One Week with the Apple Watch…and I’m Diggin’ It

I’ve had my Apple Watch for a week now. It arrived just before my trip to the Kentucky Derby, and I was able to test it out on Uber rides and during my treks through airports over the past few days. Is it the life-changing device people have been talking about? Probably not. Could it potentially improve my experience as a frequent…

The 8 Best Music Festivals You Can Still See This Year

Coachella? Over. Jazzfest? Done. But summer festival season is just getting ramped up, which is why we asked new TPG Contributor Jeff Miller—editor of Thrillist LA and a veteran of just about every major US festival—to give his picks for the best music fests worth traveling to this summer and beyond. Shaky Knees Atlanta, Georgia May…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015

The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the British Airways award chart devaluation and changes to Southwest Rapid Rewards. With all those factors in play, having a powerful, cohesive…

8 Reasons to Get the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Some travel rewards credit cards have strong sign-up bonuses, while others have useful ongoing benefits. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one co-branded United Airlines card fits into both categories. Last week, Chase and United Airlines announced a new offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. For a limited time, you can earn 50,000…

9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

60,000 Bonus Points for Chase Ink Plus, $300 for Ink Cash

Chase has just launched a limited-time sign-up offer on the Ink Plus Business Card for 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 20% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points, so if you’ve been holding off on getting this card, now is a good time to do it. Chase is also offering a limited-time offer…

Delta Adds Blackout Dates To Partner Award Redemptions

Booking awards using frequent-flyer miles is tricky under the best of circumstances. You have to look at availability over a range of dates, familiarize yourself with the routes of an airline and its partners, and generally employ a fair amount of strategy in order to hone in on the award you want. While award availability…

5 Hot River Cruises to Hop Aboard This Summer

River cruising season is kicking off and all the major players are christening new ships on rivers around the world. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has been testing out some of the top new ships to hit the water and despite her 20-something age, she’s been able to fit right in with the various age groups (and…