visit this summer. Follow along with Amber’s travel adventures on Instagram. (All photos are by the author). Not only will you save more by visiting Turks & Caicos…

Exciting New Airline Routes, 10 Perks of United Global Services, Best Cards for Marriott Guests & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Earn Up to 5,000 Miles and Instant VIP Status with United MileagePlus Dining

Update: We’ve received reports from some readers that MileagePlus Dining may only honor this promotion if you received an invitation to apply, so it’s possible that this is a targeted offer. Dining rewards programs are a great way to earn miles with your preferred airline even when you’re not in the air. Programs occasionally run…

Spirit Ranks as the Worst Airline for Customer Satisfaction

It should come as a surprise to almost no one that super-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines does not perform well in the realm of customer service. In fact, the carrier ran a promotion a couple years ago that allowed customers to sound off and voice their dissatisfaction in exchange for 8,000 frequent flyer miles — and travelers…

Deal Alert: NYC to Puerto Rico, Panama, Barbados and Bermuda from $217 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Exciting New Airline Routes for April 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Senior Editor Kaeli Conforti shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change…

Top 10 Perks of United Global Services

United’s Global Services is one of the more mysterious status levels in the world of loyalty programs; it’s dedicated to high spenders, and unless you’re a member you can’t view the full list of benefits. However, thanks to some sources lucky enough to hold this status, TPG Contributor Vikram Birring is here with a rundown…

How Does Star Alliance Gold Differ from United Premier Gold?

TPG reader Doug sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Star Alliance elite status: “Does United distinguish between Star Alliance Gold and Million Miler lifetime Premier Gold?” Airline alliances offer a lot of opportunities to award travelers, including more ways to earn and redeem miles, and the chance to earn elite benefits across multiple carriers. However,…