The Best Frequent Flyer Program for Flights Between LAX-SFO

What are your miles and points worth? That seems to be a popular question with a seemingly ever-changing answer. To help our readers get a general idea of the value miles and points, The Points Guy posts a monthly valuation series covering 37 different programs. Our valuations are based on our experience with these programs. However,…

The Best Frequent Flyer Program for Flights Between New York and LAX

What are your miles and points worth? That seems to be a popular question, with a seemingly ever-changing answer. To help readers get a general idea of the value miles and points, TPG posts a monthly valuation series covering 37 different programs. However, the value you’re going to get out of your award miles/points will vary…

The LAPD Just Launched an App for Reporting Terrorist Activity

Most Americans are familiar with the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. The program, which encourages citizens to report suspicious activities to local authorities, has been in place in Los Angeles since 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times. And with the launch of iWatchLA, a new anti-terrorism smartphone app,…

Review: A Standard Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

TO THE POINT: Your room may feel like a modern glass portal from which you can explore the cultural offerings of the booming Downtown LA scene — or like a generic box placed squarely in the center of a giant urban mall. The pros: nice views and a location close to restaurants, bars and sporting events. The cons:…

Review: A Seaside Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

TO THE POINT: The unbeatable view, beach access and fine service make this one of the more memorable Ritz-Carlton properties. The pros: seaside location halfway between LA and San Diego, well-informed staff, top-notch in-house bars and restaurants. The cons: Not everyone gets a room with a view, the pool was small and drab and the bathrooms…

5 Ways to Travel Like a Star in West Hollywood

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or an extended vacay, a visit to Tinsel Town lets travelers slip into the celebrity scene, if only for a few glittering moments. TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin recently performed some extra-strenuous research to find out where the stars dine, drink, lodge and lounge in West Hollywood. Here are some of her best tips for following in…

One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

Deal Alert: US Cities to Los Angeles from $128 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…

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…

Review: Megabus — Las Vegas to Los Angeles

TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten recently took a one-way Megabus ride during a Tuesday afternoon commute from Las Vegas to Los Angeles — for $27. Read on for his impressions of the Megabus experience. (All photos by the author.) Lots of people fly into Las Vegas with dreams of winning big, only to have to make their way home…