Insider Series: What It’s Really Like to Be a TSA Officer

New to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Patrick Down,” presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport, who’ll be giving us a peek behind the security line to see what it’s really like to do the often thankless job of screening passengers and their baggage before a flight. Three years ago, as a recent…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card that can be used anywhere Southwest flies in celebration of the increased 50,000 sign-up bonus for these cards. You’ll earn 50,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card. To enter this giveaway,…

Flight Review: La Compagnie Business Class, Newark to Paris

Ever since La Compagnie launched its affordable all-business-class service between Newark (EWR) and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) last summer, I’ve been curious to experience it first-hand — particularly since the airline’s now disrupting the lucrative business-class market even further by offering seemingly too-good-to-be true buy one, get one free fares along with cheap last-minute…

Hotel Review: The Fairmont San Francisco

Perched atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco has been considered one of the most elegant hotels in town since it opened in 1907 — and after his recent stay there, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan would agree … to a point. Lavishly paved in marble and gilded details, the imposing Fairmont San Francisco offers 591 guest rooms and suites, some…

Points Intervention: Personal vs. Business Credit Cards

Every week, I get a ton of reader e-mail from people asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business use or both. In this new Points Intervention series, I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

New Singapore A380 Suites and Business Class Coming in 2017

Singapore Airlines introduced a new premium-economy seat this week, but perhaps the biggest news is that the carrier’s premium-class products are about to get an overhaul. As the launch partner for the Airbus A380, Singapore first began flying its industry-leading Suites first-class seat in 2007. The airline currently flies its A380 to 14 destinations, ranging…

Credit Cards and Travel Perks for Active Duty Military

From Admirals Club access to waived baggage fees, active duty military personnel receive certain perks when traveling in and out of uniform. Just ahead of Memorial Day, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explores the benefits available to the men and women in the armed forces. The last seven years of my life have never provided a dull moment. Since joining the…