10 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling — especially with the TSA having the number of issues that we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Passengers have reported outlandish security checkpoint wait times, airlines (specifically American and United) have had to call in millions of dollars’ worth of reinforcements to help…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 United Miles

100,000 miles may seem like an unattainable goal, but earning this stash — and spending it on high-value award flights — is easier than you think. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to earn and burn 100k with United’s MileagePlus program. To the veteran frequent flyer, 100,000 miles may seem…

Maximizing RewardsPlus with Marriott and United

In addition to offering their own programs, a variety of major travel brands run partnerships with each other to cross-promote their businesses and encourage customer loyalty. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at one such partnership: Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number…

Earn 1,000 Free United Miles for Trying a Personal Finance App

In addition to flying, one of the easiest ways to earn frequent flyer miles is through signing up for promotions that reward you with additional miles. For example, United Airlines’ dining rewards program is currently targeting MileagePlus members with up to 5,000 miles if they’re a new MileagePlus Dining member who signs up for the program. And now, you can…

Deal Alert: Chicago to Australia from $505 Round-Trip

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…

TSA PreCheck Expands to Four New Airlines

As you’ve probably heard by now, TSA security checkpoint wait times have been incredibly long in recent weeks — sometimes resulting in waits of two hours or more. It’s even gotten so bad that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has threatened to get rid of the TSA in New York-area airports, replacing…

United CEO Oscar Munoz Promises Improvements in Letter to Frequent Flyers

Frequent flyers like to hear from “their” airline’s executives, and United CEO Oscar Munoz recognizes that. United came in dead last in an important recent survey, but customers seem hopeful that the situation will improve soon. And United is making an effort. On the in-flight service front, the airline brought complimentary snacks back to domestic flights, is…

Redeem United Global Premier Upgrades on ANA Flights

One of the most generous perks of United’s Premier 1K (and top-tier status from American and Delta) is the upgrade certificates you’ll receive that let you book a lower cabin and confirm a business or first-class seat long before departure. Of course, just having the upgrade certificates doesn’t guarantee an upgrade, but if you know how…

Top Cards for May, United Status Upgrades, 100k Amex Platinum Offer 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:…

A Reminder that Hacking an Airline’s Website is Illegal

Last week, we reported that a man was sitting in a Florida jail awaiting trial for stealing American Airlines miles worth “more than $260,000,” which he allegedly redeemed for hotels and rental cars. Knowing how easy it can be to rack up points and miles, it can be tempting to break the rules of frequent flyer programs, but…