Best New River Cruises for 2015

The thought of a river cruise might bring to mind grandparents gathering portside for backgammon and sundowners—and to an extent, that stereotype still exists. But the industry has come a long way, and 2015 looks to be the most exciting year yet, with exotic itineraries focused on local culture and ships stacked with amenities rivaling those at…

Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

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…

5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

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…

Discounted United Partner Awards in Business to Europe, Asia

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…

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

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…

Hotel Review: Hôtel Belles Rives, Juan-Les-Pins, Cap d’Antibes, France

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently traveled to Antibes, France where he stayed at the Hôtel Belles Rives . Read on for his review on the property. After a few nights in the hustle and bustle of Cannes, I decided it was time to move to a more low key location. The traffic and crowds surrounding the Cannes Film Festival…

Cultured: Museum Hopping Through the Masters in Nice

The French Riviera has attracted and inspired everyone from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to celebrated writers and painters like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset takes us museum hopping through places where these artistic greats lived and worked. If you visit the French Riviera, you’ll undoubtedly find a cultural reference to a…

Tips for Train Travel & Transportation in France

There’s a reason the French trains are favored by locals and tourists alike—they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the country. I asked Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset to fill us in on the ins and outs of trail travel in France with a guide on everything you need to know to…