25% American Express Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic

Though not as high as recent transfer bonuses of 30-35%, American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards including the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay cards, is offering a 25% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic for the month of April. Instead of the normal 1:1 transfer ratio, when you transfer 1,000…

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Announce New Summer Schedule

Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced their new summer flying schedule, which calls for up to 39 daily transatlantic flights between the United Stated and the United Kingdom between the two carriers. A few years ago, the two airlines launched a partnership which includes frequent flier benefits, including the ability to redeem SkyMiles for Virgin Atlantic flights, and they’ve…

Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in…

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Experience LHR-JFK

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

What’s the Best Strategy to Upgrade on US – UK Flights?

TPG reader Ryan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “If you’re not the most frequent traveler, but travel between the US and UK occasionally, what’s the best strategy for upgrading from Economy to Business class?” It’s getting harder and harder to use miles to upgrade these days. More business travelers are back on the road on those…

Top Airlines to Fly International Economy Class

While many frequent flyers daydream about aspirational premium class awards, there are plenty of international economy options that will get you from A to B happily and at a fraction of the cost. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options. Let’s be honest; we’d all rather be sitting in the front…

Guide to Bidding on Flight Upgrades for Premium Seats

I’m 6’7″, so I have long been a fan of flying business and first class, especially on longer international flights. Even if you don’t have the cash or miles on hand to pay for premium classes outright, you do have other options to get a seat near the front of the boat. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

Virgin Atlantic Added as Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

Last summer, Citi ramped up the value of their ThankYou Rewards program by adding 8 new transfer partners (including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles) along with Flying Blue shortly after. While most of these Asian/Middle Eastern frequent flyer programs are not as lucrative as programs based in North America, there are still great values to be had,…

Best American Express Membership Rewards Redemptions

Earlier this week, American Express launched two very lucrative sign-up bonus offers via the Card Match Tool, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round-up some of the best ways to maximize the Amex Membership Rewards points these cards will earn you. Amex launched some lucrative offers this week on two of its…