Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, in honor of the 40% buy miles bonus promotion. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of TPG’s favorite frequent flyer programs. He pegs the value at 2.0 cents per mile — higher than any other airline program, thanks to fantastic…

Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe on Delta from $2,267

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…

West Coast to Europe Awards Wide Open in Business Next Summer

Sure, it might seem a little early to start thinking about your summer 2016 Euro trip, but when there’s business-class award seats available during peak season, it’s worth planning far in advance. And that appears to be the case today. Thanks to British Airways’ recently announced service from San Jose, CA (SJC) to London, there’s currently fantastic…

What to Expect from Amtrak’s New Revenue-Based Rewards Program

There’s a new revenue-based rewards program in the works, and it isn’t from an airline. Amtrak’s planning to revamp its Guest Rewards program, and like the recent shifts we’ve seen with Delta and United, this generally isn’t a change for the better — although there are some positive changes with the new program. The new Amtrak Guest Rewards program goes…

Last Chance: Get a 20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points to American AAdvantage

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is one of TPG’s favorite programs to rack up points in, and Starpoints also rank as the most valuable award currency in his monthly valuations. In addition to the great redemption rates at hotel properties and the SPG Moments program, you can transfer to a whopping 34 airline partners, further enhancing the value of…

Should You Buy Hilton HHonors Points with an 80% Bonus?

Now through August 31 (next Monday), Hilton is offering an 80% bonus when you buy HHonors points up to a maximum of 80,000 points (144,000 with this promo). Instead of the usual 1 cent per point, this drops their price down to 0.556 cents per point. While that might seem like a great deal, Hilton…

5 Things I Loved About My Trip to Istanbul

Istanbul is Europe and Asia all in one. We all know the city’s attractions are amazing, from the Blue Mosque to the Hagia Sophia to the Basilica Cistern, and even though there’s been some political turmoil and even a bombing/shooting while I was there (thanks so much for the tweets and emails of concern!), I still think…

Does It Make Sense To Buy Alaska Miles With a 40% Bonus?

Now through October 6, 2015, Alaska MileagePlan is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles. Like the last time we saw this promo back in April, this bonus is tiered. The more miles you buy, the bigger your bonus. Here is how it breaks down: Buy or Gift Bonus Buy 10,000 – 19,000…

I Finally Used My SPG Amex for an International Hotel Stay

One of my biggest gripes with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has been the foreign transaction fees, which meant that it didn’t make sense to use my card internationally even when staying at a Starwood property. However, amidst the recent addition of several new benefits, Amex has finally done away with the foreign transaction fees on this card,…

Birthday Benefits from Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman delves into the variety of birthday benefits you can earn from airlines, hotels and more. My family goes to one of our favorite restaurants several times a year. If we let them know it’s one of our birthdays, we get a free dessert, but I cannot recall ever getting any kind of…