Points Intervention: Maximizing Hotel Stays

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…

Flying an Airbus A320 Simulator with MileagePlus Exclusives

Airline and hotel program auctions might be an easy way to blow hundreds of thousands of points without even taking a trip, but they also offer exclusive experiences that you couldn’t otherwise buy. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares one such experience, flying United’s Airbus A320 simulator. Redeeming your miles for international first-class tickets is…

Insider Series: What It’s Really Like to Be a TSA Officer

New to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Patrick Down,” presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport, who’ll be giving us a peek behind the security line to see what it’s really like to do the often thankless job of screening passengers and their baggage before a flight. Three years ago, as a recent…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card that can be used anywhere Southwest flies in celebration of the increased 50,000 sign-up bonus for these cards. You’ll earn 50,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card. To enter this giveaway,…

Flight Review: La Compagnie Business Class, Newark to Paris

Ever since La Compagnie launched its affordable all-business-class service between Newark (EWR) and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) last summer, I’ve been curious to experience it first-hand — particularly since the airline’s now disrupting the lucrative business-class market even further by offering seemingly too-good-to-be true buy one, get one free fares along with cheap last-minute…

Hotel Review: The Fairmont San Francisco

Perched atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco has been considered one of the most elegant hotels in town since it opened in 1907 — and after his recent stay there, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan would agree … to a point. Lavishly paved in marble and gilded details, the imposing Fairmont San Francisco offers 591 guest rooms and suites, some…