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…

Why Business Class in Europe Is Not What You’d Expect

I’ve had some memorable experiences flying in premium cabins, but not all first or business-class seats are created equal. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why flying up front within Europe might not be worth the extra cost. One of the best aspects of award travel is that you can travel not…

Last Chance for 80,000 Bonus Points with the Marriott Rewards Visa

Last month we wrote about an increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, which is currently offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The normal bonus is just 50,000 points, and while there are frequently offers for 70,000 points, we rarely see a bonus this…