Get a 20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points to American AAdvantage

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points are considered by TPG to be the most valuable loyalty rewards currency, but there are occasions when it might make sense to move your points to a different program. In addition to the great redemption rates at hotel properties and the SPG Moments program, you can transfer to a whopping 32 airline partners,…

US Plans to Reopen Embassy in Cuba

For the first time since 1961, Washington, D.C. and Havana are on speaking terms again. ¡Viva diplomacia! This historic step comes on the heels of President Obama having met Raul Castro in April, and then announcing in May that Cuba was to be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. And now we’re…

10 Photos: Mega-Malls, Panoramic Views and More in Dubai

This is the first travel photo essay from new TPG Contributor (and professional photographer) Patrick T. Fallon, who in future posts hopes to provide useful guides to destinations that include tips on exploring, redeeming miles, gaining status and improving your own photography while traveling. Between TPG posts, follow his work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) My first…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories – Office Supplies

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and in order to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles on office expenses with credit card bonuses and more. Whether you run your own small business, work at…

6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the perks offered by a variety of premium travel credit cards, and explains why they’re worth the cost of admission. Premium credit cards may scare many people away with their $400-plus annual fees, but travel rewards enthusiasts know that despite the high price tag, these cards can…

Delta Low-Level Award Inventory Now on ExpertFlyer

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how ExpertFlyer can help you find award availability through its alert capabilities. In it, I lamented the fact that Delta forced the site to remove all data last fall. However, I am excited to share that some Delta functionality has been restored: as of today, you…

United Will Begin Operating Biofuel Flights Later This Summer

Fuel is expensive — it’s generally the largest operating expense of major carriers — so it’s no surprise that airlines are investing in alternatives with the hopes of potentially decreasing the cost of flying in the future. The New York Times reports that later this summer, United will operate flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco using biofuel, as part of its eco-skies program….

Uber Executives Arrested in Paris Following Protests

Uber’s controversy in France continues this week after two of its top executives were taken into custody by French police for “illicit activities,” according to the Associated Press. These events follow last week’s anti-Uber protests in Paris (and other parts of France), which shut down the city. The demonstrations headed by Parisian taxi drivers halted travel…

Deal Alert: West Coast to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji from $771

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…

The Most Pet-Friendly Points Hotels in America

Stumped about the best spots for summer stays with your pets in tow? TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has done the research to highlight eight hotel brands — and individual properties within them — that welcome you, your loyalty points and your furry friends. Kimpton Hotels Surfcomber South Beach — Miami, Florida At Kimpton‘s 60-plus hotels throughout the US, pets are welcomed free of charge, no matter what size,…