Using Southwest’s No Change Fee Policy to Maximize Points

Southwest has built its brand around providing low fares with no fees. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart describes how you can use the airline’s lack of change fees to stretch your points and save on award travel. Recently, I wrote about how Rapid Rewards offers great value to domestic flyers. Thanks to the program’s cost-based award pricing, you can maximize your points…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 United Miles

100,000 miles may seem like an unattainable goal, but earning this stash — and spending it on high-value award flights — is easier than you think. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to earn and burn 100k with United’s MileagePlus program. To the veteran frequent flyer, 100,000 miles may seem…

Maximizing RewardsPlus with Marriott and United

In addition to offering their own programs, a variety of major travel brands run partnerships with each other to cross-promote their businesses and encourage customer loyalty. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at one such partnership: Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for 2016

If you’re looking to leverage an airline elite status match or challenge, it can be hard to keep track of all the options out there. To help simplify things, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you through the major carriers’ current offerings below. It seems hard to believe, but we’re almost through…

Why Southwest Rapid Rewards Is Awesome for Domestic Travel

Southwest Airlines often gets overlooked by those in search of a premium flight experience, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart explains why you should include Rapid Rewards in your points and miles portfolio. Southwest has gained a reputation among domestic flyers for the things it doesn’t do. On the positive side, there are no checked bag fees or change/cancellation…

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: Spend the Night at an Artsy Spanish Winery

Our new series from TPG Contributor Lori Zaino, “World’s Most Unusual Hotels,” features some of the craziest, most unique properties around the globe, perfect for adventurous travelers who are ready for a little something different. Here, she guides us through the Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel located in northern Spain’s…

4 Steps to Maximize Starwood Crossover Rewards with Delta

When it comes to award travel, there are plenty of brand partnerships to leverage. One of the most lucrative options is Starwood’s Crossover Rewards, which awards SPG elites perks when traveling on Delta and Delta elites benefits for staying at its properties. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you how to…

Review: Cathay Pacific A330-300 Economy — Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur

On their last outbound leg to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL), TPG Contributors JT and Katie Genter flew in economy on Cathay Pacific’s A330-300. Would the experience be as good as their first time on Cathay Pacific? (All photos are by the author.) For the second year in a row, we booked a trip to flee the country…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 Delta Miles

While Delta SkyMiles are sometimes not-so-lovingly referred to as Sky Pesos, you can still get plenty of value from these rewards with a little savvy and planning. To help show you how, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr demonstrates various ways to earn and then use 100,000 SkyMiles. There hasn’t been a lot of…

4 Common Myths About Solo Travel — And Why You Should Do It Anyway

There’s a big world out there waiting to be explored, but lots of women think they can’t travel if they don’t have someone to go with them. TPG Contributor Rebecca Benson says that’s not true and shares some tips she’s learned from traveling solo in 18 countries. (All photos are by the author). In February, two female Argentine…