TPG Readers Share Their Experiences with TSA’s SSSScarlet Letter

I’ve found myself in quite the predicament following my recent trip to Istanbul. After returning back home to the US and taking a week off from travel, I was back on the road — this time taking a short flight between New York and Nantucket. I was expecting an uneventful trip, but something unexpected happened. My boarding…

Your FICO Score and Which Credit Cards Offer It Free

Building a good credit score is important if you want to get approved for the best travel rewards cards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains the significance of your FICO score, and which credit cards can help you track it to better maintain your credit rating. After a Social Security number, a FICO credit score is perhaps the most important number assigned to Americans,…

How to Leverage Elite Status with Airline Alliances

From premier access and priority boarding to finger foods in luxe airport lounges, elite status can make a big difference in your airport experience. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse looks at the elite benefits offered by the three major airline alliances, along with how to earn status in each one. We’re all familiar with American, Delta and United…

9 Sweet Apple Treats for Fall

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. Now that summer is (almost) over, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne gets to the core of nine delicious apple desserts to help you welcome autumn with a smile….

The Award Traveler’s Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains everything award travelers need to know about one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs: Hyatt Gold Passport. When you’re choosing a loyalty program, there are a few key features to look for: a quality product, valuable points, worthwhile elite benefits and a variety of lucrative earning and redemption options. Hyatt…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Express Gift Card

We’re offering a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card for this week’s Thursday Giveaway, in honor of the current limited time offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. Through September 14th, new cardholders can earn a sign-up bonus of 30,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. That’s enough for…

Ghost Airports: Unfinished, Abandoned or Forgotten

Airports are typically lively places — full of activity, bustle and people zooming from place to place. Or, at least, they should be. Today, TPG Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at several airports that… didn’t quite pan out. Scattered all over the world are the bones of airports that have been hilariously overbuilt, abandoned, left…

6 Snazzy Hotel Brands for Millennial-Centric Stays

“Millennial” is one of the biggest buzzwords in travel, since this segment makes up a quarter of the US population and spends billions per year on travel-related activities. For the last few years, major players on the hotel landscape have been molding their latest brands to home in on this market, with tech-savvy offerings, design-heavy social spaces and…

Premium Class Comparison on the World’s Longest Flights

If you’re going to redeem miles for a premium flight, you might as well enjoy the onboard amenities for more than a few hours. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen takes a look at ten routes that help you maximize the first or business-class experience. Last month, Emirates announced that it will launch new nonstop…