Deal Alert: Fly Singapore Business Class for Half the Usual Miles

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. Singapore Airlines offers one of the most extravagant experiences in the sky for those flying in its forward cabins, and even those situated in premium economy and …

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Great News for Delta Mileage Runners: Vietnamese Airlines Can Now Fly to the US

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Vietnam Airlines voiced its support for a nonstop flight to Los Angeles (LAX) back in 2016. The only problem? International carriers need the Federal Aviation Administration’s blessing to fly from their home nation into the United States. This week the FAA announced that “Vietnam complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 …

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Delta’s Upgrade with Miles Earns MQM Bonus — Here’s How it Works

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

In late 2018, Delta CEO Ed Bastian got his wish as SkyMiles seat upgrades went live. He’s been on a steady march to give Delta passengers more ways to burn their miles, though many of those offer a poor value compared to exchanging SkyMiles for a free award seat. I’ve seen Delta offer upgrades from …

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Virgin Voyages: New Details on Loyalty Program, Secret Destination and More

Written by Melanie Lieberman @ The Points Guy

Sir Richard Branson has never been on a cruise. Yet on Thursday, Feb. 14, reservations opened for Branson’s very own cruise line, Virgin Voyages. Since he was 27, Branson has dreamt about creating a cruise ship he would actually like to sail on. During a morning press conference, moderated by The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly, at …

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9 Tips for Proposing on an Airplane

Written by Katie James Watkinson @ The Points Guy

Popping the question at 35,000 feet is a surefire way to impress your potential spouse and, possibly, go viral on Reddit. Whether or not you’re revealing an egg-sized sparkler (a là “Crazy Rich Asians”), an inflight proposal is an easy way to dazzle your soulmate — especially if you’re both serious AvGeeks. On-board proposals have …

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You Only Get One First: How to Make Your Baby’s First Flight Special

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

You can only have your first flight once, so it’s worth doing everything you can to make it as memorable as possible. Of course, if it’s your newborn’s first flight that burden of responsibility shifts to the adult in charge. With more than 900 flights under my belt and a million (and counting) miles flown on …

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California Halts High-Speed Train — Ride These Fast Trains Instead

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

California’s bullet train system is on hiatus until further notice. In his first State of the State address Tuesday, California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, scaled back plans for the Golden State’s high-speed rail project, saying that construction was costing far too much due to issues along the way. “Let’s level about the high-speed rail,” Newsom told assembly …

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The 5 AvGeek Love Languages: ‘Suite’ Gestures From Frequent Flyers

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Score! Hours before your flight departs, you get the long-awaited message: You’ve received a complimentary upgrade on your upcoming transcontinental flight. You look up from your phone screen … into the eyes of your sweetheart, waiting to share your joy. Awkward. What do you do when you score an upgrade, but your travel companion doesn’t? …

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Visit These 17 Incredible Philippine Islands Before Everyone Else

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

Looking for a dreamy island getaway where you an escape the wintry weather? Palawan and Boracay probably come to mind, as they’ve grown rapidly in popularity. While these islands have stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, they’ve also become severely overtouristed. But there are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines — and many have the …

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7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for AvGeeks and Frequent Flyers

Written by Alyssa Cerchiai @ The Points Guy

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, but there’s no need to panic over what you’re getting your significant other. We’ve compiled a selection of quick, easy and even outright lavish gifts so you can surprise your loved one with an unforgettable token of your affection. From stylish luggage to a pair of first class flights, these travel-inspired Valentine’s …

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5 Annoying Experiences You Might Have at a Hostel and What to Do About Them

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. It’s 3am. My …

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The Best Apps for Travel

Written by Lori Zaino @ The Points Guy

When it comes to vacation, travelers are relying on their smartphones more than ever, not only as a source of inspiration but for booking and logistics as well. Luckily, there are plenty of apps built to help with everything from day-of hotel bookings to last-minute flight changes, replace heavy guidebooks and foreign-language dictionaries, and simply provide …

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The Country’s Top Chefs Would Fly Across the World for These 6 Culinary Experiences

Written by Rachel Tepper Paley @ The Points Guy

We’re partnering with Capital One on our Purposeful Travel Hub. If you have unique ways you like to pay it forward when you travel or just love exploring new places with family and friends, we want to hear about it. Share your most treasured travel moments and purposeful travel tips with us using #MeaningfulMoments. There are plenty of …

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