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Flight Review: United 767-300 BusinessFirst Transatlantic

September 20, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took advantage of some great summer business class airfares to Europe this spring to score a cheap ticket to Rome in August on United. Here’s his review of the airline’s flagship BusinessFirst cabin aboard a Boeing 767-300. Back in April, The Flight Deal found that United was offering some amazingly low […]

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Earn SPG & Best Western Bonus Points, Cheap JetBlue Awards

September 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for Booking Sheraton Club With Your Amex Card You can earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for every Sheraton Club stay when you book with your American Express card. During this promotion, guests who book […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Apple iPhone 6 Purchases

September 19, 2014

The day has finally arrived! The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are finally here. Geeks, I mean technophiles, rejoice! Perhaps you drove past an Apple store over the past few days and mistook it for a campsite as folks stretched out in lines and on the pavement overnight for the chance to be […]

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Targeted Offer: Delta Gold and Platinum Medallion Fast Track

September 19, 2014

The airline elite status landscape has shifted dramatically over the past year with both Delta and United implementing revenue requirements and overhauling their mileage-earning formulas. All that has a lot of flyers reevaluating their elite status strategy and calculating every dollar of airline and co-branded credit card spend as they look to their future travel […]

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Weekend Escape to Saint-Tropez

September 19, 2014

Summer is swamped with tourists in the South of France, but the shoulder season months are the perfect time to visit jetset destinations like Saint-Tropez. Nice-based contributing writer Lane Nieset takes us on a weekend getaway to this seaside village that is so much more than swanky nightclubs and megayachts.  The quiet fishing town of […]

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Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely

September 19, 2014

Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers guidelines for helping unaccompanied minors get from gate to gate worry free. […]

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Citi Launches New Expedia Credit Cards

September 18, 2014

Hot on the heels of the launch of its newly revamped Expedia+ Rewards program this summer, the online travel agency has unveiled two new credit cards in conjunction with Citi, and Team TPG got all the details at a launch event last night. Here are the details on each card and the benefits they include. […]

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How To Maximize Current Club Carlson Promotions

September 18, 2014

Club Carlson, the loyalty program of brands including Radisson, Radisson Blu and Park Inn, is running a few different promotions right now that make it possible to rack up thousands of points and miles. 7,500 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles Now through December 15, 2014, when you book and complete two eligible stays at Radisson hotels, […]

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Earn Triple Southwest Points Through November 20 (Targeted)

September 18, 2014

Southwest recently launched a targeted offer where Rapid Rewards members can earn triple points on flights between now and November 20, 2014. You must register by November 20 and then book and fly by that day as well. The terms are clear that the offer is targeted to recipients of the email that Southwest sent […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Rewards Points

September 18, 2014

Last year, Hyatt and MGM Resorts formed a strategic partnership in Las Vegas between their two in-house loyalty programs. Hyatt Gold Passport members are able to earn and redeem points at 12 M life destinations in Vegas, and members are also be able to earn credit toward tier status for eligible stays and eligible nights at participating […]

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Transferable Points from Bank of America: The Weekly Wish

September 18, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: a transferable points program from Bank of America. 2014 has seen its fair share of improvements on the loyalty front. Sure, there have been devaluations (ahem, Delta and United, ahem), […]

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Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

September 17, 2014

International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors to consider, like whether a card levies foreign transaction fees, and some less obvious ones, like whether it […]

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10 New Things To See in Miami This Fall

September 17, 2014

Seasons change and new and exciting openings pop up in cities across the country. I asked Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz to tell us what’s new in Miami. Fall is perhaps the most relaxing time to make a visit to Miami. It’s the calm before the storm of “season” and crowds (as well as hotel room rates) […]

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Deal Alert: $19 Fares on Frontier Airlines To and From Phoenix

September 17, 2014

Frontier Airlines is making a push for the Phoenix market and just announced 3 new non-stop routes from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Salt Lake City, Houston, and San Francisco. To celebrate, they’re offering a limited number of $19 fares for flights from December 2nd through January 27, 2015 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, for travel purchased by 11:59pm Eastern tonight, September 17, 2014. […]

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Is the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard Worthwhile?

September 17, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, including its earning potential, redemption options, and unique features, to see whether it deserves a place in the pantheon of award travel credit cards. Most of the content at TPG involves tips for maximizing free travel with award flights and hotel rooms. However, there […]

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Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

September 17, 2014

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the […]

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ExpertFlyer Adds US Airways Awards and Upgrades

September 16, 2014

Last week we wrote about how Delta forced ExpertFlyer to remove all availability and how it was such a customer unfriendly move on Delta’s part. Well, American Airlines must have taken note, since they announced today that ExpertFlyer now supports full US Airways flight availability for both awards and upgrades. ExpertFlyer posted the following on Flyertalk: As part of our […]

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Why Elite Upgrades Are Harder to Get & How To Work Around It

September 16, 2014

Earlier today, the New York Times published an article by Billy Witz titled, “Flight Upgrades Much Harder to Secure, Even for Elite Travelers,” in which I was quoted. As I point out, airline upgrades are behaving much like the rest of the economy where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, […]

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35,000 Bonus Miles on United & Air Canada to/from London

September 16, 2014

Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Air Canada are presently running a joint promotion that will allow MileagePlus and Aeroplan members to earn up to 35,000 bonus miles on non-stop flights between the US or Canada and London Heathrow (LHR). Miles can be banked to either United or Air Canada. To take advantage of this offer, you must purchase tickets in eligible fare […]

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A Snapshot on Resort Memberships: Pool, Spa, & Gym Access for Locals

September 16, 2014

Do you wish you could visit your favorite resort all the time? TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines explains how you can, by joining a resort that offers a pool and spa membership. Many resorts across the country have started to offer resort memberships for locals who want to live the resort lifestyle year round. This means members have full access […]

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