Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

How to Status Match on Emirates Skywards

A status match can be an easy way to jump from having no status with an airline or hotel to gaining preferred treatment as a top-tier customer. Today, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan outlines the steps he took recently to get Emirates Skywards Silver status. Late last year, I booked an Emirates economy ticket from SFO to Bangkok (via…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Tokyo

Tokyo is having a moment. It seems like every other day readers are asking how to use their miles to get there, whether it’s to experience cherry blossom season or check out new hotels like the Andaz, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a handy guide for using miles to get to the Japanese…

Top Airlines to Fly International Economy Class

While many frequent flyers daydream about aspirational premium class awards, there are plenty of international economy options that will get you from A to B happily and at a fraction of the cost. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at some of the best options. Let’s be honest; we’d all rather be sitting in the front…

How Safe Is Air Travel? The Statistical Truth

Despite the occasional heavy turbulence, I’ve always felt safe while flying, though I know plenty of people feel less at ease in the air. While you can’t always reason with your anxieties, there’s a case to be made for why flying is one of the safest things you can do. Today, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains….

Guide to Bidding on Flight Upgrades for Premium Seats

I’m 6’7″, so I have long been a fan of flying business and first class, especially on longer international flights. Even if you don’t have the cash or miles on hand to pay for premium classes outright, you do have other options to get a seat near the front of the boat. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains…

How to Book Marriott Award Stays When You’re Short on Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you first have to earn them. At least, that’s how it usually works. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how Marriott lets you spend points even before they reach your account. Being a points and miles enthusiast can induce some anxiety. You might worry that an unannounced devaluation will derail…

6 Sunny Spring Break Spots for Budget Travelers

After the watching blizzards plague the northeast and midwest this winter, many people are hoping to escape (read: flee) the cold for a warm weather getaway. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino helps select some warm destinations that won’t break the bank. After a long childhood in Chicago followed by a few years in New York City,…

Top Credit Cards for Cash Back Rewards and Statement Credits

I love to travel, so I tend to focus on credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits. However, diversification is critical to a successful points strategy, and that includes considering the cash-back options out there. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the best cash back cards to earn a return on your spending, travel or otherwise. Travel rewards are…

How to Challenge for AAdvantage Platinum Status

As the Elite Status year ends and renews on March 1, many frequent flyers are scrambling to maintain status on a variety of airlines. Today, TPG’s COO Leigh Rowan explains how he’s gunning for American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum status—even though he hasn’t stepped on an AA plane in over a year. Like many faithful TPG…