25% American Express Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic

Though not as high as recent transfer bonuses of 30-35%, American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards including the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay cards, is offering a 25% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic for the month of April. Instead of the normal 1:1 transfer ratio, when you transfer 1,000…

Avoiding Award Travel Change and Cancellation Fees

Travelers generally pick one airline over another based on cost and the in-flight experience, but in this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at why you should also consider the costs of not flying at all. Right now my family and I are supposed to be in Key West — one of my top 7 Spring Break Destinations for…

Under-The-Radar African Safari: Zambia

First-time visitors to Africa tend to gravitate toward well-known destinations like South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, but in this new travel series, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen sheds light on five of southern Africa’s other great safari destinations, starting with Zambia. When it comes to an African safari, the destination options are practically endless. Despite that,…

Giving Tuesday: Washington to Washington

My new monthly series, Giving Tuesday, highlights travel-focused charities around the world. This month’s installment is from Davy Rothbart—writer of My Heart is an Idiot and brother of TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart—who’s created a remarkable organization called Washington to Washington, which helps inner-city kids take trips to America’s Great Outdoors.   For the past five years, Washington To Washington has…

New Wyndham Rewards Program is a Rare “Revaluation”

Amidst an onslaught of recent program devaluations, there’s at long last some good news on the loyalty landscape horizon. On May 11, 2015, Wyndham Rewards will launch what I’d describe as a “revaluation,” a newly revised loyalty program that offers—among other new benefits—a flat redemption rate of 15,000 points per night at all of Wyndham’s 7,500+ hotels worldwide. According to Josh…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore Europe

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Europe. Over the last few months, TPG Senior Points & Miles contributor Jason Steele and I have…

Travel Rewards March Madness Final Four: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the semifinals of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Earlier in the month, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, and last week, I profiled the quarterfinal match-ups. The readers have once again spoken, and it’s time to reveal which…

Emirates Adds New U.S. Flights Amid Subsidy Concerns

Earlier this week Emirates announced that it will be adding a second daily flight to Seattle, while also adding Orlando as its tenth American destination. The rapidly expanding Middle Eastern carrier has recently been scrutinized by American carriers Delta and American, both of which allege that Emirates has received unfair subsidies from the UAE government, causing American…