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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt New York – Park Deluxe King Room

December 20, 2014

When the luxurious, hugely tall Park Hyatt New York opened this past September on Midtown Manhattan’s West 57th Street, a half-block from Carnegie Hall and across the street from the Russian Tea Room, it was an immediate sensation in New York City. For the last few months it’s been almost impossible to snag a room here, but I […]

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Obama Eases Some US Travel Restrictions to Cuba

December 18, 2014

The island of Cuba is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, but it has been 54 years since most U.S. citizens could legally travel there. Yesterday, however, President Obama announced that in light of Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s agreement to release two Cuban-detained Americans (one an intelligence operative) in exchange for three Cubans jailed in America, the U.S. plans to re-establish […]

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Europe’s Best Christmas Markets

December 17, 2014

Headed to Europe to enjoy the wonder of the holiday season? Then read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino and TPG Contributor Lane Nieset share their picks for the most dazzling Christmas markets on the Continent.  Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Christmas Market November 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily Set in […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

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 Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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10 New Things to See in New York This Winter

December 13, 2014

Heading to NYC this winter? New York-based TPG contributor Adee Braun gives us some highlights for how to enjoy the city during the chilly months ahead. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another boots and shovels kind of winter for NYC. But cold temperatures and mud-colored snow has never stopped New Yorkers from having a good time. Winter in New […]

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10 Dazzling Cities for Festive Holiday Lights

December 10, 2014

What’s more delightful during the holiday season than glittering light displays? TPG contributor Michele Herrmann set out to uncover which cities truly sparkle this time of year – and here’s what she discovered. New York City Head to Rockefeller Center and take in the splendor of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. A holiday tradition for over seven decades, this towering […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

December 10, 2014

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 Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination, […]

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5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

December 8, 2014

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US […]

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Discounted United Partner Awards in Business to Europe, Asia

December 6, 2014

Right now, United.com is showing discounted saver level awards on partner airlines in business class to Europe. Instead of the usual 70,000 miles each way to Europe, you can book for 57,500 miles one-way, or 115,000 miles round-trip. That equals savings of about 17%. You can also find discounted awards to Central Asia, which are normally […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz West Hollywood – Room with a View

December 6, 2014

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 […]

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Bing’s Most Searched For Vacation Destinations of 2014

December 5, 2014

Search engine Bing recently released the most searched for destinations of 2014. It turns out, when we’re not searching for tropical beach vacations, it’s major European capitals that are racing through the search engine. Read on for Bing’s list and check out BingTrends for more search trends. Maybe it will inspire a search of your own. 1. […]

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Ultimate Art Basel Guide to Miami’s Hottest Neighborhoods

December 3, 2014

Each year, Art Basel expands even more, upping the number of satellite fairs, gallery exhibits, star-studded events and nonstop nightlife. TPG contributor and Miami native Lane Nieset takes us on a neighborhood tour of the hottest spots to refuel between events and gives us the rundown on this year’s must-visit exhibits and parties.  The main attraction […]

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Miami’s Hottest Hotel Openings in Time For Art Basel

December 2, 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach is set for December 4-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center marking the official start of Miami’s “season.” With that comes a host of parties, satellite fairs and, this year, highly anticipated hotel openings. Read on for Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz’s scoop on the hottest new hotels on the beach–and what’s happening at them […]

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5 Cool Car Rentals from Ferraris to Bulldozers

December 1, 2014

Rental vehicles are among the more mundane aspects of travel, but today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares 5 fun rental options that should interest savvy travelers and car lovers alike. By now, you know the standard rental car drill, including a schlep to a distant parking lot, picking up some boring econobox, and trying not to get stuck […]

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Contest Roundup: Win Air France Miles, London Trip, Relax in Puerto Rico

November 21, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a wine trip to France, win thousands of Air France miles, see relax in Puerto Rico, eat your way through Palm Beach & tour London. Win Thousands of Miles From Air France Play the Mr. Miles game and have a chance […]

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Hotel Review: W Hollywood – Marvelous Suite

November 15, 2014

The TPG team recently congregated in L.A. to celebrate the launch of our brand new TPG To Go app. We threw a lavish party at the W Hollywood and Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz checked in for the occasion. Here’s her review of the property. The party obviously gets five stars! Situated on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk […]

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Andalucía 3 Ways: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

November 14, 2014

Andalucía… a truly authentic taste of España. A mixture of Moorish, Spanish, and gypsy cultures all in one, this Spanish region is filled with passionate locals, stomps of flamenco and warm sunshine. Madrid-based TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino provides a guide to three Andalucian gems, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba for our Destination of the Week series. Andalucía boasts over 300 days […]

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5 Destinations for Digital Nomads & Online Entrepreneurs

November 12, 2014

The best risk I ever took was quitting my job on Wall Street to focus on The Points Guy full time. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to travel for a living and help others get the most out of their travels. If you’ve ever wanted to take a similar risk, this post is for you. TPG […]

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Ski for Free with Your Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass

November 12, 2014

Winter is almost upon us, which means ski season is inching closer too. What better way to celebrate this polar vortex than a ski trip? Alaska Airlines flies to some of the most popular ski destinations, and is working with different ski resorts in various destinations to offer opportunities to ski for free by simply […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bal Harbour – Grand Luxe Oceanfront Suite

November 8, 2014

TPG contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami. Here’s his review of the property. The rain was coming down in buckets as my wife and I pulled up to the St. Regis Bal Harbour, the first stop on our “stay-cation babymoon” in South Florida. Little did I know that […]

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Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

November 7, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city […]

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9 Ways To Do Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum

November 7, 2014

Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, Riviera Maya is a 100-mile sweep of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, holding more mystique than just its beaches. For Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Lane Nieset takes us on an exploration of the many diverse treasures the area has to offer travelers—from island excursions to cave diving to Mayan ruins and […]

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10 Best Restaurants in New York for Broadway Dining

November 6, 2014

One of my favorite New York City pastimes is dinner and a Broadway show. I’ve asked New York City-based contributor Michele Herrmann to dig up the best spots to eat and drink. The next time you go to a show, consider checking out one of these restaurants. In New York, catching a Broadway show and grabbing a […]

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8 Chicago Restaurant Hot Spots For Every Occasion

November 5, 2014

You can’t beat classic Chicago staples like Giordano’s or Gino’s East, but these days the city is becoming known for more than its deep-dish pizza and hot dogs when it comes to cuisine. Neighborhoods around town are one-upping the other with new additions on the food and drink scene spanning all sorts of menus, from Midwestern spins on European […]

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