Score 2,500 SPG Points by Adding an Authorized User to Your Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Card

SPG’s recent promotion is great news for anyone who currently holds a Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express: by simply adding an authorized user to your credit card, you can earn an additional 2,500 SPG points. Although some cardholders may have received an email about the promotion, it seems that anyone can take advantage by adding an AU…

World’s Most Unusual Hotels: The World’s Biggest Beagle

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 a hotel in the shape of a giant beagle. (All photos are courtesy of the hotel.) I’m always on…

10 Great Italian Wines You Can’t Buy Here in the US

TPG Contributor Roger Morris knows wine. Here, he digs up some of the best offerings in Italy’s arsenal — that you can only buy there. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, one of the earliest “Super Tuscan red blends,” blossomed in the 1970s and changed the way the wine world categorized bottles by ditching the strict rules of Italian Denominazione di Origine…

The Ridiculous Thing That’s Delaying Flights 

As infuriating as flight delays can be, there are plenty of good reasons for why a plane may not be ready for takeoff at its scheduled time, like extreme weather, not-so-extreme-but-still-inclement weather and late-arriving aircraft. One excuse that’s not likely to fly with passengers? A broken coffee maker. Yet that’s the official reason some passengers…

5 Easy Ways to Zika-Proof Your Travels

TPG Contributor Alex Pasquariello outlines five simple steps you can follow to protect yourself from Zika Virus in tropical destinations — and in your own backyard. Enter the Dog Days of Zika, this summer’s long, hot slog against our old arch nemesis, Aedes Aegypti, once the destroyer of empires, armies and in modern times, a threat to…

Traveling to Turkey in the Wake of the Military Coup

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino shares her experiences in Istanbul following last week’s failed military coup in Turkey. (All photos are by the author). I’d booked a trip from Madrid (MAD) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) on Turkish Airlines a few months ago, adding a 15-hour layover at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) after realizing that Turkish Airlines transit passengers can…

Ibiza is Running Out of Water, and Would Really Like You to Stay Home

The first rule for any party-minded vacationer is to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, Ibiza can’t help you with that — at least not for very much longer. The third largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands is in the midst of what some might call an identity crisis. Though it has long been considered one of the world’s wildest…

Update on Crediting American Airlines Flights to Alaska in 2016

After American Airlines announced changes to the AAdvantage program last year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covered the basics of crediting American Airlines flights to Alaska Airlines instead. But with Alaska instituting new mileage-earning rates for American flights in August, it’s time for an update. Here are the factors you need to consider. It was…

Take a Look Inside Virgin Australia’s New 777 Business Class

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen swung by LAX yesterday for an exclusive tour of Virgin Australia’s new business-class cabin aboard the 777-300ER. There, Virgin Australia Group CEO John Borghetti and Tangerine design-firm Chief Creative Officer Matt Round gave a group of media an inside look at the plane and its new classes of service. After…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…