8 Surprising United Routes You May Not Know About

TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel outlines eight lesser-known United routes, in case you’re feeling adventurous and have some MileagePlus award miles to spare. From tiny Pacific atolls to Northern Lights territory in Alaska, here are eight of the strangest, most unexpected routes you can fly on United Airlines — all of which can be booked with MileagePlus award miles…

Starting This Week, PINs Won’t Work When You Access United MileagePlus

Later this week, United will be changing the process for logging into your MileagePlus account. While the carrier had already begun requiring passwords to sign in online since February 11, as of this week, you won’t be able to use a PIN to authenticate your account over the phone either. The airline will also employ two-factor authentication in…

Book Domestic United Award Tickets at a 20% Discount

United has issued a sale on award tickets for domestic US travel — including Alaska and Hawaii. The 20% discount applies for round-trip itineraries booked by August 23 for travel through December 15 with some blackout dates around the Thanksgiving holiday. United normally charges 45,000 miles for a round-trip award from the continental US to…

American Airlines Will Offer Free In-Flight Entertainment Starting Later This Month

Amid pressure from competitors like Delta, which became the first US legacy carrier to offer free in-flight entertainment, American Airlines recently announced it’ll start offering complimentary in-flight entertainment later this month on all of its nearly 300 aircraft that are equipped with seat-back entertainment units. On regional jets that offer Wi-Fi, you can also download the American Airlines mobile app to access…

United Elites Can Get a Sneak Peek at Polaris Business Class

Earlier this year, United introduced us to its new business-class product, Polaris. In an exciting move for the carrier with CEO Oscar Munoz back at the helm, the new seats are definitely something to look forward to for United flyers. Configured in a 1-2-1 layout, the new product offers a lie-flat bed, pajamas, an updated amenity…

5 Easy Tips for Picking the Healthiest Snack on Every Flight

TPG Contributor Molly Rose recently asked Keri Gans, a registered dietician, nutritionist and author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You, about her best tips for selecting the healthiest snacks on every flight (hint: it has nothing to do with those giant snack boxes). It’s always healthier to plan ahead for snacks…

Should I Redeem Airline Miles for Hotel Rooms?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming airline miles: “Do airline miles offer good value for booking hotels? Specifically, should I redeem 200,000 United miles for four nights in a 4-5 star hotel in Napa?” Frequent flyer programs offer a wide variety of ways to redeem miles. Aside from flight and upgrade awards, you can use miles to…

Top Sign-Up Offers for August, Big Changes To United MileagePlus, How to Avoid Bad Business Class Seats and 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:…