Your Layover Guide to Los Angeles (LAX)

Our “Your Layover Guide” series feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon guides…

Last Day to Use AA Miles for Hawaiian Air Flights from the US

As we reported previously, starting tomorrow, AAdvantage members will no longer be able to book awards between Hawaii and the continental US on Hawaiian Airlines. So today’s the day if you want to book that trip; you can book travel through next summer, but your flights must be ticketed today. That being said, this is just…

1,000 Delta Miles with SPG, New IHG Sign-Up Bonus and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 Delta SkyMiles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at any Starwood hotel through January 31, 2016 and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRODL and be sure to have your SkyMiles…

U.S. News and World Report Releases Rewards Program Rankings

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual award program rankings. Today, TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the results. U.S. News and World Report released its annual ranking of travel rewards programs today. Each year, USNWR ranks both airline and hotel rewards programs — and while you might not want to give these ratings too…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

AAdvantage Plans to Restrict Awards on Hawaiian Airlines

Get that Hawaiian vacation booked now, folks: Effective September 1, 2015, AAdvantage members will no longer be able to book awards between Hawaii and the continental US on Hawaiian Airlines. This comes directly from the horse’s mouth — otherwise known as the fine print on AA’s partner page for Hawaiian Airlines. The two airlines will retain…

Free Night at Mandarin Oriental, Win 140,000 Hawaiian Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Complimentary Night at Participating Mandarin Oriental Properties You can receive a complimentary night at any of the participating Mandarin Oriental properties around the world when you stay for at least two or three consecutive paid nights between June 26 and September…

Win a Scotland Adventure, Visit Hawaii & Curacao

Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning a trip around Scotland, a gourmet getaway to Atlanta, an island escape to Curacao, airfare for two on Delta to your choice of destination, or a beach vacation to Hawaii. Win a Dream Vacation to Scotland From Walker’s You can win…

How Should I Use AAdvantage Miles to Fly to Sydney?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m trying to book business class with American Airlines miles to Sydney (SYD) in November and there are almost zero flights. Is it a lost cause? Any advice?” If you want to use American Airlines miles to go to Australia, the easy option is to redeem them…

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the…