274 Articles by Eric Rosen

Maximizing Delta’s Award Routing Rules

Back in January, Delta quietly raised award redemption rates for partner flights starting October 1. On the positive side, the airline introduced discounted awards of just 5,000 miles each way on certain routes last year, and axed its phone booking fees. With those changes and more to contend with, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes…

Review: Hotel Americano, New York City

On a recent trip to New York City, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen had a chance to stay at one of Starwood’s latest member properties, Hotel Americano. Here’s his review. (All photos are by the author). Back in November, Starwood Preferred Guest added Design Hotels as the eleventh brand in its collection. While Design Hotels encompasses nearly 300…

Review: SriLankan A330-200 Economy — Colombo to Malé

SriLankan Airlines is a popular choice for travelers to the Maldives given the fact that it operates several flights a day on the 90-minute route from Colombo to Malé. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently tested out the carrier’s economy product. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). After a…

Review: Hainan Airlines A330-300 Business Class — Changsha to Beijing

Following his flight on Hainan Airlines’ new route from Los Angeles to Changsha aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen caught a connecting flight on Hainan’s A330-300 in business class on the short hop from Changsha to Beijing. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author.) A $1,358…

Airbus A350 Update: Which Airlines Are Flying Which Routes

Since Qatar Airways became the launch customer of Airbus’s next-generation A350 at the end of 2014, several other airlines have taken delivery of the jet. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen gives us a status update on orders and deliveries of the new aircraft — and how you can get aboard. Meant to compete with…

140,000 IHG Points from Two Nights and One Credit Card Bonus

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently took advantage of IHG Rewards Club’s winter Accelerate promo to maximize a visit to New York City. Here’s how he raked in nearly 140,000 points with just two nights at hotels. To be honest, my two hotel chains of choice tend to be Hyatt and Starwood. I get a…

Top 10 International Airport Lounges And How To Access Them

Being able to access an airport lounge while traveling means free snacks, drinks and Wi-Fi, but these over-the-top international lounges also offer guests amenities like spa treatments, wine tastings and more. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at some of the best airport lounges around the world and how you can get…

Hotel Review: The St. Regis Beijing (Diplomat Deluxe Room)

On his most recent trip to Asia, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen stayed at The St. Regis Beijing for three nights. Here is his review of the experience. While my main destination on a recent trip to Asia was to be Sri Lanka, I had to find the right connections from my flight on Hainan…

Review: Etihad A380 Business Class — Abu Dhabi to New York

Etihad made news back in 2014 with the debut of its three-room first-class “Residence” aboard the A380, and for rolling out an all-new business-class product. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen had the chance to test it out last month. Here is his review of the new Etihad business-class experience. (All photos are by the author). I ended a recent…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards For Domestic Flights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi ThankYou Preferred Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program has gained a lot of value in the past year or so thanks to the addition of 13 travel transfer partners and the revamping of specific credit cards like the Citi…