Airbnb and Pixar Literally Want You to Spend the Night on the Great Barrier Reef

Through its “Night At” series, where Airbnb users can register to win a stay at once-in-a-lifetime accommodations, the vacation rental company has given away free one-night stays at Fenway Park, Ellis Island, Maracanã Stadium in Brazil and a shark aquarium in Paris. Now, it’s headed back to the sea — this time in Australia — for an unforgettable…

Deal Alert: San Francisco to Sydney from $581 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…

5 of The Best-Value Points Hotels in Sydney

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Sydney using points and miles.  It’s no surprise that a trip to Australia makes many a points and miles enthusiast’s bucket list. At 14-plus hours, long-haul flights from the West Coast to Sydney…

The Best Premium Seats to Australia and New Zealand

Looking to book a trip on one of the many new transpacific flights between the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand? TPG Special Correspondent John Walton says kia ora and g’day to youse all with some tried-and-tested recommendations for the best seats in first and business class on Qantas, Virgin Australia, American, United, Delta, Air Canada…

10 Photos: Exploring Byron Bay, Australia

TPG contributor Kathryn Romeyn takes us on a tour of Byron Bay’s stunning sands, powerful waters, musical eateries and top boutiques. (All photos by the author, except where noted). When I decided to base myself in Sydney, Australia, for four months, virtually everyone I knew or met told me I should go to Byron Bay. That,…

5 Must-Visit Wineries Between Sydney and Melbourne

Take advantage of the strong US dollar and start planning your trip to Australia. Here, TPG Special Correspondent John Walton takes us on a delightfully delicious journey from Sydney to Melbourne, stopping at local wineries along the way.  As the third busiest air route in the world, you’ll be one of about eight million passengers flying between…

Why You’ll Want to Use Apple Pay on Your Next Trip to Australia

Now that Apple Pay on the iPhone and Apple Watch has hit Australia’s shores, TPG Special Correspondent John Walton tested it out down under with his US-based Chase Sapphire Preferred account. For US travelers in Australia, Apple Pay is a huge improvement over actually having to use your physical credit card. With a wave of your iPhone or…

TPG’s 13 Must-Visit Destinations for 2016

As we kick off another year, Team TPG has gotten together to muse over the epic trips various team members have taken in 2015, and to look forward to what the new year has to offer. Special Contributor Eric Rosen has rounded up the list of destinations (in no particular order) that we’re all hoping…

Get a 25% Bonus When You Transfer Amex Points to Hawaiian

American Express is currently offering a new transfer bonus for Membership Rewards. Now through December 21, if you have a card like the Amex Premier Rewards Gold or Amex Platinum that earns Membership Rewards, you’ll be able to transfer points to Hawaiian Airlines with a 25% bonus. Throughout the year, Amex has offered some other perks…

Deal Alert: Air New Zealand to London and South Pacific from $534 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…