8 Incredible Islands to Escape the Cold This Winter

While there are still a few weeks to go before spring rolls around, you can beat the system by wintering in these summer locales, island hopping everywhere from Maui to the Maldives. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to eight beautiful spots worth spending some time in this season. The best part: They’re all…

Best Cards for Travel Purchases, New Flights to Cuba, In-Flight Phone Calls & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Deal Alert: New York and Chicago to Budapest from $490 Round-Trip

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 Safest Airlines in the World for 2016

Every year, AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety- and product-rating website, announces its safest airlines and low-cost carriers from the 407 total airlines it monitors. For the past two years, Qantas came out on top for the site’s world’s safest airline award, and this year was no different. In today’s announcement, AirlineRatings.com awarded the Australian carrier as…

9 Awards to Book Before Aeroplan’s December Devaluation

With the Aeroplan/Air Canada devaluation coming up in a few weeks, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the awards you should book before the changes go into effect. In September, Aeroplan, the mileage program of Air Canada, announced yet another devaluation to its award chart that will go into effect December 15, 2015….

Lufthansa Strike Scheduled to Begin Today

Lufthansa cabin crew are scheduled begin a strike today that will ground Lufthansa planes for up to one week. TPG Contributor JT Genter reports on the details of the strike, how you might be affected and what you can do to minimize the damage to your travel plans. Update: According to Reuters, Lufthansa had already canceled…

Review: Swiss A330 Business Class, Zurich-New York

At the tail end of a round-the-world trip, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert flew from Zurich to New York in Swiss’ A330 business class. With decent availability, particularly for flights operating outside of North America, this Star Alliance airline is a great option for award redemptions. (All photos by Zach Honig.) I tend to fly foreign carriers whenever possible. I’ve had…

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…