10 Photos: Exploring Exotic Myanmar

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is a mythical destination that’s relatively undiscovered thanks to its only recently relaxed borders. TPG Contributor Lori Zaino recently returned from a trip to the bustling city of Mandalay and the ancient town of Bagan, where she explored temples, parks and monuments, and experienced the country’s local charm. (All photos are by author —…

Maximizing Rapid Rewards, Status Challenge Round-Up, a Sneaky Hotel and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Insider Series: A Day in the Life of a Pilot — Preparing for Takeoff

TPG Contributor “Marty McFly” is a pilot for a major US-based airline. In his next few Insider posts, he’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look into what the average day is like for an airline pilot. Imagine you’re waiting at the gate 45 minutes before departure — in spite of the fact that your jet hasn’t even pulled up…

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: Spend the Night at an Artsy Spanish Winery

Our new series from TPG Contributor Lori Zaino, “World’s Most Unusual Hotels,” features some of the craziest, most unique properties around the globe, perfect for adventurous travelers who are ready for a little something different. Here, she guides us through the Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel located in northern Spain’s…

An Easier Path to the Southwest Companion Pass, More TSA Mayhem, Saving on Paid Airfare and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Top Cards for May, United Status Upgrades, 100k Amex Platinum Offer and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Insider Series: Carrie’s 5 Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights

Having logged more than 325,000 miles last year — and 85% of the time on long-haul flights — few people know more about what it takes to survive a long flight. Here, TPG Insider Carrie A. Trey shares some of her best tips and tricks so you can come off the plane looking fresh as a daisy. Long-haul travel can be really fun…

May Monthly Valuations, Reviewing United’s Island Hopper, A JetBlue Status Challenge and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Maximizing Your Points and Miles in Puerto Rico

TPG Contributor Lane Nieset explores the many ways to maximize your points and miles on a trip to Puerto Rico. (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) Puerto Rico is an island that deserves much more time than just a few hours while your cruise ship is in port. Make this Caribbean island a destination…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? May Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…