Ritz-Carlton Chicago To Fully Join Brand – New Points Opportunity

The concepts of hotel ownership versus hotel management can be a bit fuzzy. One case in point is that of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, which has paid for the license to use the name Ritz-Carlton since opening in 1975, but is, in fact, a Four Seasons property at the moment. Don’t believe me? Here’s the hotel…

Deal Alert: $19 Fares on ATL-AUS, FLL-CVG, DFW-DEN and more

Frontier Airlines is having a one day sale today with flights starting at $19 for several of their routes including Atlanta-Austin; Ft. Lauderdale-Cincinnati; Dallas-Ft.Worth-Denver; Las Vegas-Denver and more for select dates this May. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $19, be sure to book sooner than later because during the past several sales that Frontier has…

FoundersCard offers $400 off Membership + No Initiation Fee

I’ve written about the various benefits of FoundersCard before, but now there’s an exclusive offer for TPG readers that beats anything you’ll find publicly available elsewhere. TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan has the full details. I’ve been a long-time FoundersCard member (in fact, I turned TPG onto the card in 2011), and I’ve found my membership to be pretty valuable. Highlights include…

Maximizing ThankYou Rewards on Cathay Pacific and Eva Air

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on several of those partners to see what kind of value they offer.  Citi recently released some great new offers for cards in…

Are Alaska’s American and Delta Perks Too Good to Last?

Alaska isn’t one of the largest domestic carriers, but it does have one of the most rewarding loyalty programs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines how its relationships with American and Delta impact the value of all three airlines for award travelers. The travel industry has seen many strange bedfellows over the…

IHG Announces Award Category Changes at 450 Locations

Earlier this month, IHG Rewards Club announced significant changes to its loyalty program that will go into effect starting in July of this year, including a new top-tier elite level and points expiration policy. What caught my eye in particular is that 450 IHG properties will be changing their award night requirements, and over the weekend…

Why I’m Off To Cuba Again (So Soon)

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’ve been wanting to head back to Cuba and explore more of this charming, complex country–the largest in the Caribbean, with newly relaxed restrictions and a lot to offer tourists aside from its capital city. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and…

Mistake Monday: The Pain in Spain

In his bimonthly series, “Mistake Monday,” TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites readers to learn from his travel mistakes—his many, many travel mistakes. Or in this case, his pain, as well. (All photos are by the writer.) Last summer, I booked a trip to Spain from my home in Los Angeles, with an outbound stopover…