Maximizing Distance-Based British Airways Awards in 2016

Devaluations over the years have made it a bit more challenging to maximize your British Airways Avios, but the Executive Club still offers some great redemption offers. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you some of the sweet spots in the carrier’s distance-based award chart. Here at TPG, we always stress…

Review: Air New Zealand 787-9 Business Class — Shanghai to Auckland

With more and more airlines flying to China, and award tickets to New Zealand still hard to find, TPG Special Correspondent John Walton reveals one of his favorite uses of redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles: Flying Air New Zealand from Shanghai to Auckland. (All photos are by the author). It’s common knowledge among the…

Why You Should Add Authorized Users on Your Amex Platinum

The Platinum Card from American Express is one of several premium credit cards that offer several great perks in exchange for a high annual fee. Today, Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get even more value out of this product by adding authorized users who can utilize most of the…

Eat Your Way Through Madrid With This Guide to the Tastiest Tapas

One of the best parts of traveling through Europe is the food. Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some of Spain’s most popular dishes and where to find them in Madrid. (All photos are by author unless otherwise noted.) Madrid seems to have become a hot destination for foodies since you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean meals for…

Top 10 Perks of United Global Services

United’s Global Services is one of the more mysterious status levels in the world of loyalty programs; it’s dedicated to high spenders, and unless you’re a member you can’t view the full list of benefits. However, thanks to some sources lucky enough to hold this status, TPG Contributor Vikram Birring is here with a rundown…

Going Beyond Bourbon Street in New Orleans

New Orleans defies categorization — the city’s identity is rooted in culture and history as well as the landscape and ecology of southern Louisiana. TPG Contributor Amy Beth Wright and her husband Derek Wright recently spent time in the neighborhoods just outside the French Quarter, exploring a unique mix of nature and culture. Read on for her impressions. (All…

6 Experiences That Should Be On Every New Travel Blogger’s Bucket List

Being a travel blogger nowadays means staying on top of the latest trends and always being ahead of the curve. Here, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares six travel industry experiences that belong on every new travel blogger’s bucket list. (All photos are by the author.) Over the years, I’ve learned that there are some truly fantastic…

7 Easy Ways to Stay Connected While Traveling Abroad

Everyone hates the idea of seeing roaming charges on your phone bill after a trip abroad. We’ve all been there, but the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way — TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino explains how you can stay connected on the cheap without much effort. While we sometimes travel with the…

Review: Hainan Airlines A330-300 Business Class — Changsha to Beijing

Following his flight on Hainan Airlines’ new route from Los Angeles to Changsha aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen caught a connecting flight on Hainan’s A330-300 in business class on the short hop from Changsha to Beijing. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author.) A $1,358…

Should You Get the British Airways Card Now or Wait?

Until recently, the British Airways Visa Signature Card offered a sign-up bonus that could earn you a total of 100,000 Avios. That offer recently ended though, and you may be wondering if it’s still worth signing up. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains the pros and cons of applying now. The British…