Ranking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Award Flights

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners interested primarily in redeeming points and miles for award flights. One of the most common concerns I hear from new…

Kind Traveler: Give to Charities When You Book Your Travel

For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid, deals-obsessed traveler — shares how you can give to your favorite charities while earning incredible travel rewards. (All images courtesy of Kind Traveler.) Launching in October 2015, new travel booking platform Kind Traveler will allow you to give to the charity of your choice as you…

Should Flyers Have to Accommodate Nut Allergies?

Welcome to Fly&Dine Tuesday, a monthly column that explores the intersection of food and travel with the help of TPG Contributor (and expert food writer) Jason Kessler of Fly&Dine, the best online source for dining while you fly. For decades, peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches filled the lunch boxes and bags of American children — but now, thanks…

Deal Alert: Flights to Cancun from $196 on AA, Delta and United

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away…

Hotel Review: Virgin Hotels Chicago

On a recent trip to the Windy City, TPG Editorial Intern Kevin Song stayed at the new — and highly anticipated — Virgin Hotels Chicago. Here’s his take on the experience. Hip mood lighting, edgy music and a certain flair for eccentricity are what flyers on the Virgin Group’s airlines — including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America…

Earn up to 4x Asia Miles on Flights to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific is now offering a pretty good deal for US residents who register and complete travel before November 30, 2015. As part of this offer, you’ll earn a bunch of Asia Miles when you travel round-trip to Hong Kong (HKG) on Cathay Pacific from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) or Vancouver…

Chase and Amtrak are Ending Their Relationship

Just last week, we reported on a new Amtrak Guest Rewards program that goes into effect January 24, 2016. After that date, you’ll still qualify for status using Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs), but the way you earn redeemable miles will change significantly – and as you could have guessed, the odds are not in your favor….

How to Book Award Flights with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles to book the flights you want. Don’t let the name fool you…

Your Points and Miles Guide to London

In the second installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to London using points and miles. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, the London Eye to Buckingham Palace, one thing’s for sure: London has a lot of sights to offer. And with more flights passing…

Amazing Deal Alert: New York to Tel Aviv for $590 on Delta

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…