How to Use Virgin Atlantic Miles Without Fuel Surcharges

TPG Contributor Jason Steele returns to tell us how to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic miles without getting hit with huge fuel surcharges and fees The American Express Membership Rewards program is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program through May 31. While this could be a terrific…

How to Minimize Costs When Using Your Phone Internationally and Top Apps for Communicating Abroad

TPG contributor Debbie Emery did some research on the top ways to use your phone to communicate while traveling international, so read up before you get stuck with a huge bill after your summer trip abroad! A mammoth cell phone bill after an international trip can wipe out any savings you might have gotten by…

Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Book Complex Awards?

TPG reader Jim asks: “How do you guys always book those multi-segment awards for the low mileage amounts?  I use Expert Flyer and can find the segments I want, but If I try to book it, it seems like it will charge me for each segment individually and not as a single 25,000 domestic or 40,000-60,000 international….

Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus…

The Benefits of Hotel Hopping

There are many “destructive” activities that come along with obsessive mileage and point collecting, like buying coins, mileage running and opening up tons of credit cards. I put destructive in quotes, because what may be destructive to one person is fun and lucrative to another. While I try to think I’m mainstream in pursuing my…

How to Use Same Day Flight Changes to Your Advantage

One of the perks I enjoy most about my Diamond elite status, is the ability to Same Day Confirm for free to other flights when traveling domestically. Knowing how to use Same Day Flight changes with your airline is critical to traveling “smarter,” even if you aren’t a frequent flyer. I have personally used SDC to increase…

My Interesting Experience Booking Iberia Award Tickets

I recently had a client who approached me with a somewhat outlandish request – 2 one way business class tickets from New Orleans to Barcelona with only one stop, on a very particular date. The request also required a reasonable layover since the clients were senior citizens and to boot, they only had 90,000 Amex points….