AA Targets AAdvantage Members With Free Platinum Status

What’s better than earning status? Getting it for free. It appears that American Airlines is giving out complimentary Platinum status to select AAdvantage members for a few months in 2016. A TPG reader recently shared an email he received, which indicates he’ll have all the benefits of Platinum status through May 31, 2016, and he’ll even…

3 Weeks in France on a College Budget — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

What is United Airlines Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re spending the time and money to earn elite status with an airline, you need to be getting some solid value in return. In the latest post in his series evaluating elite status levels with the major carriers, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the United MileagePlus program…

Top 9 Low-Fee Credit Cards for 2016

Everyone wants to earn valuable travel rewards from the credit cards, but not everybody is willing to pay a high annual fee. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at some of the best values in travel rewards credit cards with low (or no) annual fees. All travel enthusiasts eventually…

Giving Tuesday: How to Help Children Around The World

Traveling to far-off lands and exotic countries is incredible, but seeing an impoverished child selling souvenirs or begging for money can really tug on you heartstrings. Here, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers some charity organizations and ways to help make a difference in kids’ lives around the world. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified). Research Charity Options Ahead…

11 Best Business-Class Seats For Couples

Travel can be stressful — especially when you’re flying with a significant other, or even just a buddy. But some airline seats out there make flying the friendly skies even friendlier for folks traveling in pairs. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up the best business-class seats for couples. When it comes to business-class seats,…

Deal Alert: Flights to Hong Kong from $599 Round-Trip

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…

Deal Alert: NYC and Boston to Brazil from $439 Round-Trip

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…

Understanding Airlines’ 24-Hour Hold and Cancellation Policies

When it comes to airlines’ cancellation policies, don’t expect the same rules across the board. As TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains, the three US legacy carriers each have their own approaching to allowing fee-free itinerary changes, and knowing the rules can help you avoid unnecessary fees. I recently looked at how to avoid airline change…

What is Delta Airlines Elite Status Worth in 2016?

With a new year comes a fresh slate for working toward airline elite status, and if you’re just getting started, you may be wondering which program will get you the most value. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen analyzes the various elite levels of the Delta Medallion program, assigning a dollar amount to…