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Amidst a snowstorm of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program in 2015, one good flurry has appeared from out of the clear blue sky.
Historically, only first and business class tickets booked with Delta Pay With Miles—a payment option that allows Delta SkyMiles Amex cardholders (e.g.,… Read More

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TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines was recently in Seattle for the weekend, and decided to stay at the Hyatt Olive 8. Here’s his review of the property. 
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Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 

Reminder: Just a Few More Days To Qualify For Elite Status
You have until December 31, 2014 to qualify for airline or hotel elite status for 2015. If you find yourself short, you still have a couple of days… Read More

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I’m thrilled by the outpouring of positive response to yesterday’s post on amazing Etihad fares, and wanted to give you a day-after-Christmas gift in return. I’ll always continue to share great deals as I find them, but I also want you to feel empowered to find great prices on all… Read More

Etihad Fare Sale FAQ: Earn Miles, Upgrades and More

December 26, 2014

Yesterday, Etihad gave a lot of flyers the Christmas present of some unbelievably low fares between North America and various international destinations—including Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and Mumbai—for as low as $187 total roundtrip! While these fares are unfortunately no longer available, many readers were able to score some incredible deals, as chronicled in the comments […]

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What is United Airlines Premier Elite Status Worth?

December 26, 2014

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at United Premier status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week, TPG looked at […]

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Win $500 Delta Gift Card, Weekend in NYC, New England Getaway

December 26, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win two Delta gift cards, a winter getaway to Vermont, a fashion weekend in NYC, or a chance to wine and dine in Charleston, SC or Miami, Florida.  Win Two Delta Gift Cards From From You Flowers You can win a grand […]

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Layover Lowdown: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

December 26, 2014

Our new “Layover Lowdown” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights. The TPG team will offer 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. Today, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us […]

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Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

December 26, 2014

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Hyatt Hotels Gift Card

December 25, 2014

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Hyatt E-Gift Card in celebration of Hyatt offering Free WiFi at all their properties worldwide. I’m a big Hyatt fan myself after my recent stay at the Park Hyatt New York. Hyatt E-Gift Cards are valid at their properties in the United States, Canada and the […]

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Best Airlines to Fly International Premium Economy

December 25, 2014

Many travelers aspire to the champagne wishes and caviar dreams of a first class international flight. While premium economy doesn’t have the same wow factor, it can still provide a great experience. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options for flying premium economy internationally. Earlier this month, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looked […]

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Amazing Etihad Fares- JFK- Abu Dhabi from $187 roundtrip total + MORE!

December 25, 2014

Update: These fares are still bookable on Expedia as of 1:30pm ET. For amazing deals like these, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Merry Christmas to all from Etihad Airways. Right now they have flights from as low as $187 TOTAL roundtrip, including all taxes from JFK- Abu Dhabi. I recommend searching on Google.com/Flights and playing round […]

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What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Elite Status Worth?

December 24, 2014

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at Delta Medallion status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week, […]

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$10 Free on Amazon (Targeted)

December 24, 2014

Just under the wire for Christmas, you may now be able to get $10 off a purchase of at least $10 on Amazon.com when you link a credit card from a participating loyalty program—including Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards and ThankYou Rewards—and use a minimum of 1 point and the promo code SWP10HOL for the purchase. This targeted offer may or may not work […]

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Top International First Class Seats You Can Book with Points

December 24, 2014

Though many think the golden age of air travel is behind us, I think the skies are looking more luxurious than ever thanks to some amazing new first class products from airlines all over the world. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best, along with strategies for finding award space […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 140,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

December 24, 2014

An important part of maximizing award travel is taking advantage of big bonus opportunities when they pop up. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at a current Ritz-Carlton credit card offer that can get you free hotel nights at premier properties and more. Back in October, I wrote a review of the Ritz-Carlton Visa card to see […]

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Delta Baggage Handler Arrested for Gun Smuggling on Planes

December 23, 2014

The TSA has a long list of items you can’t bring aboard a plane, such as sharp objects, explosives and firearms, but apparently, a Delta baggage handler and a former co-worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) didn’t get the last part of this message. According to an affidavit released December 19, 2014, both men have been arrested by federal agents on allegations […]

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Skip the Customs Line with New Mobile Passport App

December 23, 2014

A new mobile app allowing passengers to breeze through customs has hit the market, and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne gives us the scoop. The first mobile app of its kind, Mobile Passport could eventually serve as a customs-only alternative to Global Entry expedited airport security status. Authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and sponsored […]

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7 of the World’s Most Epic Journeys By Rail

December 23, 2014

It’s clear that we here at TPG are obsessed with flying, but many of us have a love affair with trains, as well. Traveling by train can feel like a journey back in time, or simply a more romantic way to go from Point A to B. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers her top seven picks for train trips that guarantee breathtaking scenery and the […]

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Last-Minute Holiday Award Flights – Still Time To Book!

December 23, 2014

 Haven’t made any holiday plans yet? Even if you dream of flying somewhere far-flung, there is still time to book some last-minute awards this holiday season, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to do a quick search of the options. Here is what he found. The holidays are the busiest travel time of […]

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How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

December 23, 2014

Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get free or discounted breakfast from the top hotel brands. It’s safe to say that if you’re reading this post, you […]

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26 South African Protea Hotels to Join Marriott Rewards

December 22, 2014

There’s some good news for those of you who love traveling in South Africa as much as I do. This past April, after acquiring the 116-property Protea Hospitality Group, Marriott became the largest hotel company in Africa, and has now announced that 26 Protea properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa will be joining Marriott Rewards on February 23, 2015. The 26 […]

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Hyatt To Offer Free WiFi For All Guests Starting February 2015

December 22, 2014

Free WiFi is fast becoming less of a benefit and more of a given for hotel guests around the world. Whereas even a year ago many of the major chains charged everyone but elites for using WiFi while smaller hotels enticed business travelers with the promise of free internet access, the larger hotel brands finally […]

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Insider Series: What Uber Drivers Know About Passengers

December 22, 2014

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone. Ever wonder what it’s like to be an Uber driver? Here’s a behind the scenes, anonymous report from a New York City Uber driver as part of our new Insider Series. Here’s what they have to say […]

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