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

September 13, 2014

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 […]

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Cultured: Museum Hopping Through the Masters in Nice

August 30, 2014

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 […]

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Tips for Train Travel & Transportation in France

August 23, 2014

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 […]

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Summer on the Cote d’Azur in Nice

August 13, 2014

St. Tropez and Cannes may get a lot of attention, but sleepy sister town Nice is stepping up its game with a slew of new restaurants and nightlife, making it a top destination for summer travel in the South of France. Contributing writer Lane Nieset takes you there. It’s not hard to claim a spot in the […]

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Off The Beaten Path in Bergamo, Italy

August 1, 2014

TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes us on a tour of Bergamo, Italy, a city with a double identity. It has both a Medieval Città Alta (high city) and a modern Città Bassa (low city). Set at the base of the Italian Alps about 25 miles northeast of Milan, Bergamo is filled with warm Italian locals, mouthwatering cuisine and […]

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Planning a Family Vacation to Italy: Agriturismos

August 1, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele shares his experiences  Italy is a very rich destination for travelers. Certainly, there’s the ruins of the ancient Roman empire to see, and the art of the Renaissance to appreciate, but a trip to Italy is also about experiencing the people, culture, and cuisine of the countryside. Visitors have a unique […]

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Summer Festival Fun in Edinburgh

July 25, 2014

Summer in Edinburgh is a magical time according to TPG contributor Lori Zaino. Temps reach the soaring height of about 20 degrees Celsius on average (68 degrees Fahrenheit)  and everyone is ready to rock n’ roll after a long, hard winter. If you want to visit this lovely city, your best bet is July or August […]

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Spanish Summer Adventures: Asturias, Alicante & Gran Canaria

July 8, 2014

You’ve used your points to get you to Madrid or Barcelona. Hurrah! Now what? It’s boiling hot in the urban jungle, and not a Spanish city dweller in sight (all have long since fled to their country homes and beach apartments). Madrid-based contributor Lori Zaino suggests you hop on a train/plane/automobile and head straight out of the city […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Free Hotel Stays in Europe?

July 6, 2014

I love Europe (I was in London last weekend, and I’m actually filming this week’s reader questions in beautiful Madrid, Spain), and I thought it was topical that TPG reader Anthony tweeted me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the best credit cards for free hotel stays in Europe?” Hotels can be expensive in […]

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5 European Beaches Perfect For A Summer Getaway

July 3, 2014

Beach getaways in Europe are practically a religion. Visit almost any large European city in July or August and it will feel noticeably empty. Why? Because everyone’s at the beach, of course. Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino explores some of the best European beach destinations, appropriate for both European city dwellers and foreign tourists anxious for a a little sun […]

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Tips for Traveling Through Spain By Train

June 26, 2014

In Europe, trains can easily be the best way to get around, especially in Spain. I asked Madrid based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to delve into Spanish train travel: routes, tips and more to make your train travel through Spain easy and painless. If you ask anyone in Spain, they will tell you they prefer […]

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Win One Million Qantas Points, Trips to Iceland, Italy & More

June 26, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win One Million Qantas Points: In order to win these points, you must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member and earn Qantas Points in an icon you’ve not yet earned […]

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My Madrid: Eat, Drink, Play, Amor

June 21, 2014

Today we introduce you to another of the TPG staff based far and wide across the United States and Europe. To learn a little more about them, they’re sharing with you their experiences in the destinations they call home. Today, meet Foreign Correspondent Lori Zaino and her Madrid. When I arrived in Madrid in 2008, exhausted and overworked […]

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Maximizing Choice Hotels Privileges For European Travel

June 2, 2014

Let’s face it, the Choice Hotel brands don’t have the best reputation here in the United States. In fact, two of them made TripAdvisor’s list of the America’s Dirtiest Hotels. But as is often the case, American budget hotel chains can offer some pretty nice properties overseas, and even a few luxury hotels here at […]

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Win Trips to Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Prague, Tulum & More

May 29, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are the top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win a Stay at the Peninsula Paris: If you book a room on the Peninsula hotel website before July 31, 2014 at one of the three US Peninsula locations […]

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Daily Getaway May 21: Choice Privilege Points

May 21, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Which Is Best Abroad?

May 18, 2014

TPG reader Tammy recently asked on Facebook: “I’m traveling overseas and looking for the best credit card with no foreign exchange fees. I’ve read about Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Chase Sapphire Preferred on your FB page. Both have no annual fees, so which one do you recommend, or is there another, better option?” When traveling […]

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