Should I Fly Business Class to Europe or on the Way Back?

TPG reader Ali emailed me to ask about transatlantic flights: “I’m planning to fly from Miami to Madrid with my wife and three young children. I have enough miles to fly business class in one direction; would you recommend we do that on the way to Europe or on the way back?” I try to fly in business…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

5 Reasons to Visit Istanbul This Fall

TPG Contributor Vikram Birring traveled to Istanbul earlier this year and had a wonderful time. Here’s why he says you should plan a trip to this fabulous city this fall, when shoulder season prices are king and the crowds are few.  Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans both Europe and Asia, is an ancient…

5 Money-Saving Tips For Traveling Around Europe

Today, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips and tricks for using points and miles for getting around Europe. (All photos are by the author unless otherwise noted.) Chances are, you’re planing to visit more than one European city — or country — while you’re in the area. If you’ve managed to bank a ton…

10 Travel Apps for Your Next Trip to Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino helps you stay in the loop with a list of travel apps to download before your next trip to Europe. Travel apps can make the life of a frequent traveler much easier — let’s face it, where would we be without Google Maps, XE Currency Converter and TripIt? As the world of…

Deal Alert: Many US Cities to Europe from $493 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…

Deal Alert: Many US Cities to Europe from $415 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…

Celebrating My Birthday in Vienna — 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…

Deal Alert: Many US Cities to Europe from $414 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…

Travel Alert Warns of Possible Terrorist Acts in Europe This Summer

The US State Department issued a travel alert Tuesday for Americans planning to visit Europe this summer. The alert, set to expire on August 31, was issued ahead of several large sporting events and conferences being held throughout Europe over the summer months when many Americans will be visiting the continent. In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in…