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Southwest Companion Pass FAQ And Maximization Strategies

January 16, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Offer expired March 9, 2014. With the return of 50,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Chase Southwest credit cards earlier this week, we’ve been getting tons of reader questions about the credit cards – how they can […]

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Destination of the Week: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

January 10, 2014

With temperatures finally rising to tolerable levels and a one of the best snow packs in years in North America, it’s time to strap on your skies and buy those lift tickets. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Contributor Casey Hatfield-Chiotti takes us to one of her favorite US ski spots, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Founded in the 19th […]

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Destination Of The Week: A Roundup Of Our 2013 Destinations

December 27, 2013

For our final Destination of the Week post of 2013, we decided to pull together a list of all the destinations we’ve covered this year. From Seattle to Shanghai, Mexico City to Melbourne, and Vienna to Dubai…we’ve covered a sundry selection of destinations…and there is something from everyone in this mix – from bustling cities […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta SkyMiles Medallion Unique Program Elements

December 11, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen has taken us through the basics of Delta Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it in each tier. Today he discusses other unique elements of the program. In my earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s four elite […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Diamond Medallion

December 10, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Diamond Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion and Platinum Medallion levels of elite status. This piece is targeted at […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Platinum Medallion

December 9, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Platinum Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest two tiers of elite status: Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion. This piece is targeted […]

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Emirates Series: Unique Features

November 30, 2013

After this month’s announcement of Emirates as the newest American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner, and as part of our Emirates Series, TPG contributor Jason Steele discusses how you can earn and redeem your Skywards miles with the airline’s partners. Other posts in the series include: The Basics of Earning and Redeeming, Using Miles To […]

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Destination of the Week: Denver

November 29, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Jason Steele is here to show you around his hometown. Though the city itself might not be your destination, it’s the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, and as the ski season approaches, plenty of avid winter sportsmen and women are likely to be passing through here, so […]

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Emirates Series: Comparing Transfer Partners

November 21, 2013

After last week’s announcement of Emirates as the newest American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner and the current Amex 25% transfer bonus until November 21, as part of our Emirates Series, TPG contributor Jason Steele discusses Emirates Skywards’ transfer partners and compares the options. Other posts in the series include: The Basics of Earning and […]

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Maximizing Low Cost Carriers in Europe

November 11, 2013

Traveling through Europe by plane can get pricey – especially if you need a few positioning flights to get you to a hub where you can catch an award flight to or from the US, or to travel to several destinations on the continent once you’re already there – so flying low-cost airlines is a […]

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Emirates Series: Award Chart Sweet Spots

November 5, 2013

After last week’s announcement of Emirates as the newest American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner, and as part of our Emirates Series, TPG contributor Jason Steele finds some sweet spots in the Emirates award chart where a few more miles will get you a lot farther. Other posts in the series include: The Basics of […]

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Maximizing Points, Miles and Discounts on Airport Parking

November 4, 2013

Doing some holiday traveling this fall or winter? You might be wondering whether it’s worth it to take a taxi or van, or if it’s better just to go with airport parking in terms of price, convenience and points-earning opportunities. There are plenty of ways to maximize your point/mile earnings by knowing exactly where to […]

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Destination of the Week: Macau

November 1, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us to Macau, a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong, that has become the Las Vegas of Asia. WHAT TO DO A surreal potpourri of China, Las Vegas and Portugal –  glitzy, flashy, and the world’s most profitable gaming destination, crammed with every Western […]

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Emirates Series: Using Miles to Upgrade

November 1, 2013

In light of Emirates becoming the newest airline transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, TPG Contributor Jason Steele will be writing an Emirates series to help readers maximize their points on the airline. Yesterday he took a look at the Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program’s earning and redeeming rules, and today he discusses how […]

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Emirates Series: The Basics of Earning and Redeeming

October 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With this morning’s news that Emirates has become the newest airline transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards – the points program of cards like the Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards, Platinum and Business Platinum cards […]

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Destination of the Week: Tucson, Arizona

October 25, 2013

Signs of fall and winter are slowly starting to show around the US, but not in Tucson! For today’s Destination of the Week, University of Arizona alum and TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes us almost south of the border to a city that boasts around 300 days of sunshine a year. Well known as a […]

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Destination Of The Week: Kuala Lumpur

October 18, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Jenny Miller takes us to Malaysia’s capital, a low-key, diverse city where the food is delicious and the sights are both extensive and accessible. We’re heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Often overshadowed by Singapore at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula, Kuala Lumpur comes as a welcome […]

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Destination Of The Week: The Best Cities To Celebrate Halloween

October 11, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we are getting into the spooky spirit of the season and instead of giving you a rundown of a single destination for mileage runs and points-specific hotels, we’re getting spooky and taking a tour of some of the most ghoulish Halloween festivities around. Whether child-friendly trick-or-treating or elaborate costumes […]

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Ways To Save On Rental Cars

October 9, 2013

Award travelers quickly pick up ways to save money on airlines and hotels, but rental cars are the next greatest expense. Therefore,  TPG contributor Jason Steele has made it his mission to find every possible way to cut these costs. One way is through points and miles, see Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car […]

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Hotel Review: Soho House New York

October 8, 2013

Last week, TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen flew out to New York (hey, even my employees need their miles!) to meet with me while I was in town between trips and stayed at the Soho House New York. Soho House is a private club originally founded in London but with locations in other cities such […]

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Destination Of The Week: San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 4, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to the Caribbean to a multicultural island boasting wide sandy beaches and tropical rainforests. It is time to take your high school Spanish out for a spin as you explore the city’s powerful Colonial past and the breezy, colorful and elegant cultural scene […]

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Travel Gear For Families With Toddlers And Young Children

September 25, 2013

A father of two young children himself, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at some essential gear for families traveling with infants. Although family travel becomes easier as children start to walk and become potty trained, traveling with toddlers imposes a new set of challenges that require some different gear. Here are the top 10 essential items […]

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Essential Travel Gear For Families With Infants

September 24, 2013

Following our recent posts on family travel, TPG contributor (and father of two) Jason Steele gives his insights into traveling with infants and just what gear you’ll need to bring along your little bundle of joy on your next trip. We all have our favorite travel gadgets to see us through the most arduous journey, […]

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Does Airline Food Have To Taste Terrible?

September 18, 2013

I’ve recently gotten to taste a lot of airplane food – from the Dutch treats in KLM Economy and Business to Delta’s transatlantic BusinessElite fare, which got me thinking about why food tastes the way it does up in the air. So I had TPG contributor Katharine Gammon, a science writer for publications including WIRED, […]

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