Using Points and Miles for a Family Award Trip to Maui

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express Hawaii is not just a romantic destination for couples; it can actually be an outstanding place for award travelers to vacation as a family. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, but its visitors tend to…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q2

We love to help our readers avoid as many fees as possible. Using credit card benefits, checked baggage fees are some of the easiest charges to avoid. However, that hasn’t stopped airlines from hitting another new baggage fee record. From April to June 2016, US-based airlines collected over $1 billion — $1,072,856,000 to be exact — in…

7 Cards That Have Foreign Transaction Fees But Probably Shouldn’t

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card There are plenty of great travel rewards credit cards that waive foreign transaction fees, making them ideal options for your travels abroad, but there are still quite a few otherwise great options that tack on these charges. Below, TPG Senior…

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…

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…