Flight Review: Delta Transcontinental JFK-LAX BusinessElite

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines recently flew from New York’s JFK to Los Angeles on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite—after he was able to confirm upgrade space and use 12,500 miles to upgrade. Here are his thoughts about his flight. Back in December, I decided to leave chilly New York City and head to Los Angeles to visit…

Is FoundersCard Worth It?

As 2015 kicks into gear along with the quest for elite qualification, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about membership-only cards that can help you gain fast-track elite status, airfare and hotel discounts, and other benefits. Today, TPG Contributor (and COO) Leigh Rowan reviews one of the more prominent of these cards, FoundersCard. TPG first reviewed FoundersCard in 2011 and then again…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles to Asia, Silvercar Discount, and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar Extends $59 Per Day Rental Promotion The rapidly expanding premium car rental company Silvercar is extending its $59 rental sale from now through February 28, 2015 in all of the cities where it currently operates. SilverCar exclusively rents Audi A4 vehicles equipped…

SkyMall Catalog Files for Bankruptcy: A Sad Day in Travel

Fellow Americans and travelers, it appears that a dark day has arrived, bringing the demise of the SkyMall catalog, whose quirky, silly and over-the-top products have kept us all chuckling and/or puzzled on many a domestic flight. To mark this mournful occasion, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look back at SkyMall’s highs and lows—and offers some…

What To Do and See in Havana, Cuba

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options and Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba. Keep an eye out for hotel and lounge reviews, soon to come. …

Amex PointsMatch Promotion: Redeem on AA, United (Targeted)

Select American Express business cardholders have been targeted for a sweet pilot deal called PointsMatch, which allows you to essentially redeem Membership Rewards points for awards on American Airlines and United. If you have an Amex small-business card like the Business Platinum, Business Rewards Gold, Plum, etc., and receive an e-mailed invitation for this offer, I recommend jumping…

The WOW Air $99-Fare Guide to Iceland

Last week, WOW Air offered $99 one-way fares from Boston and Baltimore to Iceland, and now that they’ve announced plans for year-round service from Baltimore, we expect more great deals to come. If you snagged one of those cheap fares, there’s no need to spend hours researching your way around the land of fire and ice….

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Credit Card Benefits and Strategies for Active Duty Military

A great way to maximize travel is to take advantage of memberships or other affiliations (like an alumni association or AAA) that can earn you discounts and more. With well over one million members on active duty, the United States Military is a prominent example, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the extra benefits credit…