Dreaming of an African safari: How I’ll book my bucket-list trip to Tanzania on miles and points

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

With our feet planted firmly on the ground lately, the TPG team has had plenty of time to dream about traveling again. For me, there are the usual summer plans, like getting back to the Big Apple, lazing on a beach in Spain or going to Denmark for dinner. But with all this time to …

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10 unusual ways airlines repatriated stranded citizens and delivered coronavirus medical supplies

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has already had significant impacts on the global aviation industry. Plummeting demand from passengers, combined with rapidly changing travel restrictions, has forced many airlines to either drastically reduce their networks or temporarily suspend operations altogether. There are still thousands of travelers and expats stranded abroad who feel increasing urgency to try …

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Canceled flight? How to understand and use a British Airways Future Travel Voucher

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

If you’ve canceled upcoming travel booked through British Airways because of coronavirus and its associated travel restrictions, you may have received a credit voucher for the amount you originally spent, which BA calls a Future Travel Voucher. It’s important to note that if BA canceled your flight, rather than you doing the canceling, you are …

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Understanding the differences between Virgin Atlantic’s 3 economy fare types

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic offers three different cabins on its aircraft: economy, premium economy and Upper Class (its version of business class). But did you know its economy cabin offers three very different fare types? For starters, all three economy fare types include the following, which you would expect from a full-service Virgin Atlantic flight: A seat …

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Which flights count as ‘qualifying flights’ for British Airways elite status?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The British Airways Executive Club program has four different elite status levels, each with a different number of Tier Points required to be flown to earn that status: Blue — The level where everyone starts; Bronze — Achieved after 300 Tier Points earned in a membership year; Silver — Achieved after 600 Tier Points earned …

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UKs largest domestic airline bankrupt; Flybe collapses with all flights cancelled – here’s what you need to know

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The largest domestic airline in the United Kingdom, Flybe, has ceased all operations, entering into the British equivalent of bankruptcy effective immediately. The Independent newspaper reports that the airline’s more than 2,000 staff now face an uncertain future with all flights from Thursday March 5, 2020 and onwards cancelled, and the entire fleet of more …

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How to book Qatar Airways flights with points and miles

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Qatar Airways has an excellent reputation amongst travelers worldwide. TPG has awarded its Qsuite business-class product as the best business class in the world, and its economy class and first class (found only on its A380s) is also very highly regarded. Approaching perfection: A review of Qatar Airways’ Qsuite business class on the 777-300ER, Doha …

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You can now redeem Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for Air France and KLM flights

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program just received a great boost — starting today, Feb. 13, 2020, you can redeem Virgin Atlantic miles on flights operated by Air France and KLM, following the further implementation of their joint venture agreement. There’s quite a bit to unpack here, so here’s what you need to know. For more …

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