United’s All Day Recess Promotion Adds New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last week, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Hotel Check-Out Times

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) I never spend money to…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for July 27-October 31

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for July 27 – October 31, 2015 — and all included properties are bookable starting today, July 27. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in…

US-Based Airlines Boast Record Profits

Gone are the days of airlines filing for bankruptcy left and right, as well as reporting stagnating profits, empty planes and millions in losses. US-based air carriers announced record profits last week, as quarter two and the first half of the fiscal year came to a close. Several of them set all-time records, amidst dipping fuel…

Exciting New Airline Routes for July 2015 and Beyond

The TPG team shares news of exciting new airline routes each month, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JULY 2015 New York (JFK) – Havana (HAV) on JetBlue (launched July 3,…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Big Spenders

From small businesses to big lifestyles, many award travelers need a card that offers extra benefits for extra spending. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a variety of travel rewards cards to suit a big budget. The basis of a sound travel rewards strategy is making sure you earn points and miles for every dollar spent,…

10 Photos: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives

Perhaps the Maldives’ best-known attraction, Ithaa restaurant is located at the Conrad Rangali Island. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had a chance to dine there last week. From overwater villas and five-star facilities to incredibly friendly staff and jaw-dropping natural beauty, there’s a lot to love about the Maldives. It’s a long trip from the US…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…

Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

What Strategy Should I Use to Earn Travel Rewards for Two?

TPG reader Marcus sent me a question on Facebook about traveling with a companion: “I noticed most of the rewards credit cards that you recommended work for a single person. What if I want to book a flight with someone else? How can I double my point and miles so I can book a flight for two?…