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…

Round-the-World Wedding — a TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

New Cathay Pacific Redemption Partner, Bonus Avios and Club Carlson Points

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Best Western 1,000 Bonus Points for Summer Stays Best Western Rewards members can earn 1,000 bonus points with every Best Western stay when travel is booked on the Best Western website. The promotion is valid for stays until September 7, 2015. Make…

Cathay Pacific Finally Getting WiFi

In a move that’s been a long time coming, Cathay Pacific announced that in 2016, its twelve new Airbus A350s will come equipped with wireless internet capability, signaling this world-class Asian carrier’s entrance into the in-flight WiFi game. TPG holds Cathay Pacific’s First Class cabin in high regard, and feels that its comfort and service make it one of the best experiences he’s…

Will Cathay Pacific Restrict First-Class Awards Using Partner Miles?

According to an article in yesterday’s South China Morning Post, Cathay Pacific is considering an overhaul of its loyalty program, including the possible restriction of first class awards using partner miles. While this is probably not a huge blow to the vast majority of flyers, Cathay Pacific first class is one of the feathers in…

Maximizing ThankYou Rewards on Cathay Pacific and Eva Air

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on several of those partners to see what kind of value they offer.  Citi recently released some great new offers for cards in…

How Can We Maximize Points and Miles for Our Honeymoon?

TPG readers Zach & Lindsay asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “Where should we go on our honeymoon? We have a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American AAdvantage miles (from our hub in Miami), and our hotel loyalty programs are Hyatt and Starwood. We’d like a little bit of culture, beach and…

Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in…

How to Book Cheap Cathay and Emirates Business Class Awards

I don’t often recommend buying airline miles because frequent flyer programs often charge around 3-3.5 cents per mile, a value that can be hard to recoup on most awards. However, Alaska Airlines is currently offering a promotion now through April 3 where you can get up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles that might…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore East Asia. Over the last few months, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has presented some…