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TPG Tips For Surviving Holiday Travel

December 19, 2014

Traveling this year around the holidays? You may need a few tips to keep you sane until you manage to get where you are going and finally start to enjoy yourself. Read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers some guidance on surviving dreaded winter holiday travel. With the scent of fresh pine and baked […]

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Southwest Adds Belize and Other International Destinations

December 19, 2014

I don’t fly Southwest often, partly because of their relatively limited route network. However, their list of destinations keeps growing, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares yet another addition, along with some tips for how to boost your Rapid Rewards balance. Southwest is undergoing a major expansion, but rather than just […]

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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 16, 2014

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I […]

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How to Maximize Rewards and Discounts for Dining

December 15, 2014

There’s more than one way to earn travel rewards, and in some cases, there are many ways to earn all at once. Today TPG Senior Points & Mile Correspondent Jason Steele discusses strategies for leaving your next meal out with more than leftovers. Dining out is both a travel expense and a regular living expense for most people, so it’s perfect […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

December 12, 2014

With news earlier this week that Delta would be revamping its Economy Comfort seats into the new Comfort+, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the current premium economy products available on domestic flights. Earlier this week, Delta announced that it would be rebranding its Economy Comfort seats as Comfort+ […]

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What To Do If Your Flight Is Oversold

December 12, 2014

The airline industry has an inherent degree of unpredictability. While airlines do a mostly good job scheduling flights and filling them with passengers, things inevitably go wrong. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at one of the more common problems in commercial aviation, and explains what to do when you have a ticket, but have no […]

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at North American Airports

December 11, 2014

With news earlier this week that Royal Jordanian would begin operating its 787 Dreamliners from Amman to Montreal and Detroit, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at which North American airports are currently being served by Boeing’s next-generation aircraft, and by which airlines. Note: The information here is current as of publication, but airline […]

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Credit Card Annual Fees: When Does Paying Make Sense?

December 11, 2014

Maximizing award travel means not only getting the most out of your points and miles, but also limiting your cash expenses. To earn big credit card sign-up bonuses, you often have to strike a balance between your rewards and the amount you pay in annual fees. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers his analysis of how to find that […]

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What To Do with Small Points and Miles Balances

December 10, 2014

Travel rewards enthusiasts tend to focus on the big aspirational awards like first-class flights and top-tier hotels. However, maximizing your points and miles is sometimes a matter of getting what you can out of not very much. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen lays out some strategies for doing just that. The points and miles game […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

December 10, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination, […]

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Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 9, 2014

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about […]

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Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

December 8, 2014

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and […]

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Award Travel Tips for Weekend Getaways & Overnight Vacations

December 5, 2014

I’m all about maximizing, and planning my award travel is a tradeoff between using my points or miles efficiently and getting where I want to go. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele presents scenarios where you should be willing to spend more in order to do more, as he looks at ways […]

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Top Business Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

December 3, 2014

Part of maximizing your award travel is learning to weigh the value of the points and miles you earn against the cost of earning them. This is particularly evident when deciding whether to get a credit card with an annual fee, so today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at several business cards with no annual fee to determine whether each one […]

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Maximizing Charitable Donations this Holiday Season

December 2, 2014

I often tell new award travel enthusiasts that one of the keys to accumulating points and miles is learning how to earn rewards on every purchase, and charitable donations are no exception. While your first consideration should be to the charity, today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains ways you can also get while you give. The focus of this site is to help […]

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5 Cool Car Rentals from Ferraris to Bulldozers

December 1, 2014

Rental vehicles are among the more mundane aspects of travel, but today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares 5 fun rental options that should interest savvy travelers and car lovers alike. By now, you know the standard rental car drill, including a schlep to a distant parking lot, picking up some boring econobox, and trying not to get stuck […]

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Overview of Alaska Airlines Award Routing Rules

November 28, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see earlier […]

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How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

November 28, 2014

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption […]

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Overview of US Airways Award Routing Rules

November 27, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see earlier […]

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How the Travel Industry’s Heart Can Grow 3 Sizes this Year

November 27, 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: for airlines and hotels to spread some cheer and goodwill in the holiday spirit. Though I started listening to Christmas music weeks ago, for most people Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. […]

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Overview of American Airlines Award Routing Rules

November 26, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see earlier […]

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7 Ways to Get Great Value from the British Airways Visa

November 26, 2014

In the travel rewards game, earning points and miles is only one half of the equation. How you spend them is what really determines what they’re worth, and how far they’ll take you. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for using British Airways Avios earned from the co-branded Chase credit card. In this month’s ranking of TPG’s top […]

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