10 Photos: Exploring Exotic Myanmar

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is a mythical destination that’s relatively undiscovered thanks to its only recently relaxed borders. TPG Contributor Lori Zaino recently returned from a trip to the bustling city of Mandalay and the ancient town of Bagan, where she explored temples, parks and monuments, and experienced the country’s local charm. (All photos are by author —…

5 Things to Know Before Flying Asia’s Low-Cost Carriers

Asia’s budget carriers provide an affordable way to access far-flung places like Bali or the Maldives, especially if you’re already visiting another destination nearby. However, those savings can disappear quickly if you overlook any of the fine print. TPG Contributor Katherine Fan took a last-minute trip through Singapore, Malaysia and Bali in October and learned several of these tips the…

Flight Review: AirAsia X A330 Premium Flatbed — Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur

Recently, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr had to fly from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur for business, and chose to fly on low-cost carrier AirAsia X in one of its Premium Flatbed business-class seats. Here’s his review of the experience. (Except where noted, all photos by the author.) This summer, my business entered into a new contract with a…

10 Practical Travel Tips for Visiting Myanmar

Formerly known as Burma, the gorgeous Southeast Asian country of Myanmar was completely shut off from the outside world by its military government until just a few years ago. With a recent announcement that the emerging democracy’s historic election will take place on November 8, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino feels this is the perfect time to share accurate, up-to-date information for those who want to visit Myanmar…

4k Free Copa Miles, AirAsia Hilton Bonus, Rocketmiles Bonus

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Alitalia Launches Redesign Alitalia is rolling out some new branding, including a new logo, Wi-Fi on long-haul flights and entirely renovated planes. The updated aircraft include a redesigned business class featuring lie-flat seats with exclusive leather covers designed by Poltrona Frau, as well as Frette…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…

AirAsia Asean Pass – Travel Southeast Asia at a Discount

Air Travel Passes can be a great way to maximize your travel to a specific region. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at a new product from AirAsia. Last week I wrote about Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia, and one of my suggestions was to check out Air Asia’s new Asean Pass and redeem miles from…

Top Credit Cards, Bonus AA & US Airways Miles, Orbitz Credit

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015 Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are…

Preventing The Next MH370: Where Are We Now?

 Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the unexpected challenge of locating a commercial airliner, and the technologies that could aid search efforts the next time a plane goes missing. One of the most frustrating aspects of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the complete lack of answers as to where it crashed and…

Debris from Missing AirAsia Plane Found Near Borneo

On their third day of searching, Indonesian rescue teams today discovered debris, belongings and a few bodies from AirAsia’s missing flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200 carrying 162 passengers that lost radar contact with air traffic controllers during a storm over the Java Sea this past Sunday. So far, three bodies have been recovered from amidst debris found in shallow waters…