The Airport Restaurant Pricing Scam

For this month’s installment of “Fly&Dine Tuesday,” a series that explores the intersection of food and travel, TPG Contributor (and expert food writer) Jason Kessler of Fly&Dine explores the shadowy world of airport restaurant pricing.  We pay extra for just about everything when it comes to traveling. When we book our tickets, we’re paying more to buy…

Deal Alert: Business Class NYC to London/Paris from $1,250 on La Compagnie

La Compagnie is a French startup airline that flies all-business-class flights between Newark and Charles de Gaulle in Paris and Luton Airport in London. The airline launched last summer with 4-5 weekly flights with its first aircraft, and took delivery of a second bird back in December. The airline has run cheap deals before, and now they’re back….

U.S. News and World Report Releases Rewards Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual award program rankings. Today, TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the results. U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of travel rewards programs today. Each year, USNWR ranks both airline and hotel rewards programs — and while you might not want to give these ratings too…

Flight Review: Etihad 777 First Class (Jet Airways), Abu Dhabi-JFK

The “ME3″ Middle-Eastern airlines — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar — are known for their premium products, especially in first class. All three of these airlines even provide a decent economy experience, which has rankled US carriers so much they’ve launched a crybaby coalition to complain about “unfair” competition. Until last month, I had only had an opportunity…

Amazing Deal Alert: Delta to Belize from $196

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…

The Pros and Cons of Fully Refundable Airfare

Have you ever hesitated on an amazing airfare deal because you weren’t sure about the dates? Today, TPG Contributor William Morse looks at refundable airfare, and explains when it might make sense to pay a premium for flexibility. According to the US Department of Transportation and data collected by The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, domestic airlines collected a whopping $2.98 billion dollars…

Meet the New American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Card

New perks are coming to the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex cards later this month, but this morning TPG Intern Kevin Song received another SPG surprise, courtesy of Apple Pay. Two months ago, American Express announced a slew of new benefits for the Starwood Preferred Guest Card, including a much-desired foreign transaction fee waiver, as well as complimentary Boingo…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…