Travel to Canada for the Women’s World Cup 2015

When FIFA brings the Women’s World Cup games to Canada this summer, they’ll present sports and travel fans with two awesome opportunities: watching American greats such as Alex Morgan and Former FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach kick some butt—errr, we mean, soccer balls –and two, to check out two vibrant, dramatically diverse…

Amex Premier Rewards Gold New Benefits and Increased Fee

Today, American Express announced upcoming changes to bonus categories and benefits on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, including increased points earning at restaurants, a new $100 airline fee credit, and no foreign transaction fees, beginning June 1, 2015. The annual fee will also be increased from $175 to $195. While the value of the benefits outweighs the…

Hotel Booking Site Rocketmiles Acquired by Priceline

Several major media outlets (beginning with The Wall Street Journal) are reporting that Priceline has plans to acquire hotel booking website Rocketmiles for about $20 million, as part of an effort to develop a more robust loyalty program. Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that offers customers both wholesale room rates and and…

LaGuardia’s Perimeter Rule May End- Longer Routes On The Way?

According to this USA Today article, it appears that LaGuardia’s current 1,500 mile perimeter rule might be going away, which means the potential for long-haul flights from the airport to the West Coast and possibly even Europe. As a frequent LaGuardia and American Airlines flyer myself, this would be amazing, since I personally hate JFK due to…

The Full Monty on Points Hotels in London

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

5 Reasons Not to Transfer ThankYou Rewards to Qantas

The travel rewards landscape is constantly changing, sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for nothing. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains why you can forget about Citi’s newest transfer partner. It’s always good news when a flexible rewards program adds another transfer parter, as the more opportunity you have to use your points,…

Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Experience LHR-JFK

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Layover Lowdown: San Francisco International Airport

Our “Layover Lowdown” series feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor Katie Hammel guides us through San Francisco International Airport. A hub for United…