10 Photos: Fourth of July on LA’s South Bay Beaches

In his travel photo essays, TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon includes tips on exploring destinations, redeeming miles, gaining elite status and improving your own photography while traveling. Between TPG posts, follow his photo work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) If you find yourself in the Los Angeles area this Fourth of July holiday and are…

Bonus AA Miles, Triple HHonors Points, New Airline Service

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double AAdvantage Miles with Fairmont This summer, you can earn double AAdvantage miles when you book one of the Fairmont F-scapes North American vacation packages for stays now through September 20, 2015. Here’s a list of all the…

Insider Series: What Do Air Traffic Controllers Actually Do?

The newest addition to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Vic Vector,“ an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In his first installment, he’ll clarify and establish the basic roles and duties of air traffic controllers. What comes to mind when you think of air traffic control? Whatever image you just came up with, I’m…

Your Layover Guide to Dubai (DXB)

Our “Layover Lowdown” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset guides us through the ever-changing Dubai International Airport (DXB). Connecting…

10 Photos: Mega-Malls, Panoramic Views and More in Dubai

This is the first travel photo essay from new TPG Contributor (and professional photographer) Patrick T. Fallon, who in future posts hopes to provide useful guides to destinations that include tips on exploring, redeeming miles, gaining status and improving your own photography while traveling. Between TPG posts, follow his work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) My first…

Help a Dog Rescue in Thailand with Points, Miles and More

For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid traveler and owner of two rescue pups herself — shares how you can help an animal rescue in Thailand bring dogs to America to find their forever homes. (All photos by Soi Dog Foundation.) Many travelers, especially those visiting…

Napa vs. Sonoma: Which Wine Country Is Right for You?

Napa and Sonoma are collectively known as California wine country, but while they’re side by side — separated by a mountain range — they’re far from interchangeable. TPG Contributor (and wine-lover) Katie Hammel, a frequent visitor to both, explains their differences and offers advice on what to do and where to stay, eat and drink in both destinations. Cheers! The Basics of…

Favorite Places: Stone Street in New York

Our weekend series, “Favorite Places,” features beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. Today, TPG Contributor Matthew Zuzolo gives us a glimpse of the delightful/delicious Stone Street in New York City. Stone Street Historic District is located in New York City’s bustling Financial District, just a short walk from TPG headquarters in Lower…

Insider Series: How Are TSA Officers Trained?

TPG Contributor “Patrick Down” is presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport. In this installment of our Insider Series, he answers a question he’s frequently asked: What does it take to become a TSA officer? The general requirements for being a TSA officer (TSO) are a high school diploma or GED, a…

Travel Light — Or Pay a Heavy Price

Every travel site will tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bimonthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless otherwise noted.) I used to…