American to fly 777s between New York and Los Angeles, widebodies between several other cities

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

American Airlines will run several widebodies on domestic routes connecting major hubs, including New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX), and Los Angeles and San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago (ORD). The routes were first reported by potus18 on FlyerTalk. As potus18 found, the New York to Los Angeles flight will operate on a Boeing 777 …

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Amex Membership Rewards vs Chase Ultimate Rewards: Which is the best?

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards are two of the most popular transferable points currencies with travel enthusiasts. When you have these points in your arsenal, you can redeem them for breathtaking redemptions in places like the Maldives and family vacations in Bora Bora. Both programs offer numerous travel rewards credit cards and …

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Delta award flash sale: Flights to South America from 20,000 SkyMiles R/T

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Delta is back with a fabulous award flash sale from cities like New York (JFK) and Atlanta (ATL) to South American destinations like Bogota (BOG) and Quito (UIO). The deals start at around 20,000 SkyMiles plus taxes round-trip in Main Cabin and some deals are even nonstop. Don’t wait to book, as these tickets expire …

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Big World of Hyatt changes: Peak and off-peak pricing start date, award category shifts and more

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

World of Hyatt announced several significant changes to its loyalty program and award chart today, Feb. 12, in addition to adding new properties under its umbrella. Hyatt has long been a fan favorite among award travelers — and TPG — thanks to reasonably low award rates and an unrivaled focus on the guest experience, especially …

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Sisters of the Skies: Honoring Black women in aviation

As an #avgeek, I’m always in awe of pilots. I think about how they keep the skies safe and provide comfortable flying experiences for passengers every day, while dealing with delays, rude passengers and sometimes low pay. I think about their critical responsibilities as they hurtle passengers through the skies at hundreds of miles an …

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Incredible deal alert: Fly Qsuite to Europe for as low as $2,156 round-trip

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

If flying Qatar’s Qsuite business class is on your list, then you may want to read this. We’re seeing round-trip flights from several U.S. cities to Europe (via Doha) on Qatar for under $2,200 round-trip. That’s right: you can fly Qsuite at a fraction of the normal paid ticket price. Qsuite is considered the best …

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Deal alert: Fly nonstop to London starting at just $316 round-trip

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

If you’re thinking about visiting London this spring, we have some new deals for you. We’re seeing nonstop flights around the U.S., from cities like New York, Orlando and Los Angeles to London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports starting at just $316 round-trip. We first spotted the deals from Boston at The Flight Deal. Sign up …

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New York residents have been banned from enrolling in Global Entry: 6 of your burning questions answered

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

If you’re a New Yorker who has put off applying for Global Entry, we have bad news for you: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Feb. 5 announced it would immediately bar New York state residents from enrolling in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs because of a new law passed by the …

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Deal alert: Flights to the Caribbean and Latin America from 16k SkyMiles R/T

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Delta is back with another flash sale, this time to parts of the Caribbean, Central America and South America starting at just 16,000 SkyMiles round-trip. Expect to pay around $100 in taxes and fees. We’re seeing deals originating from major Delta hubs including New York (JFK), Raleigh (RDU) and Portland (PDX) to Nassau (NAS), St. …

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American Airlines AAdvantage removes earning, converting partnership with 3 hotel chains

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

If you’re an American Airlines flyer who frequently converts hotel points to AA miles or earns miles from stays, I have some bad news for you. Starting April 1, 2020, American AAdvantage members will no longer be able to earn AAdvantage miles on stays or convert hotel points to AAdvantage miles with Hilton, Best Western …

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TAP Portugal flash sale: Fly lie-flat to Europe starting at $1,615 R/T

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

TAP Portugal is running a fantastic 20% off sale on all of its economy and business class flights from now until February 5. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more travel tips! We’re seeing several transatlantic deals for under $400 round-trip, and even some deals to Africa for around $500, but you’re …

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In need of a refresh: Review of Swiss economy class from Geneva to New York on the A330

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Late last year, I joined a few TPG colleagues on a life-changing PeaceJam trip to Monrovia, Liberia. We held workshops to help young people create a business. We spent time learning with two Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Leymah Gbowee, who led a women’s movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War, …

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‘Days of Noah’s Ark in the air’ ending? Drastic new support animal rules on the table

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Big changes could be on the way for travelers hoping to fly with support animals. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing several changes addressing service animals and emotional support animals (ESAs) on passenger flights. The DOT wants to update its definition of “service animal” to include only dogs individually trained to do work or …

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Delta flash sale: Domestic first class tickets from $177 round-trip

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

It pays to check your email, often. That’s how I found about Delta’s amazing new flash sale, this time on round-trip domestic tickets. We’re seeing round-trip short-haul tickets starting at just $177 round-trip. The deals are for April 2020 travel and are available from many cities served by Delta nationwide, including Boston (BOS), Seattle (SEA) …

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Delta mileage run deal alert: Fly premium economy to Asia starting at $838 R/T

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

We’re seeing great Delta Premium Select deals — some nonstop — to Asia starting at $838 round-trip. The deals appear to be available from January through June 2020. The deals are available from major U.S. cities served by Delta to cities such as Shanghai (PVG), Mumbai (BOM) and Seoul (ICN). Sign up for the free …

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This airline just increased bag fees to $35, the highest in the U.S.

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

JetBlue Airways today quietly increased checked bag fees for many passengers, giving it the most expensive fee for that service among major U.S. airlines. You’ll now pay $35 for your first checked bag not only if you’re flying JetBlue’s basic economy, Blue Basic, but also if you are flying either Blue or Blue Extra. You’ll …

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