Virgin America Partners with ScoreBig for Entertainment Awards

Virgin America just announced a partnership with live-event ticket marketplace ScoreBig. By doing so, the airline is following in the footsteps of many rewards programs that have begun focusing on experiences and entertainment, including Brian’s favorite, SPG Moments. This new partnership allows Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program members to earn up to 10 points per…

10 Ways to Use the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Sign-Up Bonus

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses can be for earning award travel, but it’s important to understand how to redeem those points once you get them. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some great uses for the sign-up bonus from one popular Amex Membership Rewards card. American Express made some big changes…

Deal Alert: West Coast Flights from $76 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…

Take a Vow: Best US Hotels for Gay Weddings

With gay marriage now legal in 36 states plus the District of Columbia, same-sex couples can get hitched from north to south and east to west. TPG Contributor Drew Limsky leads you down the aisle to some of the best resorts and hotels for getting your gay (or straight, should you be so inclined) wedding party on.   …

Is Virgin America Going To Expand to Hawaii?

Per WallStreet.org, it appears that Virgin America may be considering launching service to Hawaii in the near future. Currently, Virgin America has west coast hubs in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, so most likely the service to Hawaii would launch from those cities. However, when it comes to Hawaii, the competition is fierce. Currently from Los Angeles, Allegiant Air, American…

Virgin America Cuts Fuel Surcharges on Virgin Australia

In a bit of good news for award travelers, Virgin America has stopped adding fuel surcharges to awards on partner Virgin Australia. On a mileage basis, Virgin America’s Elevate program has long offered reasonably priced awards on Virgin Australia; however, those awards have previously incurred hefty fuel surcharges (in the $800 range), making the overall value pretty terrible. Without those…

Earning Miles with Airline Business Frequent Flyer Programs

Today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains airline business loyalty programs, and how you can benefit by signing up. Most points and miles enthusiasts know the names of domestic airline loyalty programs. SkyMiles, AAdvantage, MileagePlus, and Rapid Rewards are like the ABC’s of award travel, but I’d bet that most of you are less familiar with SkyBonus, Business Extra, PerksPlus, and SWABIZ….

10 Airline Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Airline schedules and travel plans aren’t set in stone, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which airline apps are making it to easier to update your itinerary, access flight information, and more when you’re away from home. In my travels, I find one of the…