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This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. Thanks to a new warmth in U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relation, Cuba could soon be far more open to American travelers. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The island of Cuba is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, but it has been 54 years since most U.S. citizens could legally travel there. Yesterday, however, President Obama announced that in light of Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s agreement to release two Cuban-detained Americans (one an… Read More

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SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at… Read More

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United Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion where select MileagePlus members can earn double miles on their travel for qualifying flights now through January 31, 2015.

With this offer, targeted members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles. Qualifying fare classes include F, A, J, C, D,… Read More

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For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, Hotels.com is generously giving one lucky TPG Reader a $500 Hotels.com gift card in honor of the introduction of them offering gift cards in both the U.S. and Canada. The Hotels.com Gift Card is redeemable at over 100,000 hotels, chain properties, resorts,… Read More

Using Amex FHR to Save Big on Luxury Hotels

December 18, 2014

I’ve been an American Express Platinum cardholder for years. While the $450 annual fee is nothing to scoff at, I’m able to get way more than that in value every year. Off the bat, each calendar year you get $200 in airline reimbursements, and every 5 years you get a $100 rebate for Global Entry/TSA Pre-check. Plus, […]

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How to Redeem Avios Without Huge Fees and Surcharges

December 18, 2014

Surcharges and fees are the scourge of award travel enthusiasts, but since they’re unlikely to be going away anytime soon, learning how to avoid them can help you make the most of your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers strategies for getting around these extra costs on one of the more egregious offenders: British Airways. British Airways […]

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New American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport

December 17, 2014

American Express has recently been opening up a bunch of their own airport lounges, known as the Amex Centurion Lounges. I had the opportunity to attend the Lounge Preview of the San Francisco location last month, and I’ve been impressed with other locations in New York LaGuardia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Las Vegas. Amex also recently announced plans for a Centurion Studio Lounge in […]

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Europe’s Best Christmas Markets

December 17, 2014

Headed to Europe to enjoy the wonder of the holiday season? Then read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino and TPG Contributor Lane Nieset share their picks for the most dazzling Christmas markets on the Continent.  Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Christmas Market November 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily Set in […]

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Delta Medallions Receive Hertz Elite Status Benefit

December 17, 2014

We’ve written extensively about Delta changing their Skymiles program for 2015, and most of the changes have been negative. However, Delta promised that there was “more to come” and one of those new additions is a partnership with Hertz, allowing Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members to enjoy complimentary elite status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards […]

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Last Chance: Chase Freedom 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

December 17, 2014

As I’ve written about before, I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however, today is the last day for the increased $200 […]

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Would You Fly Malaysia Airlines?

December 17, 2014

I’m flying on Malaysia Airlines for the first time tomorrow due to a pretty cheap business class fare (and my need to requalify for American Airlines Executive Platinum!) and I have to say I’m not worried about it. However, almost everyone I’ve told has either laughed or looked at me like I’m crazy for “jeopardizing my […]

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Starwood Offers SPG Members Free Internet Access

December 17, 2014

Last month, we wrote about how Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi to All Marriott Rewards Members, and speculated if other brands such as Starwood would follow suit. Our speculation paid off as Starwood just announced today that SPG members who book their stays either through SPG.com, one of their hotel brand websites, or using their SPG App, will […]

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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

December 16, 2014

Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewish populations, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne suggests a menorah’s worth of hotels to inspire celebrating the Festival of Lights […]

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Deal Alert: $44 American Airlines Flights from Chicago

December 16, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, American Airlines is running a fare sale with flights from Chicago to Orlando or Tampa starting at just $44 each way for travel in January and February. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $44, be sure to book sooner than later because typically, these fare sales usually […]

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50,000 SkyMiles Sign-Up Bonus for Amex Delta Gold Card

December 16, 2014

American Express has launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit on their Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and their Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000-35,000 SkyMiles, so the present offer for these is substantially better. These offer will be available until December 21, 2014. Here are more details of the present offers: […]

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Follow My Travels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

December 16, 2014

If you follow TPG on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may notice that I’ve been posting a lot more lately, with a lot more pictures and stories of my travels. In the past I’ve viewed social media as an alternate and more nimble way to relay information that was already available on the site. However, I’ve been greatly […]

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Credit Card Annual Spending Bonuses to Hit in 2014

December 16, 2014

As 2014 winds down, there are a lot of important award travel considerations for the end of the year, including elite status qualification, upcoming program changes, and credit card benefits to maximize before they expire. Back in January I looked at what I think are the top credit card annual spending bonuses. Most of these bonuses are based […]

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Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 16, 2014

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I […]

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IHG Acquires Kimpton Hotels to Expand Boutique Portfolio

December 16, 2014

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Kimpton Hotels just announced an agreement for IHG to acquire the Kimpton brand for a reported $430 million in cash. Kimpton, which currently has 62 properties in 28 US cities (with another 16 in the process of being added), will join existing IHG brands Hotel Indigo and EVEN Hotels (among […]

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AirAsia Drama Lands Unruly Chinese Passengers in Hot Water

December 15, 2014

Korean Air’s “nutroversy” can take a back seat this week, as it’s AirAsia’s turn to make infamous headlines. In an incident that CNN termed “hot watergate,” the combative behavior of a few Chinese passengers aboard a China-bound AirAsia flight forced the captain to return the plane to Bangkok, infuriating not only the 174 passengers and six crew members on […]

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Earn Bonus Points With IHG Rewards “Set Your Sights” Promo

December 15, 2014

Registration for the promotion begins today for the Set Your Sights IHG Rewards Club promotion that allows you to earn up to tons of bonus points. Depending on your targeted offer, you could earn between 50,000-70,000 bonus points! You must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register your member number in advance. Once you register, […]

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Gogo WiFi Benefit for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

December 15, 2014

Six months after announcing that Platinum Card members will receive complimentary, unlimited WiFi access from Boingo Wireless, American Express OPEN has announced that in 2015 (on a not yet specified date), Amex Business Platinum cardholders will receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually. These passes can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of […]

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