Insider Series: Are Air Traffic Controllers Asleep on the Job?

TPG Contributor “Vic Vector” is an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In this installment of our Insider Series, he explains how controllers’ schedules work — and why you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the media. Recently cited in an Associated Press article, a 2011 study commissioned by the FAA found that 1…

Delta Bug Fixed, Etihad’s Concierge Service, AA’s Flights to Cuba & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Delta Fixes Korean Air Award Booking Bug Delta’s done a bit of work on its website to fix a bug that previously blocked access to Korean Air awards when the airline had blackout dates in any region. Blackout dates…

Your Points and Miles Guide to New York City

In the first installation of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to New York City using points and miles.  Gotham. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Yet an even better nickname for New York City might be the “Points and Miles Capital of…

10 Photos: Golden Decadence and More in Abu Dhabi

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.) In my first 10 Photos post, I explored Dubai while visiting friends in the city. As this…

Insider Series: Carrie’s Galley Gossip — Part One

In her new column, “Carrie’s Galley Gossip,” TPG Insider Carrie A. Trey shares some of her favorite stories about life at 35,000 feet. Often, as we sit on the jumpseat winging our way across the Atlantic at 500mph, one of our favorite activities as cabin crew is to tell stories. Goodness knows that given the sheer…

Applicant’s Remorse: Bitter from a Bigger, Better Bonus

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler (and credit card game player) knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. I don’t remember exactly when…

Favorite Places: The Glorious Cardiff Castle in Wales

Our weekend series ”Favorite Places,” features beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne took a whirlwind trip through Europe that started in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. There she visited one of the best-preserved historical structures in the country, the splendid, formerly private home known…

Free Marriott Points, United Club Access Changes & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Buy Your Way into Air France’s La Première Lounge Air France is opening up its First Class Lounge privileges in Paris (CDG) for passengers on long-haul flights with an Air France business class ticket. Here’s what you’ll have to…

Your Layover Guide to Rome (FCO)

Our “Your Layover Guide” 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. Today, TPG Contributor Nicholas du Pont guides us through Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino…

10 Photos: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our “In 10 Photos” essays include tips on exploring destinations, getting travel discounts and redemptions, and always, how to have a great time anywhere for less. Fresh off a 17-day trip to Rio de Janeiro, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman and his son, Kofi Lee-Berman, share their Brazilian adventures in both text and photos.  Sometimes, all the reason you need to…