How to Use Same-Day Change Policies to Your Advantage

The threat of missing a flight feels like an imminent disaster, but there are ways to salvage your ticket and maybe even your plans. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can avoid (at least some of) the stress of last-minute flight changes by putting these favorable airline policies to work….

How Marriott Is Promoting Better Loyalty Account Security

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at loyalty account security and offers some tips for keeping your travel rewards where they belong. We spend a lot of time discussing how to earn points and miles, as well as how to spend them. However, we don’t often discuss the importance of protecting them….

Deliver Care to Islanders with Burma Boating Sailing Clinic

For our latest installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series where we share travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Shayne Benowitz introduces us to Burma Boating’s Sailing Clinic, the medical needs of the Moken people, and how you can embark on an adventure that will change your life — and the lives of others.  The unspoiled islands and…

How to Upgrade with Miles on AA, Delta, United and Alaska

Even if you don’t have enough miles to cover a premium award ticket outright, you may be able to access first and business class through other means. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at alternative options for using miles to sit up front on several domestic carriers. We all want to get more for less. That’s often my…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Adds New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last week, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Hotel Check-Out Times

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) I never spend money to…

US-Based Airlines Boast Record Profits

Gone are the days of airlines filing for bankruptcy left and right, as well as reporting stagnating profits, empty planes and millions in losses. US-based air carriers announced record profits last week, as quarter two and the first half of the fiscal year came to a close. Several of them set all-time records, amidst dipping fuel…

Exciting New Airline Routes for July 2015 and Beyond

The TPG team shares news of exciting new airline routes each month, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of next year. NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JULY 2015 New York (JFK) – Havana (HAV) on JetBlue (launched July 3,…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Big Spenders

From small businesses to big lifestyles, many award travelers need a card that offers extra benefits for extra spending. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a variety of travel rewards cards to suit a big budget. The basis of a sound travel rewards strategy is making sure you earn points and miles for every dollar spent,…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…