Your Points and Miles Guide to New York City

In the first installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to New York City using points and miles.  Gotham. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Yet an even better nickname for New York City might be the “Points and Miles Capital of…

Hotel Review: Andaz Amsterdam – Garden View King Room

On a recent trip to Europe, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen was passing through Amsterdam for a few days and decided to put his points to use at one of the city’s most popular chain properties, the Andaz. Here’s his review of the experience. Booking I hadn’t really planned on spending any time in Amsterdam…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Alaska Airlines Adds New Service to Costa Rica

Today Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding service from Los Angeles to Costa Rica. Eight weekly flights will begin to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR) on October 31 and November 1. Costa Rica is a beautiful destination. I traveled there for New Year’s Eve last year and stayed at a Hilton property and…

FoundersCard Reduced Annual Fee Promo Extended Through March

Last month, TPG contributor and COO Leigh Rowan took a new look at FoundersCard to see whether it’s a good fit for various spending and travel habits, and whether the benefits it offers justify the annual fee. He also discussed the discount offered to TPG readers who are new cardmembers; while that offer was scheduled to end in February, I’m happy to announce that…

Hotel Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea

Back in 2012, I took a hardhat tour of the Andaz Maui, and ever since it opened in September of 2013, I’ve wanted to go back and check it out as a full-fledged guest. On my most recent trip to Hawaii, I figured I’d do five nights in Maui and three in Kauai (to re-visit the St. Regis Princeville,…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Hotel Review: Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Hotel Review: Andaz West Hollywood – Room with a View

While in town for the launch of the new TPG To Go App, Points and Miles editor Peter Rothbart stayed at my go-to Los Angeles hotel, the Andaz West Hollywood. Here’s his review of this swank Hyatt property. Looming over a posh, winding stretch of Sunset Boulevard, the Andaz West Hollywood is hip but elegant, and a quintessentially LA experience. Highlights…