Flight Review: American (777-300ER) Economy, From New York to São Paulo

TO THE POINT: American Airlines’ 777-300ER economy product is an efficient way to travel between the US and Brazil — that is, if you have no other options available. The pros: friendly service, especially from the AA staff at JFK. The cons: teeny-tiny bathrooms, cramped seating and a super-skinny aisle that made it difficult to walk around. American Airlines,…

Where to Eat, Drink, Shop, Stay and Play in Rio de Janeiro

Just in time for the 2016 Summer Games, TPG Contributor Nicholas du Pont (who studied, lived, and loved in Rio), tells us what to see, where to go and who to know in this year’s captivating, iconic Olympic host-city. (All images are by the author unless otherwise noted). With white beaches framed by majestic mountains, Christ…

5 Places in Brazil to Visit Besides Rio de Janeiro

As the host country of the World Cup in 2014 and now, the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil’s definitely getting a lot of attention. Here, TPG Contributor Kay Rodriguez — who lived, studied and volunteered in Brazil for six months — shares her favorite destinations outside of the chaos of Rio de Janeiro. With Olympics starting this week and Brazil’s amazingly-timed waived visa requirements,…

T-Mobile Offers Free High-Speed Data During Rio Olympics

Great news for T-Mobile customers planning to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics: the company recently announced that it’ll be offering free unlimited data during the month of August to customers heading to Brazil, so you’ll be able to easily keep in touch and share your experiences with friends and family back home. The mobile provider already provides access to its speedy…

Watch the Olympics from Visa VIP Lounges with Your United Credit Card

As you’ve probably heard by now, the 2016 Olympic Games are set to kick off next month in Rio. And today, Visa announced that it’ll be offering cardholders of United co-branded Chase cards the chance to watch the Games from exclusive Visa VIP Lounges. The nicest part about the lounges is that even if you’re…

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch the Olympics From Home

Rio is looking like a less-than-appealing place to watch the Olympics — and the news coming out of the host city seems to be getting worse every day. Yesterday, some beachgoers stumbled upon human body parts that had washed up on the shore — right next to the Olympic Beach Volleyball Arena. In all, a…

Where to Go in Brazil Now That There’s a Temporary Visa Waiver

TPG Contributor Brian Biros outlines some of the other amazing cities, beaches and locales you should visit the next time you’re in Brazil. Because there’s so much more to this fabulous country than Rio.  To encourage attendance at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil has temporarily lifted its visa requirements for citizens of…

10 of the Most Remote Destinations You Can Fly to Using Points And Miles

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares 10 far-flung destinations worth visiting, all of which can be reached using travel rewards. Like many award travel enthusiasts, I’m often guilty of sticking to the beaten path, redeeming my points and miles for flights to major cities like Tokyo, Milan and Buenos Aires. But for today’s post,…

7 Things Every Teen Should Do in Rio de Janeiro

17-year-old TPG Teen Contributor Kofi Lee-Berman has been to Rio de Janeiro twice in the past year — once for two weeks and another time for a few days — and fell in love with it after just a few hours. Here, Kofi shares his favorite teen-friendly activities in one of his favorite cites. Visit Kofi’s travel blog and photo…

Excellent AA Business-Class Award Availability to South America

Now’s a great time to be booking award travel on American Airlines in preparation of the devaluation on March 22. While it’s become difficult to find premium-cabin award space on some routes, you can currently book several award seats to a handful of destinations in South America. If you’re planning a trip to one of the countries…