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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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Overview of Hotel Resort Fees and How to Avoid Them

October 21, 2014

As an award travel enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that airlines and hotels don’t always make it easy. Changing programs, inconsistent policies, and unexpected fees all add to the challenge of using your points and miles effectively. But for every problem that pops up, you can count on award travelers to find several solutions. […]

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Domestic Routes with International Business and First Class

October 20, 2014

You might not be thrilled about flying domestic business or first class, but some airlines operate aircraft with their international premium cabins on domestic routes, and those seats are up for grabs. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at some routes where flyers can take advantage of these opportunities. Apart from […]

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Why Gas Credit Cards Can’t Compare to Travel Rewards

October 20, 2014

Most airlines and hotels have co-branded credit cards that offer a good (or sometimes great) return on spending within the brand. Many gas brands have similar card offerings, but today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why the value of these cards just doesn’t measure up. Gas isn’t cheap, and it’s a product that most Americans need regularly, so […]

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Long Term Family Travel and the Perks of Extended Vacations

October 17, 2014

While I love slipping off for a weekend or overnight getaway, there’s much to be said for longer trips, which give you the opportunity to fully unwind and explore your surroundings. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele chats with family travel blogger Shawn Coomer about the benefits, challenges, and logistics of traveling for an extended period, and offers some […]

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Singapore Airlines First Class Suites: How To Book on Miles

October 16, 2014

On the heel’s of a blogger circulating his review of Singapore’s sought-after First Class Suites last week (and then being called out for plagiarizing his work!), there has been a lot more interest in just how it is possible to snag one of these over-the-top seats. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look into […]

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Rental Car Credit Cards: The Weekly Wish

October 16, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: that savvy card issuers would release co-branded credit cards for rental car companies. The bulk of coverage here at TPG is devoted to airline and hotel loyalty programs. We want […]

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How to Navigate Thailand’s Boundless Beach Scene

October 15, 2014

TPG International Correspondent and beach lover Lori Zaino guides us through some great spots to get some sun in Thailand. There is nothing that makes me happier than a long stretch of white sand and waves crashing the shore. I am a beach girl at heart and constantly searching the world over for beautiful seaside spots. […]

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Using US Airways Miles to Book South African Airways Awards

October 15, 2014

One piece of information that has been overlooked amid the US Airways/American Airlines merger is that US Airways has maintained its partnerships with several airlines outside of the Oneworld alliance, including South African Airways. While there’s no word yet on when these partnerships will end, or whether US Airways’ award chart will change further, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen […]

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Top UK Credit Cards: British Airways, Hilton, and More

October 15, 2014

If you’re a U.S.-based reader of The Points Guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you’ve applied for at least one credit card offer with a large sign-up bonus. Unfortunately, most (if not all) of these offers are unavailable to readers outside the country. To help our readers elsewhere make the most of credit card […]

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Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

October 14, 2014

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options […]

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Maximizing Points, Miles, and Dollars at the Spa

October 14, 2014

From the Away Spa at the W Vieques in Puerto Rico to the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel in Chicago, some of my most relaxing travel experiences have come at the hands of hotels and resorts that offer spa services. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for how to make spa visits less expensive and […]

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11 Tips for Traveling with Senior Citizens

October 10, 2014

One of my favorite award trips of all time was accompanying my grandmother to California three years ago to visit family. At (then) 89 years old, it wouldn’t have been possible by herself, but together we were able to make the trip, and I was so thankful for being able to travel with her. Today, TPG Contributor […]

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Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses: The Weekly Wish

October 9, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: consistent transfer bonuses from Amex Membership Rewards to airline and hotel travel partners. Last Thursday, my Weekly Wish focused on how the Starwood Preferred Guest program could improve by offering […]

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Which Virgin America Visa Signature Card is Best for You?

October 8, 2014

I’m a fan of over-the-top credit card sign-up bonuses that offer a bonanza of miles all at once, but there are plenty of cards with less substantial bonuses that are worth having for their other benefits. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shows us the ins and outs of two such cards from Virgin America, and offers some guidelines for deciding […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz Wall Street, New York – Andaz Suite

October 7, 2014

TPG Contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the Andaz Wall Street with his wife for a weekend getaway. Here’s his review of the luxurious Hyatt brand’s Wall Street outpost. Stay tuned for more New York hotel reviews from the TPG team’s recent travels. I have a confession to make: as a native New Yorker, I’ve gone […]

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Choosing a Rewards Credit Card: 5 Questions Before You Apply

October 7, 2014

In the time I’ve spent mastering the art of award travel, I’ve learned that there are many ways to get from A to B, but they’re far from equal. One airline or hotel might suit you where another won’t, and the same goes for rewards credit cards. Having a card that meets your particular needs is an important step toward traveling the […]

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Amex Membership Rewards Card Showdown – Which Card Wins?

October 2, 2014

Yesterday, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a calendar year. Many readers had questions about the change, so today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the benefits of this card going forward, and compares it to two […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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Instant Starwood Points Transfers: The Weekly Wish

October 2, 2014

In the world of award travel, there’s little more frustrating than hunting down the perfect itinerary and locking in on scarce award availability only to have your plans undone by a delay in transferring points from one program to another. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen calls out one notoriously slow transferable points program, and explains why […]

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Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

September 30, 2014

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option. […]

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Hotel Review: W New York Times Square

September 29, 2014

The TPG team recently met in New York for strategy meetings and checked into a variety of hotels across the city. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino stayed at W New York Times Square. Here’s her review of the property. Stay tuned for more New York City hotel reviews from the rest of the team. Having once lived in New […]

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Family Award Travel Destinations and Availability for Summer

September 26, 2014

Booking award travel early has its merits, since you’re likely to see better availability and find the seats and routings you want. Summer is 9 months away, and while not everyone knows their schedule that far in advance, it’s not too early to start planning. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at some great international family destinations and award […]

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Truly Pet-Friendly Hotels: The Weekly Wish

September 25, 2014

Many of you know that I’m the proud parent of a sweet, styling, jet-setting little Blue French Bulldog named Miles. He travels with me whenever it’s feasible, and I love having him along. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen is also a dog owner, and like me, he’s encountered some inhospitable policies from hotels that advertise themselves as […]

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