Deal Alert: Flights to Cancun from $196 on AA, Delta and United

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…

All United Australia Flights Moving to Boeing 787-9

Per Australian Traveller, United has announced that it will begin using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on all its routes from the US to Australia starting in March 2016. The airline already flies the aircraft on its route from Los Angeles to Melbourne, but uses 777-200s on its two other daily Australian flights, from San Francisco and…

Earning and Redeeming Miles on Non-Alliance Partners

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen offers insights into non-alliance partnerships on the three major legacy carriers, and shares some strategies for maximizing these award travel opportunities. Over the last few weeks, I’ve examined the non-alliance partner airlines of the three major legacy carriers in the US: American, Delta and United. While each…

The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

There are few things worse than watching your frequent flyer miles vanish in an instant. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig outlines one great option for extending the life of your miles with only a minute or two of work. With only a few exceptions, including Delta and JetBlue, frequent flyer miles are set to expire…

Long Hold Times? Try Using Twitter

If you don’t have time to wait on hold, consider contacting your airline via social media. TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the top airline accounts to see which carrier can best handle your request. Nobody likes waiting on the phone, and these days, it seems that any time you need to call an airline, you’ll…

10 Perks and Services You May Be Able to Get Just By Asking

Customer service is an important aspect of both the travel and credit card industries, and companies will sometimes go the extra distance to help keep valuable customers satisfied. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at opportunities to save money and pick up useful benefits by simply asking for them. There’s more to award travel than…

Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) If you can get a couple months…

Exciting New Airline Routes For August 2015 and Beyond

Today, TPG Assistant Editor Matt Zuzolo shares news of exciting new airline routes, including some that have just launched or are slated to begin in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2015 Dallas Love Field (DAL) to eight new cities on Southwest (starting August 9, 2015) Details — Southwest launched…

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…

Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 United Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 United miles in honor of the airline’s current purchased miles discount for select MileagePlus members. 30,000 miles is enough for a one-way economy flight to Europe. You can also boost your United balance through several credit card bonuses. You can earn 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards…