One Proud Summer: Gay Pride Festivals in North America

Following unprecedented gains in LGBT rights in the past year, look for gay pride events to be especially joyous this year—and hopeful, as the community awaits the coming U.S. Supreme Court decision on nationwide rights to marriage. To help guide your pride travel plans, new TPG Contributor Drew Limsky shares his picks for the best gay…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…

Emirates Opens $6.2 Million Lounge at LAX

Last week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Emirates opened a brand new lounge for first and business class passengers of Emirates’ once-daily A380 flight to Dubai (DXB), as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne was there for the big reveal, and here’s her take on the airline’s 37th worldwide airport lounge and…

Delta Increases Partner Award Bookings Through Site

Despite some huge changes to its mileage program including increasing award redemptions and switching both its Medallion elite program and mileage-earning to a revenue-based system, and overhauling its partner earning rates, Delta has made one major positive change: its online award search engine is much more versatile these days. Not only can you use advanced…

Is Virgin America Going To Expand to Hawaii?

Per WallStreet.org, it appears that Virgin America may be considering launching service to Hawaii in the near future. Currently, Virgin America has west coast hubs in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, so most likely the service to Hawaii would launch from those cities. However, when it comes to Hawaii, the competition is fierce. Currently from Los Angeles, Allegiant Air, American…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? March Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Redeeming Amex Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

I value Amex Membership Rewards at 2.0 cents apiece. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. TPG’s latest monthly valuations listed American Express Membership Rewards just behind Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Diners Club Rewards as the most valuable…