5 Great Places to Spend New Year’s Eve 2015 on Points and Miles

Toast the new year in the best way possible — traveling to a destination known for throwing a killer New Year’s Eve party! TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us around the globe to some of the hottest New Year’s Eve destinations for over-the-top firework displays and celebrity-led soirées. 1. Miami, Florida New Year’s Eve in Miami brings…

10 Destination Spas That Take You Away From It All

Never one to shy away from a good spa treatment, TPG Contributor David Hoffmann of the travel blog David’s Been Here shares some of his favorite spa experiences around the world, from beaches to cities to the heart of the Arabian desert.  Timeless Spa at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa — Dubai, UAE Being stranded…

Exciting New Airline Routes for October 2015 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Assistant Editor Matt Zuzolo shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) could…

Deal Alert: Flights to Miami from $96 on American

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: American to Miami from $106

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…

6 Wyndham US Beach Properties that make for Awesome Awards

With a nod to the quickly approaching start of summer, today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shares his favorite domestic Wyndham properties that offer both a great beach destination and a solid award redemption. The more I dig into the Wyndham brand, the more I continue to get excited about the recent “revaulation” of the Wyndham Rewards program. For many of you, the name Wyndham might bring to…

Hotel Review: Royal Palm South Beach Miami

For far too long, Starwood properties in Miami have been a study in extremes — the St. Regis Bal Harbour sits at the high end, while the Four Points by Sheraton (up by 43rd Street) is pretty … basic. Starwood’s newest offering, the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, sits somewhere in the middle. Set right in the heart of South Beach, the property is…

10 of the Happiest Happy Hours in the US

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. With today (hopefully) marking the end of the workweek, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann has scoped out restaurants and bars that are serving up innovative happy hours, letting you…

Turkish Airlines Announces Nonstop Istanbul-Miami Flights

After a 14-year hiatus, Turkish Airlines is set to once again offer nonstop flights from Istanbul Ataturk airport to Miami. Flights are scheduled to begin on October 25, 2015, and will operate daily on a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The flight will operate on the following schedule: TK77 Istanbul to Miami — departing 1:30 pm, arriving…

Which Miami Starwood Hotel is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Carlana tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “I saw your post last Sunday about which NYC Starwood hotel is best for award nights, and was wondering what are the best options for redeeming SPG points in Miami Beach?” Even though I’m a resident of Miami Beach, I’ve still managed to stay at most…