Surprise and (Mostly) Delight: Across the Atlantic in Business Class on Air Europa’s 787-8

Written by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

TPG employees are no strangers to doing crazy travel-related stunts. Hawaii for 12 hours? Yep. Singapore for even less? Absolutely. However, I recently embarked on one of my crazier trips since I started working here just over three years ago. As the trip grew closer, my parents and friends would ask, “Where are you going …

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Proper British Jolly: British Airways’ 777 in First Class From London to Abu Dhabi

Written by Nicky Kelvin @ The Points Guy

In anticipation of the official launch of TPG UK that’s now just days away, the team here in London decided to the launch the site with a splash: Send four people on the same British Airways flight to review all four classes of service. How’d we decide? Drawing straws, of course. I was lucky enough to …

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Transatlantic Steal: A Review of Iberia’s A330 in Business From Madrid to Boston

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

After a quick spring getaway to Mallorca, Spain, it was time to return stateside. Naturally, my first choice was to fly the Spanish flag carrier, Iberia, via its hub in Madrid. Iberia is known for offering some of the most competitive award redemption rates between the US and Europe — especially for off-peak flights on its …

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Doing the 6-Time-Zone Shuffle: A Review of Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 in First Class From Boston to Honolulu

Written by Wallace Cotton @ The Points Guy

Under most circumstances, flying over 11 hours nonstop across six time zones means you’re flying internationally. On Hawaiian Airlines’ newest nonstop, from Boston to Honolulu, on what is now the longest US domestic flight in history, this isn’t the case. On Friday, April 5, Hawaiian Airlines broke its own record for the longest domestic nonstop …

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Flying (Almost) Private (Almost) to Telluride and Back: A Review of Boutique Air

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Flying Boutique Air (almost) to Telluride and back was chaotic, unusual and so much fun — all at once. Pros: Convenience that you can’t beat, private jet feeling and friendly staff. Cons: Disorganized both in Denver and Telluride, and you may not actually end up in Telluride.

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New Neo: A Review of American Airlines’ A321neo in Economy From Phoenix to Orlando

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

On February 1, American Airlines took delivery of the first of 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft. After two months of extensive testing, certification and training, the plane entered service on April 2 with flights from Phoenix to Orlando and back. To check out every aspect of the new bird, I booked the flight both ways. I …

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Not-So-Premium Economy: A Review of United’s Premium Plus Cabin From Newark to Hong Kong

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Some two years after introducing its Polaris business-class product on international flights — you know, the “real” Polaris, with the new 1-2-1 seats — United Airlines has launched Premium Plus, a true premium-economy product now available on select long-haul international routes. Booking Naturally, I wanted to review one of the first flights, so I booked …

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Coach With a Kid: Flying United’s 787 in Economy Plus Between Washington, D.C. and Paris

Written by Dia Adams @ The Points Guy

United mostly hits the mark for families looking to cross the Atlantic together. Pros: Plenty of legroom in Economy Plus, comfortable seats, especially for afternoon flights, wide variety of IFE for kids of all ages. Cons: Child dining options could leave older kids both bored and hungry, lavatory options for younger kids deficient both in the air and on the ground.

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Consistently Inconsistent: American Airlines in Business Class on the 777-300ER From New York to London

Written by Nicky Kelvin @ The Points Guy

In the last several months, I’ve been traveling very frequently between my home in London and TPG headquarters in New York City. While I’ve gotten to try a number of transatlantic products, I’m partial to the Oneworld alliance, so I’ve jumped at the chance to hop on board the nonstop British Airways or American Airlines flights. …

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Perfectly Forgettable: A Review of Comfort+ on a Delta A321 From New York to Orlando, Florida

Written by Scott Mayerowitz @ The Points Guy

The bulk of my journeys are domestic flights of around three hours. There’s not much glamour here. Once you have flow international first class — I’m still savoring the memories of sushi and wagyu beef from my Japan Airlines flight in October — there’s not much on a domestic trip that can wow you. For …

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Upper Deck Economy: A Review of British Airways’ A380 From San Francisco to London

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Airbus’ A380 program may be coming to an end, but there are still plenty of options for flying on the world’s largest passenger plane. One such options is British Airways, which even has some economy seats on the upper deck. I’ve flown this aircraft twice now in economy — unintentionally in the exact same seat …

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From Hawaii With LUV: A Review of Southwest’s 737-800 From Honolulu to Oakland

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Although Sunday was Southwest’s big debut bash for its inaugural flight to Hawaii, Monday also marked a first for the Pacific island newbie: its first passenger flight back from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California. Flight WN6569 was the inaugural Southwest return. Even though it didn’t have quite as much pomp and circumstance as the leg …

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16 Rows of Biz: Reviewing Polaris on United’s ‘High-J’ 767-300ER

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

This week, United surprised frequent flyers with an especially exciting aircraft swap. Rather than flying to (and back from) London Heathrow (LHR) on the usual 30-biz-seat Boeing 767-300ER, customers found themselves in a far larger 46-seat Polaris cabin — instantly adding more than a dozen upgrade seats and marking the first flight of the airline’s …

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Great Plane, Bad Sandwich: A Review of Norwegian’s 787-8 in Economy From New York to Stockholm

Written by Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

This past August, I jumped on the unique opportunity to fly from New York-JFK to London Gatwick on an former Singapore Airlines A380 with a Norwegian Air ticket. In doing so, I not only got to cross the Atlantic in Singapore’s old first-class suites extremely cheaply but also earned a decent number of CashPoints (the currency of Norwegian’s loyalty …

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This Old Bird’s Still All Right: A Review of British Airways 747-400 Economy, San Francisco to London

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Even though I’ve crossed the Atlantic dozens of times in the past few years, it’d been a while since I’d flown in economy one of the biggest transatlantic players: British Airways. So, I jumped on booking a flight when I got a flight-deal alert for a cheap British Airways flight from San Francisco to Berlin. …

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Brand-New Bird, in Biz: A Review of TAP Air Portugal’s A330-900neo From Lisbon to São Paulo

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

It’s always exciting when a new aircraft is introduced to the world. Airbus rolled out its first A330-900neo last year, introducing a wide-body aircraft with longer range and better fuel efficiency that will likely become a workhorse in many carriers’ fleets. TAP Air Portugal was the aircraft’s launch customer — the neo was delivered to …

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No Nonsense: A Review of LATAM’s A350 in Coach From São Paulo to New York

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

  The Airbus A350 made its commercial debut in 2015, and now nearly 250 are in the sky. It’s starting to become a long-haul workhorse for many airlines because of its fuel-efficient design. It’s not only popular for airlines, but passengers have found flying in the jet more enjoyable because of its oversized windows, relatively wide …

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To Morocco, In Style: A Review of Royal Air Maroc’s 787-9 in Business From NYC to Casablanca

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

Royal Air Maroc shared massive news in December: The airline would be joining some of the world’s largest carriers, like American Airlines and British Airways, in the Oneworld alliance, officially becoming a member-elect in 2020. Royal Air Maroc flies from its hub in Casablanca to two US destinations including New York-JFK and Dulles Airport in …

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