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…

Exciting New Airline Routes for October 2015 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Assistant Editor Matt Zuzolo shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) could…

Booking My First Trip to Australia — 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…

Take Advantage of the Strong Dollar to Travel to Australia

The US dollar continues to do well on the international currency market, and while that seems to have sent American travelers to Europe in droves this summer, the Old World isn’t the only place where you can make out better than a currency trader with an inside source at the IMF. TPG Special Contributor Eric…

American Further Devalues AAdvantage Awards Routed via Hawaii

Although American’s award redemption amounts are quite reasonable compared with Delta and United’s, the airline isn’t known for its generous routing rules. Earlier this year, American announced that it would no longer offer award tickets between the US mainland and Hawaii on Hawaiian airlines, but in its latest changes to multi-region award travel, flyers will now…

All United Australia Flights Moving to Boeing 787-9

Per Australian Traveller, United has announced that it will begin using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on all its routes from the US to Australia starting in March 2016. The airline already flies the aircraft on its route from Los Angeles to Melbourne, but uses 777-200s on its two other daily Australian flights, from San Francisco and…