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…

5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in Paris

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in Paris using points and miles.  The City of Light is a destination near and dear to the hearts of travelers all over the world. But it’s no secret that a visit to the…

Maximizing Your Points and Miles in Puerto Rico

TPG Contributor Lane Nieset explores the many ways to maximize your points and miles on a trip to Puerto Rico. (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) Puerto Rico is an island that deserves much more time than just a few hours while your cruise ship is in port. Make this Caribbean island a destination…

Review: United’s Island Hopper from Honolulu (HNL) to Guam (GUM)

Every points and miles enthusiast has his or her own dream itinerary, but few routes are as unique as United’s Island Hopper, which travels from Honolulu to Guam with stops at several small islands in between. Here’s TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel’s review of the Island Hopper flight experience. As an aviation enthusiast, United Airlines Flight 154 (aka the…

How to Pick a Credit Card for Everyday Non-Bonus Purchases

With so many solid credit card options out there, it can often be difficult to decide which is the best choice for a given purchase. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explores the various factors to consider when deciding upon a card for non-bonus purchases. There are many ways to maximize your point…

5 Reasons to Visit Turks & Caicos This Summer

TPG Contributor Amber Gibson has been to the Caribbean eight times in the last two years. Here’s why Turks & Caicos might be her favorite locale so far — and why you should visit this summer. Follow along with Amber’s travel adventures on Instagram. (All photos are by the author). Not only will you save more by visiting Turks & Caicos…

Maximizing Distance-Based British Airways Awards in 2016

Devaluations over the years have made it a bit more challenging to maximize your British Airways Avios, but the Executive Club still offers some great redemption offers. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you some of the sweet spots in the carrier’s distance-based award chart. Here at TPG, we always stress…

Review: Air New Zealand 787-9 Business Class — Shanghai to Auckland

With more and more airlines flying to China, and award tickets to New Zealand still hard to find, TPG Special Correspondent John Walton reveals one of his favorite uses of redeeming Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles: Flying Air New Zealand from Shanghai to Auckland. (All photos are by the author). It’s common knowledge among the…