Why Are TPG Reader Meetups Only Open to Contest Winners?

June 15, 2014

This week I decided to run a contest for TPG blog readers to win tickets to the Chicago Reader Meetup event in a couple weeks. I got some negative feedback in emails and on the blog post itself, so I wanted to explain why limiting admission to contest winners is done out of practicality, not out of […]

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Chicago Seminars 2014 Registration Open – Get Your Tickets Soon!

April 11, 2014

Registration is now open and tickets are on sale for the 2014 Chicago Seminars in good old Elk Grove, Illinois, right near Chicago O’Hare. This year, the event will take place Friday-Sunday, October 17-19, again at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near O’Hare. You can register here for $95 for the weekend, which includes […]

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Reader Giveaway: TPG Swag Bag and 10,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

March 7, 2014

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 New York Times Travel Show for the third year in a row, and it was a great opportunity to connect with readers about some of the exciting new changes in point valuations, frequent flyer programs (I’m looking at you Delta!) and credit card bonuses. […]

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My Second NY Times Travel Show Presentation: Tips For Traveling In First Class on a Budget

March 4, 2014

Yesterday I shared my first New York Times Travel Show presentation on Maximizing Credit Cards for Free Travel. For my second Travel Show seminar on Sunday afternoon, I expanded on that concept to include other strategies for my talk on “Travel Pointers for a First Class Lifestyle on a Budget.” In it, I included all […]

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My New York Times Travel Show Presentation: Maximizing Credit Cards For Free Travel, And Reader Meet Up

March 3, 2014

It was a busy weekend in New York! What with all the major airline news last week from Delta and American, I had plenty to talk about at the New York Times Travel Show on both Saturday and Sunday. My talk Saturday was titled, “Maximizing Credit Cards for Free Travel,” and in it I discussed the […]

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Is Now The Time To Quit Frequent Flyer Programs?

March 1, 2014

It was a very newsworthy week in terms of frequent flyer programs, with Delta’s huge SkyMiles revenue-based changes announcement, American Airlines dropping bereavement fares and jacking up pricing on its Choice Fares, and more. That led the New York Times to publish this article by Ron Lieber titled, “Now May Be A Good Time To […]

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My LA Times Travel Show Appearance Recap

January 21, 2014

This past weekend, I was in Los Angeles for the LA Times Travel Show where I traded money-saving travel tips on a panel with Johnny Jet and the LA Times’s Web Buzz Columnist, Jen Leo. We got off to a fun start as Jen asked us about our 2014 picks for bargain destinations. Johnny picked […]

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