How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

What Is US Airways Preferred Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at US Airways Dividend Miles Preferred status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Over the…

Why Does AA Charge More than US Airways for the Same Flight?

TPG reader Theresa tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Why does American Airlines charge more than US Airways for the exact same flight?” To the common eye, airline fares don’t make any sense. Why would three flights connecting be cheaper than one of those segments alone? Why do shorter flights cost more than longer flights? Airline…

Last-Minute Holiday Award Flights – Still Time To Book!

 Haven’t made any holiday plans yet? Even if you dream of flying somewhere far-flung, there is still time to book some last-minute awards this holiday season, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to do a quick search of the options. Here is what he found. The holidays are the busiest travel time of…

American Unveils Lucrative Bonus Mileage Promotion for 2015

Today, American Airlines announced a 2015 mileage promotion that will offer bonus miles to AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members for eligible first and business class fares. This is huge for those who fly American and pay for premium fares and frankly I’m surprised that it isn’t targeted and lasts the entire year. In a jab…

Should I Buy up to American Executive Platinum Elite Status?

TPG reader Al sent me a message on Facebook asking: “US Airways just quietly posted their revised buy-up to elite program, which is pretty close if not identical to American’s boost program. Do you think it’s worth it to buy up for higher elite status?” It’s December, which means it’s crunch time for elite status….

What Will Happen to My US Airways Dividend Miles in 2015?

TPG reader @MrMainStreet tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Are Dividend Miles going away with the US Airways/AA merger? Do we need to spend them before Quarter Two?” People get nervous about airline mergers, as there always seem to be winners and losers. American Airlines recently announced that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles loyalty programs will merge in…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about…