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International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors… Read More

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Seasons change and new and exciting openings pop up in cities across the country. I asked Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz to tell us what’s new in Miami.
Fall is perhaps the most relaxing time to make a visit to Miami. It’s the calm before the storm of “season” and crowds (as well as hotel… Read More

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Frontier Airlines is making a push for the Phoenix market and just announced 3 new non-stop routes from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Salt Lake City, Houston, and San Francisco.

To celebrate, they’re offering a limited number of $19 fares for flights from December 2nd through January 27, 2015 on… Read More

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Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, including its earning potential, redemption options, and unique features, to see whether it deserves a place in the pantheon of award travel credit cards.
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Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

September 17, 2014

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the […]

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ExpertFlyer Adds US Airways Awards and Upgrades

September 16, 2014

Last week we wrote about how Delta forced ExpertFlyer to remove all availability and how it was such a customer unfriendly move on Delta’s part. Well, American Airlines must have taken note, since they announced today that ExpertFlyer now supports full US Airways flight availability for both awards and upgrades. ExpertFlyer posted the following on Flyertalk: As part of our […]

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Why Elite Upgrades Are Harder to Get & How To Work Around It

September 16, 2014

Earlier today, the New York Times published an article by Billy Witz titled, “Flight Upgrades Much Harder to Secure, Even for Elite Travelers,” in which I was quoted. As I point out, airline upgrades are behaving much like the rest of the economy where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, […]

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35,000 Bonus Miles on United & Air Canada to/from London

September 16, 2014

Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Air Canada are presently running a joint promotion that will allow MileagePlus and Aeroplan members to earn up to 35,000 bonus miles on non-stop flights between the US or Canada and London Heathrow (LHR). Miles can be banked to either United or Air Canada. To take advantage of this offer, you must purchase tickets in eligible fare […]

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A Snapshot on Resort Memberships: Pool, Spa, & Gym Access for Locals

September 16, 2014

Do you wish you could visit your favorite resort all the time? TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines explains how you can, by joining a resort that offers a pool and spa membership. Many resorts across the country have started to offer resort memberships for locals who want to live the resort lifestyle year round. This means members have full access […]

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Win Hyatt Gold Passport Points & Trips to New Zealand and New York

September 16, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu or Southern California. Win 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Bonus Points From MakeVegasYours.com You have five chances to win a set of 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points, and five winners will be selected at random. […]

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Using Merchant Category Codes to Maximize Bonuses

September 16, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains merchant category codes, and how understanding them can help you get the most out of category bonuses offered by your credit cards. TPG often preaches the importance of maximizing the points and miles you earn not only in your travels, but also from your day to day spending. If, for example, you spend […]

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Last Chance: 100K Ritz-Carlton Rewards & Double Elite Nights

September 15, 2014

Ritz-Calrton usually flies under the radar a bit, since you are limited to only having a Ritz-Carlton or Marriott account, but they currently a lucrative bonus offer that is going on through the end of October. If you’ve already met status requirements for the year with other chains like Hyatt or Starwood and want to expand your elite horizons, […]

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IHG Rewards Club 100% Buy Points Bonus

September 15, 2014

IHG Rewards is offering up to a 100% bonus for purchasing 50,000 or more points through September 22, 2014. IHG offers bonuses for points purchases every so often, ranging from 25% to 100%, so this is one of the better buy points promotions you’ll see from them. You can purchase points in increments of 1,000: 1,000 – 10,000 points for […]

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How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

September 15, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad […]

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10 New Things to See in L.A. This Fall

September 15, 2014

Planning an autumn trip to Los Angeles? TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne lives there, and shares her picks for the best new experiences in the City of Angels.  L.A.’s a generally laid-back city, but it can sometimes feel like it’s moving at the speed of light, with a constant flood of new restaurants, nightlife, cultural attractions and entertainment experiences to […]

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Credit Card Companion Tickets: Ins, Outs & Current Offers

September 15, 2014

 I often travel solo, but I also like sharing the road (and the skies) with friends from time to time. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the companion pass benefits available with current credit card offers, and explains the features that set them apart from one another. The credit card industry learned long ago that there are few offers […]

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How Can I Earn AAdvantage Platinum Status Besides Flying?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Tim tweeted me to ask: “‪@thepointsguy: Does American Airlines offer alternatives to obtain Executive Platinum status? If so, who do I call? I am currently an AAdvantage Platinum member.” We’re more than halfway through 2014, and I know that many elite travelers (myself included) are looking at their elite status qualification requirements, as we only […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Economy Awards to London?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Steven tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy: “I value free/low-cost economy flights to London Heathrow. On which credit card should I concentrate my spending? I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.” I usually use my miles and points to book business class flights or […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Miscellaneous Travel Expenses?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Gisele emailed me to ask: “I’m organizing a trip to Italy in the spring and would like to know if there’s a good credit card for less obvious travel expenses, such as Eurorail passes, museum tickets, tour buses, etc. I also would like to use Airbnb instead of a hotel. Do you have […]

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Should I Call if I Don’t Get Instant Credit Card Approval?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Brian asked me on Facebook: “If my online credit card application isn’t approved instantly, is there any benefit to calling the reconsideration line right away rather than waiting until I receive a yes or no decision? Would it be better to wait and then call if the decision is no?” Applying for credit cards […]

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Hotel Review: Hôtel Belles Rives, Juan-Les-Pins, Cap d’Antibes, France

September 13, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently traveled to Antibes, France where he stayed at the Hôtel Belles Rives . Read on for his review on the property. After a few nights in the hustle and bustle of Cannes, I decided it was time to move to a more low key location. The traffic and crowds surrounding the Cannes Film Festival […]

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Bonus Club Carlson Points, BA Adds SFO A380 Service, & More

September 13, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Bonus Points For Bookings Via App: You can earn 3,000 bonus Gold Points for each stay booked through the Club Carlson mobile app. You must book AND stay via the app by November 14, 2014. The app […]

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GoGo WiFi Offering Free Texting for T-Mobile Customers

September 12, 2014

Gogo WiFi and T-Mobile have partnered up to offer T-Mobile customers free text messaging on Gogo WiFi equipped planes starting next Wednesday,  September 17th. This means T-Mobile customers will be able to send and receive text messaged aboard over 2,000 commercial aircraft including those from Delta, American, United, US Airways, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Here’s what […]

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Southwest Airlines Announces New Service to Costa Rica

September 12, 2014

Earlier this year I visited the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and fell in love with the “pura vida” lifestyle. Traveling there, I flew into Liberia Airport, though newly minted international airline Southwest just announced that they have plans to serve the countries’ other main airport, San Jose. Southwest Airlines is planning to launch new service to San Jose, Costa Rica next […]

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