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Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and […]

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Club Carlson Bonus Points, Best Western Free Night & More

May 17, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Earn Club Carlson Bonus Points For Country Inns & Suites Stays: Club Carlson members can earn triple Gold Points on eligible stays of two or more nights between June 1-September 1, 2014 at Country Inns & Suites hotels in the United States, Canada or […]

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Flight Review: Air China 777-300ER Business Class Beijing-Los Angeles

October 11, 2012

Over the summer, TPG Managing Editor Eric winged his way from Beijing to Los Angeles in business class aboard Air China’s 777-300ER. Here’s his review of the experience. I ended a summer trip to China in Beijing, and courtesy of the folks who brought me over for a consulting job, I was given a ticket […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Airline Elite Status Perks (And How to Get Them Without Being Elite)

June 19, 2012

I’ve had elite status for so long, that it’s sometimes hard to remember what life was like before being showered with endless perks. While pre-elite life is a distant memory, I do recall it being a lot less enjoyable. While some airlines are scaling back on elite benefits, like United recently did with stripping lower-level […]

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Hyatt Summer Promo: Up To 5X Airline Miles

April 28, 2012

Most hotel programs give you the option to earn airline miles instead of hotel points, however I never really take them up on that offer since I usually have way too many airline miles and not enough hotel points. Having miles is great, but people always underestimate the costs of hotels and especially if you […]

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Flight Review: Air China 777 Domestic Business Class

January 14, 2012

This is an installment in my series on my January 2012 trip to China. Posts include: Help Me Plan My Trip To China, Flight Review: American Airlines 777 International Business Class to Beijing, Hotel Review: St. Regis Beijing, Beijing Overview: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Peking Deck, A Great Day at the Great Wall of China,  Flight Review: Air China 777 […]

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Using CTrip.com To Save Money on Travel in China

January 4, 2012

By the time this post goes live, I’ll be in Beijing and for the next week I’ll be traveling to Shanghai and Xi’an as well.  When booking my intra-China flights, I initially searched the American booking sites like Orbitz and Expedia and got pretty steep prices for tickets. Several savvy TPG readers Tweeted me to […]

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