Tips for Planning a Vacation at the Last Minute

Planning a perfect trip requires putting in some time to research your best options, from flights to hotels and local activities. While planning ahead is always preferable, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr is here to show you that cobbling together a great itinerary at the last minute is still possible.  Finding out at the last minute that you…

Tips for Planning a Vacation 1-6 Months Out

Planning a perfect trip requires putting in some time to research your best options, from flights to hotels and local activities. As TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains, the earlier you start the more flexibility you have and the more opportunities to earn the points and miles you’ll need. Keep reading for his tips on making the…

Tips For Planning a Vacation Many Months in Advance

Planning a perfect trip requires putting in some time to research your best options, from flights to hotels and local activities. As TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains, getting started as early as six months out affords you plenty of flexibility, and many opportunities to earn the points and miles you’ll need. Read on for his…

How to Maximize a Flight Deal with a Mileage Run

With the end of the year creeping ever closer, many elite flyers may be concerned about not achieving their desired status for next year. Enter the mileage run, a trip planned primarily — or even solely — for the elite and/or redeemable mileage you’ll earn. TPG Contributor JT Genter shows how you can turn a…

Update Your Airline Profiles with Your Known Traveler Number

Update: WestJet, Etihad, Cape Air, Aeromexico, Allegiant and Seaborne now also participate in TSA PreCheck. You’ve gone through all of the steps to become a Trusted Traveler — the application, the fees and the interview — so don’t get stuck in the slow lane just because you forgot the last step of the process! TPG Contributor…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Maximizing Your Hotel Points

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express, Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card For travelers looking to maximize their number of award nights at hotels, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the fourth installment of her…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard 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…

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…