Insider Series: How Air Traffic Controllers Handle Stress

TPG Contributor “Vic Vector” is an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In this installment of our Insider Series, he talks about the infamous amount of stress associated with the job and how controllers deal with it. The first thing everyone says to me after finding out my occupation is, “Oh,…

Honeymoon in Southeast Asia — a TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Amazing Deal Alert: BOS, NYC, PHL to Los Angeles on AA for $149

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…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Recently, on the tail end of a whirlwind trip around Thailand, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with his wife and toddler son. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s $600 airfare deal to Bangkok, here’s his take on the property. After our quick tour across Thai cities and beaches, my wife and I were…

Free Lounge Access at Hilton Moscow When You Book the $399 Singapore Air Flight

As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, Singapore Airlines is currently offering an exceptional deal exclusively for TPG readers on its flight from Houston (IAH) to Moscow (DME) — $399 for round-trip travel. And if you’ve booked your ticket already and are looking into accommodations, we have even more good news for you!…

Deal Alert: Los Angeles to Anchorage from $263

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…

How to Use Same-Day Change Policies to Your Advantage

The threat of missing a flight feels like an imminent disaster, but there are ways to salvage your ticket and maybe even your plans. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can avoid (at least some of) the stress of last-minute flight changes by putting these favorable airline policies to work….

Buy IHG Points with up to a 100% Bonus

If you missed out on the IHG Rewards 100% bonus deal for purchased points that expired at the end of June, fear not: IHG Rewards is offering a new 50-100% bonus when you purchase up to 60,000 points through August 31, 2015. When you log in to your account you’ll see a targeted bonus ranging from 50-100%, though multiple…

How Marriott Is Promoting Better Loyalty Account Security

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at loyalty account security and offers some tips for keeping your travel rewards where they belong. We spend a lot of time discussing how to earn points and miles, as well as how to spend them. However, we don’t often discuss the importance of protecting them….

Review: Etihad A380 – The Apartment, Sydney-Abu Dhabi

Last week, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew The Apartment on Etihad’s A380 from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Here’s what it’s like to travel in the world’s best first-class suite. I’ve never been so excited to fly. Etihad’s Airbus A380 is arguably the most extraordinary plane in the sky — its first-class Apartment makes Emirates first class…