17 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a Flight

If you don’t fly a lot, it’s easy to make costly mistakes when searching for and booking flights. And even if you’re a frequent flyer, there are pitfalls you should make sure to avoid. TPG Contributor JT Genter rounds up a list of common mistakes that you should be wary of any time you book…

Dine Out and Citi Will Donate up to $1 Million to Fight Hunger

With bad news constantly filling our news feeds, it’s heartening to hear about companies that are stepping up to make a difference. Citi is doing just that by launching a new program and donating $1 for every $5 spent at restaurants between now and December 1, 2016, to No Kid Hungry, an organization that fights children’s hunger. To participate,…

Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points for Maximum Value

With the gradual addition of some great airline transfer partners, Citi ThankYou Rewards has developed into a compelling transferable point program, offering some great redemption options. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr ranks the various ways to use your ThankYou points. More than a year ago, we looked at the best ways…

Up to 67% Bonus & 10% Off When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. Last week, American…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

Insane Deal: Business Class to Europe from $1,058 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…

How to Book Etihad Partner Award Flights, and Why It’s Worth the Effort

Etihad is known for offering great premium-cabin service, but its frequent flyer program is also a valuable option for booking award flights with a global network of partners. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through the award-booking process and shows you the best options for earning and redeeming Etihad miles. The…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in New York

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in New York City using points and miles.  Hotels in New York City are such an integral part of the city’s culture that they frequently serve as the backdrop for films, televisions shows and books. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then,…

French Air Traffic Controllers Striking Again Starting Tonight

Although there hasn’t been a strike of US Air Traffic Controllers since 1981 — when 11,345 controllers were fired for refusing to return to work — today will mark the 43rd strike day since 2009 for French Air Traffic Controllers. The strike is scheduled from 7pm Central Europe Time Wednesday until at least 6am CET Friday. There is very little published about which…

Up to 115,000 Bonus Miles When You Purchase American Airlines Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. In the wake…