A 40-Megapixel View from the Top of the World Trade Center

One World Trade Center’s Observatory is one of the hottest new attractions of 2015. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig got to ride the express elevator up to the 102nd floor ahead of the official opening on May 29. Following years of anticipation and pushed back deadlines, the World Trade Center’s public observatory is finally set to open…

Flight Review: ANA 777-300ER First Class Tokyo-New York

Last year, United offered $1,700 first-class tickets between Boston and Seoul. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig took advantage of the deal, booking a 10-day trip to Asia. And as luck would have it, when his United flight from Tokyo to Boston was canceled due to snow, the airline booked him in ANA’s new 777-300ER first-class cabin for…

Maximizing Kimpton Karma Rewards

You might already be familiar with rewards programs from chains like Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood, but smaller hotel groups can offer great value, too. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores one such program, Kimpton Karma Rewards. In the points and miles hobby, a lot of time is devoted to the major hotel chains…

A First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Morocco

One of our must-visit destinations for 2015, Morocco is filled with sandy deserts, lively souks and Berber culture. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some of the hottest spots for a visit to Morocco, including Marrakech, Fez and Essaouira, plus some handy travel tips for your North African getaway. (Except where noted, all photos are…

Cathay Pacific Finally Getting WiFi

In a move that’s been a long time coming, Cathay Pacific announced that in 2016, its twelve new Airbus A350s will come equipped with wireless internet capability, signaling this world-class Asian carrier’s entrance into the in-flight WiFi game. TPG holds Cathay Pacific’s First Class cabin in high regard, and feels that its comfort and service make it one of the best experiences he’s…

Taking Pet-Friendly to a Whole New Level

For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid traveler and owner of two rescue pups herself — shares how one hotel group is taking its pet-friendly policy to a whole new level. There are pet-friendly hotels — and then there’s Aloft Asheville Downtown Hotel, an Asheville, North…

One Week Left for the 50,000 MileagePlus Explorer Bonus Offer

Back in April, Chase relaunched the 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer for its United MileagePlus Explorer card. For a while, the sign-up bonus had been just 30,000 miles, so this was a much better offer with a minimum-spending requirement of just $3,000 in the first three months, and the $95 annual fee waived the first year, plus…

Points Intervention: Create a Points and Miles Action Plan

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Finding Sweet Spots in United’s Devalued Award Chart

United sure did a number on its award chart early last year, but there are still a few opportunities to save on redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr digs into the rules and routings to find hidden value in a significantly devalued MileagePlus program. Sometimes I find myself harkening back to 2012. These were the days prior to…