Award Travel Options to Israel Across All 3 Major Airline Alliances

Israel, home to three major world religions, is a destination on many travelers’ bucket lists — and for good reason. The country has lots to offer, from miles of sandy beaches and a nightlife scene in Tel Aviv that rivals New York City’s to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the best hummus…

How United Poorly Handled an Aircraft Swap

Update: As a reader points out, United knew about the aircraft swap more than 24 hours in advance: @thepointsguy and @united knew of your equip swap 31 hours in advance, which might be time enuff to nab another 1st pic.twitter.com/reAg5HktjB — NotAtAllUnited (@NotAtAllUnited) September 14, 2016 If you follow me on Twitter or Snapchat, you…

Deal Alert: NYC to West Coast From $236 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. 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,…

Transfer IHG Points to United with a 50% Bonus

Did you know you can transfer IHG points to 41 different airlines? If not, you haven’t been missing out anything special. The standard transfer rate is just 2,000 airline miles for every 10,000 IHG points. It seems to be an option so rarely considered that IHG still lists US Airways as a transfer partner — even though…

United Employees Get to Try Polaris on a Transatlantic Test Run

United’s new Polaris business-class seat will launch with the airline’s first 777-300ER in early 2017, but business and first-class passengers will experience the Polaris “soft product” — improved meals and service, Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, new amenity kits and a new O’Hare lounge — beginning on December 1. With that launch now less than three…

Booking United Awards Using Partner Programs

United Airlines has partner agreements with 39 separate airlines, not all of which are members of the Star Alliance. Most of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many allow you to redeem miles for flights on United airlines — sometimes at a lower cost than United’s award rates. Today, I’ll show you which partner carriers…

Deal Alert: US to Dubai From $594 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. 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,…

How the United MileagePlus X App Can Help You Work Toward Your Next Award Trip

Since its release in 2014, the MileagePlus X App has offered a valuable way to earn bonus United miles on purchases from a variety of local and online vendors. Working in a similar fashion to an online shopping portal, the app allows users to buy electronic gift cards to pay for various purchases from merchants, and…

Several Airlines Detail Havana Routes and Inaugural Flight Dates

Update 9/28/16: It appears that American Airlines will beat United to Havana by one day, with nonstop service from Miami launching November 28. Additionally, Alaska Airlines has confirmed that it will launch daily service from Los Angeles to Havana on January 5, 2017, with the following schedule: Update 2: You can now redeem United miles…

Deal Alert: New York to Brussels from $443 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. 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,…