Rookie Guide to Award Travel: How to Choose Loyalty Programs

When you get into the points and miles game, one of your first steps will be to choose which loyalty programs to focus on. Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the third installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a breakdown of how to decide which rewards will work best for you. For new award travelers, the sheer number…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Coordinating Trips with a Companion

Double the points, double the benefits, double the fun! Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the second installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to develop a rewards strategy with your travel partner. If you’re new to award travel, one of your earliest (and most crucial) missions is to get your favorite travel partner(s) into the game as well. Whether you’re planning…

How to Use Same-Day Change Policies to Your Advantage

The threat of missing a flight feels like an imminent disaster, but there are ways to salvage your ticket and maybe even your plans. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can avoid (at least some of) the stress of last-minute flight changes by putting these favorable airline policies to work….

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Getting a Rewards Credit Card

Even the most prolific award travelers had to start somewhere. For those of you who are curious about getting into the game, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the first installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to look for a rewards credit card. When I started collecting points and miles more than a decade ago, my…

9 Tips to Save on Baggage Fees

Baggage fees can add up quickly — if you’re not careful, you can wind up with a big bill at check-in. Today, TPG Contributor Matthew Zuzolo looks at some tricks to take a load off your mind and save on extra baggage fees. 1. Get a credit card with related benefits. There are a few credit cards available that offer annual…

9 Ways to Earn More Points and Miles by Double Dipping

To maximize your travel, it’s important to squeeze all the rewards you can out of each opportunity. In this post, TPG Senior Point & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains some strategies for boosting your loyalty account balances by earning from more than one source at a time. Through flights, hotel stays, credit card sign-up bonuses and everyday purchases, you…

No Need to Wait for Tips on Flying Standby—They’re Here

Both an art form and a gamble, flying standby requires patience, flexibility and the willingness to smile in the face of adversity. Like any gamble, volunteering to travel standby —essentially serving as seat-filler for unsold or unclaimed airline seats—could yield rewards like complimentary upgrades to first class or the crushing disappointment of being stuck at an airport for hours on end. Still,…

AirAsia Asean Pass – Travel Southeast Asia at a Discount

Air Travel Passes can be a great way to maximize your travel to a specific region. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at a new product from AirAsia. Last week I wrote about Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia, and one of my suggestions was to check out Air Asia’s new Asean Pass and redeem miles from…

Hotel Openings Worldwide For March 2015

Earlier this year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shared the most exciting hotel openings planned for 2015. However, since that list of 15 properties barely scratched the surface of new hotels we’ll see open across the world this year, he’ll now share a list on a regular basis. This first installment covers openings from January through March, but look out for new entries…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…