FCC Spanks Marriott for Blocking WiFi

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has chastised Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) for its August 2014 petition seeking the FCC’s permission to block guests’ use of outside WiFi networks while staying at Marriott properties. The petition specifically mentions that Wi-Fi blocking at meetings and conventions—where WiFi is rarely offered for free by the hotel chain—would be…

AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card Is on Its Way

In October Barclaycard announced the release of the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card and AAdvantage Aviator Red card, which will soon replace the US Airways Premier World MasterCard, and are only being offered to existing cardholders. I accepted the invitation to upgrade my card, and I’m excited to now officially be one of the first Aviator Silver cardholders! The Aviator cards are a brilliant…

Using British Airways Avios Without Fees from Miami

Anyone who lives in an American Airlines hub with a lot of non-stop flights (NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, LA) should be best friends with British Airways Avios. Even if you never fly on a British Airways plane, knowing how to leverage the Executive Club program can easily save you thousands of dollars annually on…

Preventing The Next MH370: Where Are We Now?

 Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the unexpected challenge of locating a commercial airliner, and the technologies that could aid search efforts the next time a plane goes missing. One of the most frustrating aspects of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the complete lack of answers as to where it crashed and…

Marriott Bringing its Moxy Brand to the US in 2016

At an event last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Plaza, Marriott announced the impending U.S. arrival of their new budget hotel brand, Moxy—and TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne shares more details.  Following the successful September 2014 launch of a single property in Milan, Marriott has just announced plans to bring its boutique Moxy Hotels brand to the U.S. in 2016. Targeted at millennials, this…

Inside the Super Exclusive VIP Lounge at Havana Airport

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba, What to Do and See in Havana, and my hotel review on…

US Airways Awards Temporarily Not Bookable on British Airways Website

Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now bookable using British Airways Avios, and how you could take advantage of their distance based awards when flying US Airways. Over the past several days there has been a known issue with booking US Airways on British Airways site, since US Airways recently aligned their fare codes with American…

Earn 15 Free Hilton Nights with Hilton Mom Voyage

It’s a lucky day for family travel bloggers: Hilton Mom Voyage is currently taking applications for a yearlong blogging program targeted at family travel. In exchange for 20 blog posts and some other fairly easy requirements, the entire family (Mom, Dad, and kids ages 4-12) receive 15 one-night certificates to be used at any Hilton…

Korean Air Returns as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

After a short hiatus, Chase has reinstated SkyTeam member Korean Air as a travel transfer partner. In November, the airline disappeared from the Ultimate Rewards Travel Center, but as of Sunday, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus cardholders can once again transfer points to Korean Air SkyPass for award flights. Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently one of the most valuable points…