The American Airlines Mistake-Fare Guide to Beijing

If you were lucky enough to get the American Airlines $462 Business Class mistake fare to Beijing, you’re already used to the satisfaction that comes after working through confusing restrictions and finding your way through crowded thoroughfares and dead ends—perfect preparation for a visit to the Chinese capital. New TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten…

Using Avios for Short-haul Flights from Oneworld Hubs

British Airways Avios have long been valued for short-haul redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how much value you can expect to get by redeeming on Oneworld and other partner airlines from their respective hubs. With the impending Avios devaluation coming next month, and British Airways locking out many Executive Club members and zeroing…

7 Rewards Credit Cards You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some less common travel rewards credit cards to see what kind of value they offer. Would you rather drive an Alpha Romeo than a Honda, or drink craft microbrews over Budweiser? Then perhaps you might also be interested in trying out a rewards credit card that isn’t…

Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…

Redeeming Amex Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

I value Amex Membership Rewards at 2.0 cents apiece. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. TPG’s latest monthly valuations listed American Express Membership Rewards just behind Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Diners Club Rewards as the most valuable…

How To Save on Hotel Rooms Using Tingo and DreamCheaper

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at two new websites that can help you save on paid hotel stays. Technology has been a wonderful friend to the travel industry. Companies like Uber and Hotel Tonight enable travelers to connect with travel providers directly to utilize their services, a classic example of linking supply and demand….

Last-Minute Upgrade Strategies on US Airways

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority (for the next few days, at least!) on US Airways. It’s…

10 Hotel Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Travel plans can change, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which hotel apps are making it to easier to book rooms, find properties nearby, and more when you’re away from home. I’m always interested in finding tools than can improve my travel experience. Last week I reviewed…

Is Saver Level Award Availability Improving or Disappearing?

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks again at several routes where low-level awards are scarce, to see if conditions have improved. Two months ago,…

Hotel Review: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

TPG’s COO Leigh Rowan recently attended the TEDActive conference in Whistler, British Columbia. While at the conference, he stayed at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa; and here’s his experience. The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is located in Whistler Village among the town’s other resort properties. It’s close to the convention center, which was…