US Airlines Have Collected More Than $1 Billion in Bag Fees for 10 Straight Quarters

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

The US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics released some fantastic news — that is, if you’re a major shareholder in a US-based airline. A recent report from the US DOT shows that for the 10th straight quarter, US-based airlines earned in excess of $1 billion in baggage fees alone — news that’s far from fantastic …

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Close Quarters: CitizenM Bowery in New York

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

The CitizenM New York Bowery Hotel is the world’s tallest modular hotel. It’s also a beautiful, hip stay with reasonable (for NYC) rates for solo leisure travelers. Pros: genuinely warm and helpful staff, outrageously comfortable bed, speedy Wi-Fi and wall-to-wall windows. Cons: scarce amenities, pets unwelcome and don’t even think of squeezing a family into a room.

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Lifetime Choice Gold Status and Points for Military Families and Veterans

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

It usually takes many flights or hotel nights to achieve lifetime status, but programs will occasionally offer “fast-track” or limited-time offers to sidestep those requirements. One such example is right now available for our men and women in uniform: Choice Hotels is currently offering lifetime Gold elite status to to Choice Privileges members who are …

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Deal Alert: US to Maldives in Business Class For 100k Delta SkyMiles

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. If you’ve been speculatively hoarding Delta SkyMiles in hopes of redeeming them for a trip of a lifetime, most of your friends have likely …

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Grandpa Points: The Best Travel Destination in the United States

Written by Buddy Smith @ The Points Guy

As 2018 rushes toward the new year, organizations take pause to honor their own for jobs well done. Across many spectrums, we hear winners announced and praised for being ” The Best” or “The Favorite” or “The Most PopuIar.” Sports, entertainment, travel and industry all participate in this annual recognition and trophy presentation. Just as …

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Enjoy Your Pre-Flight Business Meal in Renovated Air France New York-JFK Lounge

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Air France can fly from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) in less than seven hours. Throw in half an hour of announcements, an hourlong breakfast and a 75-minute dinner service, and you’re left with little more than a cat nap — not exactly ideal for waking up refreshed and eager to take on the …

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Delta Doubles Down on Boston: Bigger Sky Club and New Routes

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

When Delta deems your local airport a “focus city,” watch out — the airline has shown time and time again that it’s willing to put in the effort to become a go-to carrier when it senses the market calling. As Delta has done in Seattle (SEA) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU), it’s planning to put yet another …

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Something for Everyone: The Oneworld Los Angeles Lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

The 600-seat Oneworld Los Angeles lounge in TBIT at LAX mainly serves Oneworld business-class passengers and Sapphire elites that are traveling long-haul internationally, but it’s also open to Norweign’s premium customers. Pros: fast Wi-Fi, ample seating options, large children’s area and good wine selection. Cons: can be noisy and limited high-quality food options.

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It’s About to Become Much More Expensive to Eat at the Phoenix Airport

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

It’s no secret that eating at most airport restaurants is a great deal more expensive than if you were to eat at a similar restaurant on the street. This is because vendors know that once passengers pass through the secured area, we become captive consumers. Our choices are immediately limited and restaurants and retailers take advantage …

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AA Adds Two More Partners for Online Booking, Doubling Number in Under 3 Months

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Back in August, American Airlines AAdvantage members noticed that five award partners were suddenly available for booking online (Cathay Pacific, Malaysian, SriLankan, Qatar and LATAM). When AA discovered this, the functionality was quickly removed and an AA spokesperson noted that the website “incorrectly displayed award bookings.” But that statement ended with a pledge: Making more …

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Delta Rushes to Add Flights to American Airlines Hubs for College Football Playoffs

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

You know what they say: go where the demand takes you, even if it’s into enemy territory. Or, something like that. Delta has become the first of the major US carriers to publicize increased service between destinations that it doesn’t typically link up in advance of this year’s College Football Playoff. In all, Delta is adding …

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Tried and True in Blue: JetBlue Economy on the A321 From San Diego to JFK

Written by Sarah Silbert @ The Points Guy

Ever since I stepped off the United elite status hamster wheel a few years ago, JetBlue has been my go-to airline for traveling from New York to visit family in San Diego. And I haven’t looked back: The generous legroom in economy, the live TV on board and the consistent cleanliness and modern feel of JetBlue …

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Act Fast: Business Class Round-Trip Between New York and Nice, France for $1,200

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

As we’ve seen with United’s new year-round service between San Francisco (SFO) and Tahiti (PPT), there’s a surefire way to make an entrance into a market: low prices. Even if you’ve never heard of La Compagnie, the business class-only airline that so far only shuttles passengers between New York/Newark (EWR) and Paris (ORY), you may …

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Here’s What We Learned From Delta’s Product Developer for the A220

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

The Airbus A220, which will be eternally AKA’d as the Bombardier CS100, is poised to be a game changer for passengers. Delta is the first US carrier to take delivery of the aircraft, and will become first to shuttle passengers on it when inaugural flights depart Boston (BOS), New York (LGA) and Dallas (DFW) on …

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Off The Beaten Path in Veracruz, Mexico

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Mexico can invoke …

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Review: LaGuardia’s New Terminal B Creates a Tale of Two Airports for Passengers

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Many passengers thought the day would never come, but it has. The first new concourse in the multi-billion dollar overhaul of the “third-worldly” New York-LaGuardia Airport (LGA) opened to the public Saturday morning. Though just 11 of the airport’s 72 gates are currently housed within the new space, the concourse gave passengers a glimpse at what’s …

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