Should I Use Points or Cash for my Upcoming Hotel Stay?

TPG reader Roman tweeted me to ask about which points to use for a hotel stay: @thepointsguy–”For a one-night stay at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, we have three options: $495 AAA rate, 20K SPG points or 42K Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Which is best?” Deciding whether to use points or cash is tricky, and…

Favorite Places: The Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

For the our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a day trip I recently took from Beijing to Mutianyu—one of the many sections of the Great Wall of China that are open to visitors. (All photos by Julio Gaggia.) Roughly 5,500 miles long, the Great Wall of China was built in sections starting back in the 7th…

By the Sea: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

In the first installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky luxuriates in the sun-splashed, no-fuss dolce vita of Italy’s Ligurian Coast. First, get your bearings: The Ligurian Coast is better known as the Italian Riviera, and is divided into two parts: west of Genoa to the French border (Riviera di Ponente) and…

Donate to Nepal, New Alaska Routes, 7k JetBlue Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar to Launch in Fort Lauderdale, FL Silvercar — the car rental company that exclusively offers premium Audi A4 rentals — is launching in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area starting on May 15, 2015. Users can now reserve their Fort Lauderdale Silvercars via the app…

Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

One leg of my recent whirlwind tour of Brazil, South Korea and China was a one-night stay in Seoul with the express purpose of enjoying some Korean BBQ. To make sure I’d have a good night’s sleep with a very full stomach, I booked a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul. Built in 1995 and then extensively…

Malaysia Airlines Restructuring Fleet: Selling A380s

After suffering not one but two of the worst air disasters in history in 2014—one of which still remains a total mystery—Malaysia Airlines has found itself in deep financial straits, and is selling off a major part of its fleet as part of a restructuring campaign. Though the airline itself has not commented, multiple sources…

United’s Lawsuit Against Skiplagged Dismissed…For Now

Back in December, United Airlines and Orbitz filed a lawsuit against a tech entrepreneur named Aktarer Zaman and his website, Skiplagged, that took advantage of airlines’ “hidden city ticketing” to help people save money on airfare. A hidden city ticket is one where you book an itinerary with a connection and you take the first…

DUFL Makes Your Luggage Magically Appear at Your Destination

No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether. For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose…