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…

Credit Cards That Get You Free Checked Baggage

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Checking a bag doesn’t have to cost you. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, there are plenty of credit card options (for a variety of airlines) that entitle you — and even…

How To Book Award Flights with Virgin America

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use Virgin America Elevate miles to book the flights you want. It’s hard to believe that it’s been…

6 Credit Card Strategies for Meeting Your Award Travel Goals

With so many great points and miles credit cards available, it can be hard to know where to start. With newer award travelers in mind, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele walks through several popular redemption goals and outlines the best credit cards for each of them. Are you new to the award…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…