A First Class Cabin to Myself: Qatar Airways A380, Paris-Doha

It’s been my goal for quite a while to fly the three Middle Eastern carriers — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. I’ve already had the opportunity to fly Emirates’ first-class product a couple times, so it was time for me to finish the trio with Qatar and Etihad. As much as I love Emirates, I find that…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Paris

My most recent visit to Paris was for the city’s busy Fashion Week, which filled up points-friendly hotel options like the Westin Paris – Vendôme, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and the Prince de Galles. So I took the opportunity to try out a property that’s famous for not being a points hotel — the Mandarin Oriental Paris. There’s…

Deal Alert: $99 One-Way Fares to Amsterdam and Paris on WOW Air

Flights to Europe just got cheaper for East Coast flyers. Budget airline WOW Air has deals from Baltimore (BWI) and Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) and Paris (CDG) with one-way fares starting at $99. All of these flights funnel through WOW’s hub in Reykjavik — connection times start at 70 minutes and there’s no need to go through security. While flights…

Favorite Places: An All-You-Can-Eat Cheese Cave in France

Time for another installment of our weekend series ”Favorite Places,” featuring beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne took a whirlwind trip through Europe, with a stop in Bordeaux, France for a delightful meal at a cheese-lovers’ paradise called Baud et Millet. (All photos by…

Uber Executives Arrested in Paris Following Protests

Uber’s controversy in France continues this week after two of its top executives were taken into custody by French police for “illicit activities,” according to the Associated Press. These events follow last week’s anti-Uber protests in Paris (and other parts of France), which shut down the city. The demonstrations headed by Parisian taxi drivers halted travel…

Hotel Review: Le Meridien Etoile, Paris

On a trip that paired a visit to the Paris Air Show with a leisurely weekend in the capital of fashion, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert stayed at the Le Méridien Etoile in the 17th arrondissement. Read on to see if this conveniently located Starwood property is right for your next trip to the City of…

6 Tips for Using Points and Miles to Visit London and Paris

New TPG Contributor Amanda Pressner Kreuser of The Lost Girls and her husband, Jason, delayed their dream trip to London and Paris for years, at first due to the high currency exchange rates of the British pound and the euro, then upon the arrival of their first child. However, when the dollar started gaining strength and Kreuser’s mother agreed to babysit, the…

Taking a Helicopter Transfer from Nice to Monaco

On my recent trip to Monaco (to accept an award on behalf of a youth group in Ghana that won Peace Jam’s One Billion Acts of Peace Service Project of the Year), I wanted a transfer from Nice Airport (NCE) directly to my hotel in Monaco. The distance is roughly 18 miles, but the trip length depends greatly…

Flight Review: Delta Air Lines 767 Business Class, JFK – Nice

Last week, I had to be in Monaco for a few days (to accept an award on behalf of a youth group in Ghana that won Peace Jam’s One Billion Acts of Peace Service Project of the Year, and to attend the Monaco International TV and Film Festival) and was glad to find a last-minute seat in business class aboard Delta’s Boeing…

7 Cycling Adventures That Will Really Move You

Exploring a destination on a bicycle tour creates a connection to all five senses that you can’t get any other way. TPG Contributor Joel Ward shares seven places around the globe perfect for two-wheeled travel, even if you’re a newcomer to the world of cycling. (As you read on, remember that tours like these are categorized as travel…