Can I Book One-Way AAdvantage Awards Using US Airways Miles?

TPG reader Daniel emailed me to ask: “I have US Airways Dividend Miles, and I was wondering if I could use them to book a one-way award ticket on American Airlines?” Strictly speaking, the answer is yes — you can book a one-way award, but unfortunately, it will cost you the same as a round-trip…

Why Do You Recommend Transferring Chase UR Points to Hyatt?

TPG reader Dan emailed me to ask: “In several blog posts, you mention that you get more value from Ultimate Rewards points if you use them with Hyatt, but it seems like points transfer 1:1. Can you please explain?” I don’t mean to say that you actually get more points by transferring to Hyatt then…

Should I Use My SkyMiles ASAP Due to New Program Changes?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Would you advise redeeming Delta SkyMiles ASAP given the uncertainty/possibility of additional 2015 program changes/devaluations?” Delta always keeps me on my toes. I feel like there are constantly new announcements coming from the SkyMiles program, and they’re almost always negative. I don’t see Delta miraculously turning it around and…

Are the Starwood Management Changes Cause for Concern?

TPG reader Dustin sent me a message to ask: “Should I be worried about the Starwood shake-up? There’s a new CEO and one property I visit often is no longer a Westin, and I’ve been reading a few stories about SPG being let go from managing resorts.” Recently Starwood ousted its CEO, Frits van Paasschen, who I’ve actually had…

Wine & Cocktail Tourism: Drink in the World

Most booze enthusiasts know about major drink destinations like the Napa wine valley and Germany’s Bavaria for beer. However, TPG Contributor Spencer Spellman of cocktail/travel site Whiskey Tango Globetrot wants to splash a few other hotspots in your glass—so please join him for a tour below of some of the best cocktail tourism destinations around the world. Kentucky An American landmark, the…

American Airlines & US Airways up to 40% Buy Miles Bonus

American Airlines and US Airways have just rolled out yet another buy miles bonus offer. The two carriers have released multiple promos offering a bonus when you purchase miles, such as the ones offered late last year and more recently just last month. The current promotion offers a bonus of up to 40%. Both airlines are offering this promotion separately…

Virgin America Offers 20% Discount for Last Minute Flights

If the start of the busy Spring Break season isn’t what comes to mind when thinking about cheap, last-minute flights, then think again. Virgin America is currently offering 20% off all flights from March 6 until April 29, 2015 — a great opportunity for a last minute deal! Act fast, because this offer is only valid through Sunday, March 1,…

Bonus AA/US Miles & Marriott Points, Double Etihad Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles and 25% Off National Car Rentals You can save up to 25% and earn 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for renting any car for two days or more with National Car Rentals. Make sure to request Contract…

Hotel Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea

Back in 2012, I took a hardhat tour of the Andaz Maui, and ever since it opened in September of 2013, I’ve wanted to go back and check it out as a full-fledged guest. On my most recent trip to Hawaii, I figured I’d do five nights in Maui and three in Kauai (to re-visit the St. Regis Princeville,…