Amazing Deal Alert: AA and United to Shanghai from $653

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…

How Can I Use Chase Rewards Points to Fly on American?

TPG reader Kareem tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card but I want to redeem for American Airlines. What are my options?” If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, meaning you have a bank of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you have two main options if you want…

How Can I Get to Hawaii with 52,000 Citi ThankYou Points?

TPG reader Charles tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have 52k Citi ThankYou points earned from my Citi Prestige card. What’s the best strategy for using them to go to Hawaii in July?” One of the best perks of the Citi Prestige card is the $250 you get toward airfare each year, which you can use toward…

Is Getting the Wyndham Rewards Visa Worth It?

TPG reader Sarah messaged me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the Wyndham Rewards Visa card with the increased 45,000 sign-up bonus? Is it worth it to get even though it has a $69 annual fee?” Wyndham Rewards recently shook up the industry with a new redemption strategy: Wyndham redemptions are now just 15,000 points…

How Can I Combine Points from Two Hyatt Gold Passport Accounts?

TPG reader Donna tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Hyatt Diamond member and my sister wanted to give me 12,000 points from her account. Is it easy for her to do so?” Hyatt actually makes it really easy to combine points. You can do the points transfer for free; you just have to fill…

Hotel Review: SLS South Beach in Miami

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne and TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino both stayed at the SLS South Beach in Miami, Florida on official TPG business. Below is Lori’s review of their combined experiences at the hotel.  As boutique hotel lovers, Melanie and I were excited to try out the uber-trendy SLS South Beach, where raging pool parties…

Travel to Mykonos on Points and Miles

In the fourth installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky heads to Greece’s Aegean Sea and introduces us to one of the most famous of the Cyclades Islands— delightful Mykonos.  My experience with magical Mykonos is limited to the shoulder seasons — May and October — and the weather was glorious both times, with…

Amazing Deal Alert: AA and United to Tokyo from $630

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…

Free Delta Silver Status, New Disney Cruise and Southwest Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Disney Cruises Announces New Sailings for 2016 Disney Cruises will sail to the Bahamas and Canada from New York starting in 2016. The cruise line will also offer new route options from Miami and Galveston, including Miami to the Eastern and Western…