4 Referral Bonus Programs to Help Fund Your Next Getaway

While earning points and miles is one of the best ways to enjoy free travel, leveraging referral programs can help too. Below, TPG Contributor Ryan Martin walks you through four of the top options and shows you how they can get you closer to your next vacation. While most opportunities to earn points and miles involve…

Book a Round-Trip Ticket Between Frankfurt and New York on Lufthansa via… Airbnb?

Whereas travelers used to rely on staying in hotels or crashing with friends and family, Airbnb has quite literally opened the doors to strangers’ homes. Now, the booking site is taking its listings a step further by allowing travelers to book a “stay” with Lufthansa — you read that right — on a round-trip flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to…

How to Pick the Perfect Cuban Destination For You

Just back from a three-week trip to Cuba, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights some of the best places to visit so you can decide where to go first. (All photos are by Darrel Hunter unless otherwise specified). Cuba offers so much beyond its capital city of Havana, and thanks to new flights launching this September on Silver Airways and American…

10 Essential Things To Know Before Your First Trip To Cuba

Upon returning from her second three-week visit exploring Cuba, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino explains everything you need to know before heading there. All photos are by Darrel Hunter. With a recent ease in travel restrictions to Cuba and exciting news that nonstop flights between the US and Cuba are officially launching this September, many Americans are planning to…

Will Airbnb Be Banned in New York?

Last week, the New York State Legislature sent a bill to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk that, if signed, would ban many Airbnb listings — specifically short-term rentals lasting fewer than 30 days — throughout the state. While many short-term listings in Manhattan that offer an entire apartment are technically in violation of ordinances that were passed last year, these…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s…

Airbnb and Pixar Literally Want You to Spend the Night on the Great Barrier Reef

Through its “Night At” series, where Airbnb users can register to win a stay at once-in-a-lifetime accommodations, the vacation rental company has given away free one-night stays at Fenway Park, Ellis Island, Maracanã Stadium in Brazil and a shark aquarium in Paris. Now, it’s headed back to the sea — this time in Australia — for an unforgettable…

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

Expedia CEO Predicts that Facebook Will Enter Travel Booking

Ask anyone to name their favorite travel booking site and you’ll likely hear Booking.com, Kayak, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Priceline. But if Expedia, Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is right, Facebook may soon be joining that list. Yes, the same site that reconnected you with your best friend from kindergarten might very well become your first stop…

3 Easy Ways to Avoid Scams on Airbnb

TPG Contributor Hao Tran, one of Airbnb’s Superhosts in San Francisco, shares his best tips for booking and what you should look out for the next time you’re planning a trip with this vacation rental site.  Ever wonder about the legitimacy of the Airbnb listing you’re looking at? Are you getting the real deal or will it…