Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for 2016

If you’re looking to leverage an airline elite status match or challenge, it can be hard to keep track of all the options out there. To help simplify things, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you through the major carriers’ current offerings below. It seems hard to believe, but we’re almost through…

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…

Airlines Collected Over $3.8 Billion in Baggage Fees in 2015

After topping $1 billion for the first quarter ever in Q3 2015, US-based airline baggage fees dropped to “just” $958 million in the 4th quarter of 2015. However, for the full year of 2015, airlines reported over $3.8 billion in revenue from baggage fees — the most reported in any year. Here’s the list of the airlines that collected the…

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 Elevate Offers New Status Match/Challenge

Attention elite flyers: Virgin America recently began offering loyalists of American, Delta, United and Southwest the chance to sign up for a status match and enroll in a challenge for its Elevate program. Here’s how the match/challenge breaks down: Elevate Silver Elevate Gold American Gold Platinum, Executive Platinum Delta Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion Platinum Medallion, Diamond Medallion United Premier…

Sir Richard Branson Talks Virgin America, Points Programs & More

At an event celebrating new Virgin America service to Denver, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele had a chance to sit down with Sir Richard Branson. Read on for his interview, which touches on the importance of loyalty programs, customer experience and more.  Virgin America recently launched service to Denver, and to commemorate…

Get Unlimited Changes to Your Itinerary with Virgin America

Change fees are one of the worst parts of booking flights. You never know when something will come up — and there’s not much you can do to get around paying. It’s also one of the reasons that dealing with Southwest can be such a pleasure. Virgin America is the latest airline to offer such a…

Credit Cards That Get You Elite-Like Airline Benefits

Maybe you failed to qualify for your airline’s elite status this year? Or perhaps you occasionally need to travel on carriers that you don’t hold elite status with? Don’t worry; TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele is here to show you how the right credit card can offer you many of the same benefits that come along elite…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q3 2015

This week, the Department of Transportation released baggage fee revenue for Q3 2015. For the first quarter ever, baggage fees collected by US-based airlines topped $1 billion. The ~$1,018,892,000 in baggage fees collected during the quarter is more than a $59 million (6%) increase from the previous high-water mark set in the third quarter of 2014. American Airlines — now combined with US…