Review: Hotel Americano, New York City

On a recent trip to New York City, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen had a chance to stay at one of Starwood’s latest member properties, Hotel Americano. Here’s his review. (All photos are by the author). Back in November, Starwood Preferred Guest added Design Hotels as the eleventh brand in its collection. While Design Hotels encompasses nearly 300…

Review: JetBlue Airbus A321 — Las Vegas to New York

Earlier this month, TPG Editorial Intern Nick Ellis traveled to Las Vegas and got a chance to fly home on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 during a red-eye flight back to New York (JFK). Read on for his impressions. I recently returned from an incredible trip to Sin City with Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig and TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt, where we…

Incredible Business Class Award Space to Europe on American

American Airlines is known for being exceptionally stingy when it comes to releasing award seats for business and first-class seats on its own aircraft, so we tend to get very excited when a large number of “free” seats become available — such as today! AA is currently offering award (and upgrade) space to many European destinations, including…

Talking Food and Travel with Wolfgang Puck at Vegas Uncork’d

Several TPG staffers recently took off for Vegas Uncork’d. With their Chase Sapphire Preferred cards, they were given special access to events, where they were able to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the culinary world. Read on for some food- and travel-centric conversation, as told by TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt….

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

TPGtv Episode 16: Learning to Cook Vietnamese Food

After a long (and fun) night hitting the night life scene in Hanoi, I was ready to explore another side of the city — its cuisine. One of my favorite things about traveling is being able to see new places, immerse myself in foreign cultures and taste exciting flavors. The Vietnamese food scene is perhaps best well…

How Can I Earn a Small Number of Points or Miles Quickly?

TPG reader Jeffrey sent me a message on Facebook to ask about easy ways to earn rewards: “Do you have any ideas for how I can earn 2,000 British Airways Avios quickly and easily?” Coming up just short of an award redemption can be frustrating (and costly if it means missing out on good flight or hotel availability). While…

What’s the Best Credit Card for Earning Delta SkyMiles?

TPG reader Garrett sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Delta SkyMiles: “I’ve been an avid Delta Gold Amex cardholder for a while now, since I fly Delta almost exclusively. I know you’re a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but is it worth getting even though I can’t transfer those points to my SkyMiles account?”…

Should Overhead Bin Space Be Assigned to Individual Seats?

TPG reader Peter sent me a tweet to ask about carry-on luggage: “Do you think overhead bin slots should be assigned to seats?” Boarding a commercial flight in the US sometimes reminds me of the Oklahoma land rush, since the competition to stake a claim to overhead bin space can be fast and fierce. To avoid checked bag fees, many…