Review: Argos in Cappadocia — A Cave Hotel in Turkey

After an easy 45-minute flight on Pegasus Air from Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Nevşehir (NAV) — for $46 per person all-in, plus a $7 upgrade to get seat 1A in the bulkhead — we landed on time and took the half-hour drive to our hotel for the night: Argos in Cappadocia. The caves of Cappadocia…

Flight Review: Air Canada 787 Economy — Zurich to Toronto

In the third and final long-haul segment in his recent round-the-world itinerary, TPG Contributor JT Genter flew the Air Canada 787 Dreamliner from Zurich (ZRH) to Toronto (YYZ). Here’s his take on the experience. Booking the Flight with Miles As discussed in my Lufthansa A380 flight review, I booked my return flights from Beijing (PEK) to Austin (AUS) the “long…

Comparing Domestic Business and First Class: Delta Air Lines

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr continues his look at domestic premium cabins by examining the value of Delta’s first- and business-class products. I’ll be the first to admit my expectations for premium flights on regional routes are high. For the last 2.5 years, regional flights out of my current home in Tokyo usually consist of wide-body jets with…

Top 5 Ways To Fly To Asia in First Class

While many airlines, including some of the major ones in the US, are cutting back on their first-class cabins, other carriers around the world are doubling down with bigger, newer and better products to keep their premium flyers happy. Here, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen rounds up some of the best ways to fly first…

Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, in honor of the 40% buy miles bonus promotion. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of TPG’s favorite frequent flyer programs. He pegs the value at 2.0 cents per mile — higher than any other airline program, thanks to fantastic…

Deal Alert: Business Class to Europe on Delta from $2,267

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 and take advantage…

West Coast to Europe Awards Wide Open in Business Next Summer

Sure, it might seem a little early to start thinking about your summer 2016 Euro trip, but when there’s business-class award seats available during peak season, it’s worth planning far in advance. And that appears to be the case today. Thanks to British Airways’ recently announced service from San Jose, CA (SJC) to London, there’s currently fantastic…

What to Expect from Amtrak’s New Revenue-Based Rewards Program

There’s a new revenue-based rewards program in the works, and it isn’t from an airline. Amtrak’s planning to revamp its Guest Rewards program, and like the recent shifts we’ve seen with Delta and United, this generally isn’t a change for the better — although there are some positive changes with the new program. The new Amtrak Guest Rewards program goes…

Last Chance: Get a 20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points to American AAdvantage

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is one of TPG’s favorite programs to rack up points in, and Starpoints also rank as the most valuable award currency in his monthly valuations. In addition to the great redemption rates at hotel properties and the SPG Moments program, you can transfer to a whopping 34 airline partners, further enhancing the value of…

Should You Buy Hilton HHonors Points with an 80% Bonus?

Now through August 31 (next Monday), Hilton is offering an 80% bonus when you buy HHonors points up to a maximum of 80,000 points (144,000 with this promo). Instead of the usual 1 cent per point, this drops their price down to 0.556 cents per point. While that might seem like a great deal, Hilton…