Is Amex Platinum Worth It If I’m Not Near Centurion Lounges?

TPG reader Mel tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth replacing my Citi Prestige card with an American Express Platinum Card if I typically fly out of Newark, which does not have a Centurion lounge? Are there any other benefits I should consider?” Unfortunately, there is no Centurion Lounge at Newark (EWR), and the…

Emirates Opens $6.2 Million Lounge at LAX

Last week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Emirates opened a brand new lounge for first and business class passengers of Emirates’ once-daily A380 flight to Dubai (DXB), as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne was there for the big reveal, and here’s her take on the airline’s 37th worldwide airport lounge and…

Travel Rewards March Madness Is Here: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he kicks off the first round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. This week marks the official start of March Madness, one of the most exciting competitions in all of sports. To mark the occasion, the team here at…

Is There an Amex Centurion Lounge in Every Airport?

TPG reader Marlon tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy—I’ve been thinking of getting the Platinum Card from American Express. Is there a Centurion Lounge in every airport?” Well, don’t we all wish! The Amex Centurion Lounges are amazing; however, there are currently only four full-fledged Centurion Lounges: at New York LaGuardia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, and San…

Amex Centurion Lounges: Locations, Access, and Amenities

Not all airport lounges live up to the hype, but the Amex Centurion Lounges continue to impress me. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores these lounges both domestically and abroad to help you get a better sense of the value they offer. Airport lounge access can be incredibly valuable. However, you don’t need to pay for…

Which Is Better: Chase Ritz-Carlton or Amex Platinum Card?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader @AGlobalAffair tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “How would you rate the benefits of…

Inside the Super Exclusive VIP Lounge at Havana Airport

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba, What to Do and See in Havana, and my hotel review on…

How Do You Estimate Travel Time from Lounge to Gate?

TPG reader Precia tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I’m new to lounges; how do you make sure you get from the lounge to your gate in time for your flight?” This question hits home for me because I often fly out of New York, and the Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport is located before security,…

Top 8 Priority Pass Lounges that Are Worth a Layover

Not all airport lounges are created equal; while some offer little more than shelter from the terminal, the best ones can make your travels much more comfortable, while adding a welcome touch of luxury. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers his selections for the best lounges in the Priority Pass portfolio. If you’re a frequent flyer, you probably value…

Should I Get the Amex Platinum or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader Matt emailed me to ask: “I am currently 22 and undecided if I…