TPG Staff Picks for Best Luggage

Are you in the market for some new luggage? TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino recently asked TPG’s editorial staff to share their favorite suitcases. Here are their recommendations for your next great travel bag, plus a few of her own.  TPG readers are constantly asking us about our favorite luggage and wondering what bags and suitcases…

How to Pick the Perfect Thai Island Paradise For You

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for choosing the perfect Thai island paradise for you, outlining the perks of some of the most popular islands in order to help you find one or two that suit your needs. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified).  With hundreds of islands scattered across the Gulf of…

5 Reasons to Visit Istanbul This Fall

TPG Contributor Vikram Birring traveled to Istanbul earlier this year and had a wonderful time. Here’s why he says you should plan a trip to this fabulous city this fall, when shoulder season prices are king and the crowds are few.  Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans both Europe and Asia, is an ancient…

The Top Uses of Flying Blue Miles

In light of the news that you can now transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to the Flying Blue program, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through some of the best redemption options. Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and other carriers, was recently announced as a new…

5 Money-Saving Tips For Traveling Around Europe

Today, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips and tricks for using points and miles for getting around Europe. (All photos are by the author unless otherwise noted.) Chances are, you’re planing to visit more than one European city — or country — while you’re in the area. If you’ve managed to bank a ton…

Activate Your Q3 Chase Freedom 5x Bonus Category

Chase Freedom’s latest promotion is officially available for enrollment. From July 1 to September 30, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on purchases made at restaurants and wholesale clubs. But, no matter how hungry you are, the 5%/5x return is a limited to the first $1,500 in purchases. If you’re not already a cardholder, now’s as…

Why You Should Add Authorized Users on Your Citi Prestige

The Citi Prestige Card 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 same benefits….

10 Travel Apps for Your Next Trip to Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino helps you stay in the loop with a list of travel apps to download before your next trip to Europe. Travel apps can make the life of a frequent traveler much easier — let’s face it, where would we be without Google Maps, XE Currency Converter and TripIt? As the world of…

6 Tips for Booking Your First Cruise

Planning your first cruise can seem really intimidating, especially with so many options to choose from — where to sail, which cruise line to travel on and how to get the biggest bang for your buck. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr offers his best tips, from the best credit cards to use to picking the perfect…

Review: Malaysia Airlines A380-800 Economy — London to Kuala Lumpur

TPG Contributor Katie Genter recently flew an open-jaw itinerary from Austin (AUS) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL), with a return trip from Jakarta (CGK). After a flight cancellation and rebooking, she found herself taking the long way to KUL on a Malaysia Airlines A380-800 from London Heathrow (LHR) to KUL. Here’s her experience in economy class on…