9 Incredibly Expensive Airport Makeovers Happening Right Now

TPG Contributor Jennifer Wood highlights nine of the biggest airport revamps happening right now, from New York to Rio. It’s hardly hyperbole to say that the travel industry is in a never-ending state of flux. As bigger planes take to the skies, cheaper airfares become easier to find and new destinations grow in popularity (hello, Cuba), people…

5 Things Every Harry Potter Fan Should Do In London

Just in time for the July 30 midnight release of J.K. Rowling’s latest creation, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett highlights the places in London every HP fan should visit. Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Consider this your guide to geeking out at many of the London locations from the books and movies, and where to…

10 of the Weirdest Ways to Redeem Points and Miles

Most of us collect travel rewards to earn free flights or a luxurious award stay at a hotel, but there are plenty of other options out there. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr outlines several strange ways to cash in your account balances. Flying on an award ticket or staying in a…

Hotels Are Now Targeting a New Demographic: People Who Don’t Want a Room

Ask someone — anyone — to explain the basic way a hotel makes money and the answer is likely to sound something like, “They charge out-of-towners $150 or so a night for a temporary home away from home.” While this does sum up the basic business strategy of any type of lodging facility, today’s hotels…

JetBlue’s Flying to Cuba First, With One-Way Fares from $99

JetBlue just announced the starting dates for its flights to Cuba, which are also now available to book, starting at just $99 each way from Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Not only is JetBlue offering cheaper tickets on it’s inaugural flight to Santa Clara than competitor Silver Airways, which will also fly the route nonstop, it’s also beginning service one day earlier on…

One Last AA Mileage Run Before the Devaluation on August 1

TPG Contributor Eric Goldner just got back from an epic three-day adventure that earned him AA Platinum status. Here’s how he did it. A few weekends ago, I embarked on a mileage run that would take me from coast to coast, down to Miami and over to Panama for a grand total of $942.85. I was on a mission:…

How to Use and Maximize Free Nights from the IHG Credit Card

One of the best features of the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is the free night you’ll earn after your account renewal date. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to use and maximize this perk. There are many reasons to carry travel rewards credit cards in your wallet beyond…

Airbus is Using Drones to Help Inspect its Aircraft

It’s usually cause for concern when drones fly too close to airplanes, but Airbus is embracing the technology in hopes that it’ll help expedite the process of inspecting aircraft before flights. The current process for aircraft inspections is time-consuming, tedious and even considered to be dangerous, as inspectors have to use cranes and lifts to get close…

Redeeming Starpoints for Maximum Value

Thanks to a wide variety of high-value opportunities to redeem your points, Starpoints top TPG’s monthly valuations list. If you’re looking to redeem your rewards, though, it helps to know how each of the SPG program’s many redemption options stack up. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr ranks them all. More than a…

Booking A Hyatt Points + Cash Award When There’s No Availability

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in a difficult situation when a Hyatt Points + Cash award he meant to book mysteriously disappeared… after he’d transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book it. But as he discovered, Hyatt agents can sometimes open up award availability. As always, it never hurts to ask! I’m traveling to…