Comparing Premium Transcontinental Service Across Carriers

All the major US-based airlines offer premium-cabin products for flights across the country, but not all of them are created equal. To help you find the best seat on your next coast-to-coast itinerary, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele sizes up the various options. Did you know that the flight from Boston to…

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…

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…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…

May Monthly Valuations, Reviewing United’s Island Hopper, A JetBlue Status Challenge 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:…

Deal Alert: West Coast to Hawaii from $378 Round-Trip on Virgin America

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…

Virgin America Tweaks Its Elevate Program in Favor of Flyers

Update: An earlier version of this post detailed the new bonus points-earning level for Elevate Gold at 120%, however, there was a typo in the original Virgin America email to Elevate members. This post has been updated to reflect the actual Elevate Gold bonus level of 140%. Alaska Airlines recently announced it was acquiring Virgin America, and…

Virgin America to Start Charging for ViaSat Wi-Fi Service

Earlier this month, Alaska Airlines confirmed that it would be acquiring Virgin America — a deal worth roughly $4 billion. And while we don’t know too much about the acquisition as of yet, we do know one change that Virgin will be making to its product before the acquisition is near finalization. Starting later this month,…

Virgin America is Now a Transfer Partner of SPG

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express The Starwood Preferred Guest program is continuing its expansion — this time, by adding a new transfer partner in Virgin America. This is an interesting addition,…