Review: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen and his family recently spent three nights at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort in Mexico’s gorgeous Riviera Maya. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) Earlier this year, I realized I still had some vacation days left over and a JetBlue flight credit that…

Hilton Adds Google Maps to In-App Room Selection

Technology has truly revolutionized the travel industry, whether it’s staying connected while on the road or using keyless entry to access your hotel room. Sometimes these enhancements are just plain cool, like the feature Hilton just announced for its app. When you complete your online check-in using the Hilton HHonors app on your iOS or Android…

6 Great Ways to Redeem 50,000 Rapid Rewards Points for Southwest Travel

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you several ways to put those rewards to work toward your next vacation. In the past, we’ve written about increased…

Best Ways to Use 100,000 Membership Rewards Points

If you currently hold the Platinum Card from American Express or were lucky enough to get in on the recent 100,000-point sign-up offer, you’re probably wondering how to put those points to use. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen goes over some of the best partner redemption options. Earlier this week, for…

Why You Should Get (and Keep) a No Annual Fee Credit Card

Especially if you’re just getting started in the points and miles hobby, it could make sense to hold off on applying for cards with steep annual fees. Luckily, there are plenty of fee-free cards that offer great rewards — not to mention several reasons why holding a no-fee product can help your credit score over…

Review: SriLankan A330-200 Economy — Colombo to Malé

SriLankan Airlines is a popular choice for travelers to the Maldives given the fact that it operates several flights a day on the 90-minute route from Colombo to Malé. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently tested out the carrier’s economy product. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). After a…

Insider Series: Carrie’s 5 Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights

Having logged more than 325,000 miles last year — and 85% of the time on long-haul flights — few people know more about what it takes to survive a long flight. Here, TPG Insider Carrie A. Trey shares some of her best tips and tricks so you can come off the plane looking fresh as a daisy. Long-haul travel can be really fun…

How to Maximize Double-Dipping with Hilton HHonors in 2016

One unique feature of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program is that members can “double-dip” by earning extra airline miles or bonus HHonors points on eligible hotel stays. To help you choose the best option, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you through the different earning rates. There are many ways you can…

8 Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Meal on the Plane

After logging nearly 200,000 flight miles last year, TPG Contributor Amber Gibson, who also writes about food for Saveur, Plate, Departures, Hemispheres and American Way, shares some of her tips for navigating the treacherous world of airline food. Follow her adventures on Instagram. (All photos by the author). 1. BYO Tea Bag If you are a tea drinker, always have a…

How to Book Etihad Partner Award Flights, and Why It’s Worth the Effort

Etihad is known for offering great premium-cabin service, but its frequent flyer program is also a valuable option for booking award flights with a global network of partners. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through the award-booking process and shows you the best options for earning and redeeming Etihad miles. The…