8 Low-Level Hilton Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Hilton HHonors program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but that…

Hotel Review: SLS South Beach in Miami

Earlier this year, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne and TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino both stayed at the SLS South Beach in Miami, Florida on official TPG business. Below is Lori’s review of their combined experiences at the hotel.  As boutique hotel lovers, Melanie and I were excited to try out the uber-trendy SLS South Beach, where raging pool parties…

Travel to Mykonos on Points and Miles

In the fourth installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky heads to Greece’s Aegean Sea and introduces us to one of the most famous of the Cyclades Islands— delightful Mykonos.  My experience with magical Mykonos is limited to the shoulder seasons — May and October — and the weather was glorious both times, with…

A First-Timer’s Travel Guide to India

Traveling to India for the first time can seem daunting, but TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino — who recently took her own first trip to this huge South Asian country — wants to assure you that a vacation here will prove both fascinating and delightful. To help you stay healthy, safe and savvy during your own trip to India, she offers…

Review: A $300 WOW Air Flight to Iceland

In early May, WOW Air offered $99 one-way fares from Boston and Baltimore to Iceland. Now that the carrier’s announced plans for year-round service from Baltimore, we expect more great deals to come. If you are curious about how to maximize your trip to Iceland, there’s no need to spend hours researching. Let new TPG Contributor Anthony Cofrancesco…

Credit Cards and Travel Perks for Active Duty Military

From Admirals Club access to waived baggage fees, active duty military personnel receive certain perks when traveling in and out of uniform. Just ahead of Memorial Day, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explores the benefits available to the men and women in the armed forces. The last seven years of my life have never provided a dull moment. Since joining the…

Redeeming Ultimate Rewards Points for a Free Hotel Stay

Chase offers many different options for redeeming your Ultimate Rewards points, but some are better deals than others. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his tips for getting the most out of this incredibly valuable currency. Flexible point currencies such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards can be a blessing and…

Your Layover Guide to Mumbai (BOM)

The “Your Layover Guide” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as suggesting things to do if you have time to explore the nearby city. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through the hustle and bustle…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards with Thai Royal Orchid Plus

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on one of those partners to see what kind of value it offers. I’ve been completing a series of posts on the airline transfer…