Maximizing American Airlines’ Award Routing Rules

In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how you earn miles to a revenue-based system, introducing a new elite level as well as spending requirements for all status tiers, changing some award regions and routing possibilities and generally devaluing much of the airline’s award chart. That’s not…

My 5 Travel Essentials: Celebrity Designer Clare Vivier

It was during home-ec class at high school in St. Paul that the stitch itch got celeb designer Clare Vivier. “I loved learning to sew,” said Vivier, who nurtured that affection over the years, even listing ‘bag designer’ as her occupation on her marriage certificate long before she founded her eponymous leather goods line, Clare…

What to do if You — or the Person Next to You — is a Passenger of Size on the Plane

Last week, I came across this provocative article on Quora (“What it’s like to be that fat person sitting next to you on the plane”) and asked our very own Flight Attendant Insider, Carrie A. Trey, to share her thoughts. Here, she explains how you can best deal with this potentially awkward situation, whether you’re the passenger of size…

Comedian T.J. Miller on Lost Baggage, Airport Hell and Checking His Shoes

T.J. Miller, better known as Erlich Bachman on the HBO hit series “Silicon Valley,” travels more than most actors; it’s woven into the stand-up comic life. Here, the quirky, cerebral humorist, who will star in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film “Ready Player One” (now filming), offers advice about toiletries, carry-ons and his need to always pack…

Where to Find the Best Views in Havana, Cuba

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights some of the best spots in Cuba’s capital city where you can enjoy views of Havana from above. (All photos are by Darrel Hunter unless otherwise specified). 1. Bar Piscina Mirador at Hotel Saratoga This spot is ideal if you want to take in some amazing Havana views while soaking up some serious…

10 Things No One Tells You About… Edinburgh

From wheels down to sun up, TPG Contributor Amanda Wowk wants you to experience Edinburgh like the locals.  The beautiful city of Edinburgh is best known for its stunning castle, (surprisingly) tasty haggis and world-renowned festivals. While all of these attractions are worth checking out, the Scottish capital’s lesser known gems have plenty to offer as…

FYI: Pizza Delivery Drones are Taking Off in New Zealand

When it comes to having a fresh, hot pizza delivered directly into your hands, the days of using a rotary phone to dial up your local pizza parlor seem like something out of The Flintstones. From online ordering to pepperoni-toting robots, pizza makers have turned into early tech adopters as a way to stay ahead of the…

Booking American Airlines Awards with Partner Programs

Especially after American’s recent award chart devaluation, it could be worth looking to other frequent flyer programs when you want to book free flights on AA metal. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr evaluates all your options. You can book stopovers and an open jaw when flying American Airlines on an award…

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday With Free Entry to 412 NPS Sites — Plus, Points Hotels to Stay in Nearby

The first federal act of land protection, signed by President Lincoln in 1864, ceded the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California, “to be held for public use, resort and recreation.” Yellowstone National Park became the world’s first national park in 1872, and on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson’s…

9 Ways to Use Your Amenity Kit Once You Get Home

Flying premium, or even economy on select international carriers, usually means that you get to leave your flight with a shiny new amenity kit, which includes all the basic essentials to help you feel comfortable and refreshed during a long-haul flight. Once the flight’s over, though, oftentimes the kits are neglected or left behind as passengers…