Deal Alert: SFO to Maui from $296 Round-Trip on Hawaiian 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 and take advantage…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

A new year presents new opportunities to maximize your travel strategy. That’s why, around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which…

Delta’s Now The Second-Largest US Carrier

Delta beat out United to claim its spot as the second-largest carrier in the US last year. While those two are fighting for silver, American Airlines is expected to reign king for US carriers — at least in terms of total revenue passenger miles, an industry measurement tool that multiplies the number of passengers by the distance…

How to Get Airline Elite Status Quickly in 2016

As we start a new year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers tips and advice on earning airline elite status quickly in 2016. When it comes to airline elite status, the landscape in 2016 is going to look a lot different than in previous years. Delta and United made enormous changes to their award-mileage and…

Can You Save Money Purchasing Airline Tickets in Foreign Currency?

As TPG Contributor Mitch Berman explains, booking a ticket in a foreign currency can often save you real money if you find the right combination of carrier and currency. Here he shows you where some of the better deals can be found. Note: Some credit cards may apply foreign transaction fees to purchases made in…

Exchange Your Unwanted Gift Cards for United Miles

Did you receive some gift cards over the holidays that you aren’t too excited about? Well, United is offering to take them off your hands — but not at a very good rate! You too may have received an email yesterday from United with the ever-tempting offer to “Exchange your gift cards. Earn extra miles.”…

United CEO Undergoes Heart Transplant, Should Return Soon

Former United CEO Jeff Smisek was fired last September, and since then, it’s been a very interesting few months for the airline’s executive team. United selected Oscar Munoz to replace Smisek, but shortly after taking the reigns, Munoz suffered a significant heart attack, and the airline replaced him with an interim CEO. Munoz announced that he would…

Redeem Amex Airline Fee Credits for Amazon Gift Cards

Several top premium travel-rewards cards include annual airline fee credits, giving you a yearly allowance that covers incidentals with the airline of your choice, such as lounge memberships, baggage fees and in-flight meals. The two most popular cards that offer these credits are the Amex Platinum ($200 each year) and Amex Premier Rewards Gold ($100 each…