Best Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award travelers is that it’s a complicated hobby. To some degree, they…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Cards for Summer Travel

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses a variety of travel rewards cards that can help make your summer travels both more affordable and more rewarding. You’ve earned the miles and booked the trip, and as you prepare to embark on your summer vacation, the question is which credit card (or cards) do you plan to bring…

Deal Alert: Fly American to Asia from $597

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…

Deal Alert: More $21 One-Way Flights on Frontier

Frontier Airlines is having another sale in honor of its 21st birthday, with one-way flights starting at $21. This deal includes routes from Denver, CO to Salt Lake City, UT; Austin, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA and Cleveland, OH for select dates beginning in August. The promotion runs today through 11:59pm tonight, July 6,…

A Week in the Admirals Club — Chicago O’Hare International Airport

It’s day one of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour, and he’s starting things off in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after spending a fantastic weekend in the Windy City grilling and celebrating Independence Day with friends. A little over a week ago, I applied and was instantly approved for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite…

How to Seek Medical Attention Abroad

Being sick at home is the pits, but when you’re thousands of miles away, it can be downright scary. TPG Contributor Christine Cantera gives you advice on how to seek medical attention abroad. Major Medical Emergencies Both as a physician and a traveler, Dr. Alan Cherney, who specializes in Emergency Medicine, recommends consulting the State…

Finding the Best US Gateways for International Awards

Most people search for flights by simply entering an origin and destination to see what pops up, but award travel sometimes involves more than just getting from A to B. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which connection cities give you the best chance to maximize your points and miles. Finding a convenient, stress-free award itinerary can…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

What’s It Like to Spend a Week at the Admirals Club?

Well, we’re about to find out. TPG intern Kevin Song has kindly volunteered to spend this week touring the East Coast, visiting Admirals Clubs old and new with his brand-new Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. In addition to full lounge access (even when he’s not flying AA), Kevin’s getting 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $7,500…

Could Selfie Payment Verification Replace the PIN?

In a move that is targeted toward the “selfie generation,” MasterCard has begun a payment verification trial with 500 card holders to snap away instead of typing in a PIN or, heaven forbid, signing for a purchase. MasterCard is reportedly working directly with phone manufacturers to integrate selfie-based security, which requires the MasterCard app to authenticate transactions — since these…