United Flight Attendants Are Now Flying with iPhones

Gawker sure loves itself a scandal, but the blog’s latest travel-related expose might not be much to worry about after all. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig chimes in, live from a United flight. United flight attendants recently began traveling with company-issued iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, containing key info like passenger frequent flyer status and connecting flight data,…

How to Book Star Alliance Awards that Aren’t on United.com

Like the airlines themselves, not all flight search engines are created equal, especially when it comes to booking awards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers strategies for finding the flights you want even if they appear to be unavailable. There are lots of ways to earn points and miles, but for an effective award travel strategy, you need…

Why Mileage Multipliers Are a Raw Deal

At a time when airlines are pulling in record profits, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why buying miles to go with your next flight might boost your carrier’s bottom line, but it probably won’t help your own. When you purchase a flight on a major US carrier, you’re often given the option to…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class, Frankfurt to Los Angeles

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently redeemed a combination of United miles and Ultimate Rewards points for one of the most exclusive experiences in the skies, Lufthansa first class. Here’s his review of the experience aboard the airline’s flagship A380. I spent the months of June and July traveling around the world, and my final…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Amazing Deal Alert: Philly to Las Vegas from $36 Each Way

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…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2015

Loyalty programs change all the time, and so do the credit cards associated with them. Bonuses rise and fall, benefits shift and mileage charts are revalued, all with little or no notice. Staying up to date on the credit card marketplace is imperative for a successful award-travel strategy. That can be a lot to keep track…

Eating Dinner for Breakfast in United BusinessFirst

Last night, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig decided to make an unusual request on his flight from Newark to Dublin. Some international airlines have mastered the on-demand dining concept, such as what you’ll find in Etihad first class. Naturally, US carriers have plenty of room for improvement when it comes to catering and in-flight service, but they do sometimes…