When Should I Sign Up for a Delta Sky Club Membership?

TPG reader @Pottsburg tweeted me to ask about paying for Delta Sky Club access: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m thinking about getting a Sky Club membership. Should I wait for a discount at the end of the year?” Sky Club membership doesn’t run on a calendar year; it’s 12 months from the date you sign up, so it…

What Should I Do with Points from a Deceased Relative?

TPG reader @OogbieBoogie tweeted me to ask about rewards left behind by a loved one: @ThePointsGuy — “My father-in-law passed away. He has 46,000 Southwest points; Is it worth spending $460 to transfer them to one of our accounts?” First, please let me offer my condolences. Dealing with death is not an easy thing — and unfortunately, airlines don’t…

Can I Earn Hotel Points at the Bellagio in Las Vegas?

TPG reader @Spirith20 tweeted me a question about earning points in Vegas: @ThePointsGuy — “I’ll be staying at the Bellagio soon. Any suggestions for how to earn points on the stay with a hotel partner?” Back in the day it was hard to earn hotel points in Vegas, and most people didn’t even consider that an option….

Should I Transfer Starpoints to AAdvantage for the 20% Bonus?

TPG reader @RicMansur tweeted me a question about what to do with a stack of Starpoints: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m taking a trip to Southeast Asia; should I transfer my 20,000 SPG points to American Airlines, or use them for a hotel?” Starwood Preferred Guest is the only transferable points program that transfers directly into American…

How Do I Use US Airways Companion Tickets After the Merger?

TPG reader @PaulTurec tweeted me a question about the US Airways and American Airlines merger: @ThePointsGuy — “Will my US Airways companion certificate still be good for redemption on flights after the merger is completed?” Airline mergers don’t happen overnight; it’s already been more than two years since the merger between US Airways and American Airlines…

The Ultimate Guys’ Fishing Weekend

Having recently returned from the holy grail of guys’ weekends, TPG Contributor Muhammad Lila shares his experience with the West Coast Fishing Club, a Vancouver-based charter fishing outfitter that specializes in high-end outdoor adventures. As he explains, you’ll trade tents and mud for high-thread-count sheets and delicious, chef-prepared meals. What happens when you mix 14 men of varying ages and…

7 Things Families with Young Kids Should Pack for Travel

Having the right gear can make all the difference while traveling internationally, or even domestically. You can find thousands of opinions on travel gear, but TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler suggests that families with young children shouldn’t travel without these seven items. 1. The Ergobaby Carrier. Being hands-free while traveling is essential for parents. While we bring this carrier for our…

1,000 Delta Miles with SPG, New IHG Sign-Up Bonus and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 Delta SkyMiles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at any Starwood hotel through January 31, 2016 and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRODL and be sure to have your SkyMiles…

Review: Argos in Cappadocia — A Cave Hotel in Turkey

After an easy 45-minute flight on Pegasus Air from Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Nevşehir (NAV) — for $46 per person all-in, plus a $7 upgrade to get seat 1A in the bulkhead — we landed on time and took the half-hour drive to our hotel for the night: Argos in Cappadocia. The caves of Cappadocia…

Amazing Deal Alert: NYC, DC, SF to Bogota from $240 on AA

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 and take advantage…