Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…

United Offers up to 50% Bonus on Purchased Miles

United is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles for select MileagePlus members. Unlike past promotions, this bonus is not tiered, and instead is a targeted offer that varies from one member to another. Log in to your MileagePlus account to find out whether you’ve been targeted for the promotion, and to see your specific bonus. Offers are…

How to Handle Last-Minute Aircraft Equipment Swaps

Even the best laid travel plans can be undone by an aircraft equipment change. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how to avoid these unexpected swaps, and what to do when it happens to your flight. If you follow TPG on Instagram, you may recall the last-minute equipment swap he encountered flying…

United Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on United. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…

Comparing Domestic Business and First Class: United Airlines

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines the value of United Airlines’ First and Business class products. When it comes to premium classes on domestic flights, not all products are created equal. This post kicks off a series that compares the premium offerings on major domestic airlines. I’ll present an overview of each carrier’s domestic First and Business class products, and analyze the…

United MileagePlus Offers Cruise Redemption Options

United Airlines recently unveiled new cruise benefits for MileagePlus members, who can now book cruises using miles, as well as a combination of miles and cash. With a total of 22 different cruise lines participating in the new program, there are plenty of opportunities for taking to the seas. Components of the United Cruises program include (but are not…

Where Should You Credit United Flights After March 1st?

Next month, a lot of United MileagePlus members will start feeling the pain of the new revenue-based system program. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for getting the most out of your future flights. Last year, Delta announced that it would stop crediting frequent flyer miles to travelers based on the distance flown,…

How to Maximize Miles with Alliances and Airline Partners

Freqeunt flyer miles would be a lot less interesting if you could only use them on one airline. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use airline partners for award flights just about anywhere you want to go. Most frequent flyers have heard of the major airline alliances: SkyTeam, Oneworld,…