Which International Airport Lounges Are Your Favorites?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message to ask about international club lounges: “You recently mentioned how domestic airport club lounges are declining, so I’m wondering, what’s your take on international club lounges. Do you have any favorites?” Daniel is right: I’m not a huge fan of domestic lounges. Yes, they give you a little space to relax and plug…

Onward Flight Deals from Moscow

Earlier this week, TPG announced a low-fare deal for just $399 round-trip from Houston to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. While that’s a great fare in and of itself, some folks might not be interested in Moscow as their final destination. (If you are, though, check out this post on How To Get A Russian Visa.) However,…

Flying Lufthansa 747-8 First Class for 62,500 Amex Points and $455

My whole life I’ve been a plane geek, with a particular attraction to the 747. Majestic and huge (with the original upper deck!), what better way is there to hop across oceans? The third generation 747-8 was announced in 2005 and they started to be delivered in 2012. Lufthansa has 14 747-8’s and when I…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July 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…

3 Airline Programs That Let You Hold Award Reservations

Redeeming miles isn’t always easy, so anything that can facilitate the award-booking process is more than welcome. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains one strategy that can help you zero in on the itinerary you want even if your plans are still up in the air. In an ideal world, your travel plans, mileage account balances and…

Top 5 Ways to Fly to Europe in First Class

While many airlines are reducing the number of first-class seats in their fleets or even doing away with them altogether, there are still several truly fabulous options to fly to Europe in first class. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen discusses the top five, and how you can book each with points or miles. TPG recently…

Can I Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to Lufthansa?

TPG reader Maria had this question for me: “Can I transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Lufthansa? They have an incredible deal with flights to Europe in business class for 55,000 miles.” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Amex points do not transfer to Lufthansa. However, you can book Lufthansa flights by transferring points to one of the three…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul has been topping jetsetters’ hot lists for a few years now. With historic palaces and mosques, a beautiful waterfront, trendy neighborhoods and an up-and-coming restaurant scene, Turkey’s biggest city is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. So if you haven’t had a chance to visit Istanbul yet, now is the time…and it’s easier…