Avoiding Bag Fees, TPG’s New Vlog, Defeating Basic Economy and More

May 11, 2019

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Airlines Collected $4.9 Billion in Bag Fees Last Year. Here’s How to Avoid Being Part of That Statistic

There’s one airline — and a few cards — that’ll spare you that cost.

Watch Now: The Points Guy Launches Official Vlog Series

People always ask what it’s like to be The Points Guy. Here’s the answer.

Cheerful young female business traveler places carry on luggage in overhead compartment on airplane.

How to Use Credit Cards to Defeat Basic Economy

No one really wants to board with the last group.

Fiji Airways to Operate New A350 to LA

TPG’s Brendan Dorsey breaks down how to book it.

American Airlines’ First Cramped A321 Takes to the Skies After Project Oasis Retrofit

It’s not all bad news, but it’s not all good news.

Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.

How to Book a Hyatt Resort From $86 Through Hyatt’s Latest Buy Points Promo

The valuable promotion ends June 11.

Away Mini Travel Cases Have Risen From The Dead (For A Limited Time)

The last time these were for sale they sold out, and fast.

Featured image by Caiaimage/Chris Ryan / Getty Images

Airlines Close to First ‘Substantive’ Fare Hike of 2019, Analysts Say

Major carriers Alaska Airlines, Delta and United have widely matched the increase.

Plan Your European Train Trip This Summer With Eurail’s New App

This service is great for when it’s more convenient to hop on a train than to fly.

Delta Tail Planes Salt Lake City Airport SLC

Delta’s New Program Helps Elites Earn Back Status After a Major Life Event

… So you can hop back on the status train even after those months of staying home with your newborn.

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