By the Sea: Laguna Beach, California

In the second installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky assures you that you actually can go home again—to Southern California’s stunning Laguna Beach, where he spent several happy years.   Full (and proud) disclosure: I lived in Laguna Beach from 2008 to 2013. My place was across the street from the Heisler Park,…

Memorial Day Getaways: Parades, Music, Sunshine and More

Sun, sand, services for our fallen heroes, history lessons, parades, picnics … Can you have it all this Memorial Day? TPG Contributor Adam Erace lays out six great destinations (with good points-redeeming opportunities) for the holiday weekend, from urban centers to evergreen islands. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Arrive: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Do: Philly is a city steeped in…

Under-The-Radar African Safari: Botswana

First-time visitors to Africa tend to gravitate toward well-known destinations such as South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, but in this new travel series, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen sheds light on five of southern Africa’s other great safari destinations. The first four posts covered Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia and Malawi. For the final installment of this…

Which Chase Ink Card Is Right for You?

Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at two popular Ultimate Rewards business cards to see which one offers a better return. Chase’s line of Ink Business Cards has been very popular over the years. The Ink Plus Business Card routinely makes TPG’s monthly list of top travel rewards cards thanks to its usually…

Flight Review: Emirates Business Class – Bangkok to Dubai

After a 16+ hour flight with his toddler son in his arms, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan won the loyalty lottery: an operational upgrade from economy to business on Emirates. Here’s his report on six hours of bliss in one of the aviation world’s most unique business-class cabins. Late last year, my wife and I booked a long-haul flight…

What Airline Fare Classes Tell You About Your Ticket

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr delves into the clandestine world of airline fare classes to help you understand exactly what you’re getting with your next ticket. I expect few things are more complicated than the revenue management department of a major airline. Forget about the miracle of flight — the people and computers that decide how…

A Year of Earning and Burning with Chase Ink Plus

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how even a single card can give you access to free flights, hotel nights and more….

How Do FoundersCard Hotel Benefits Compare to Amex FH&R?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how to find the best rates and get more for your money by using FoundersCard hotel benefits. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” I’ve found that this is especially applicable to most premium travel and credit card products. Even though cards like Citi…

Comparing Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard Benefits

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can maximize your travel by taking advantage of some lesser known benefits on your travel rewards credit cards. When you think of top credit card rewards and benefits, what usually comes to mind are the points, miles and perks offered by the card issuer or…

The 8 Best Music Festivals You Can Still See This Year

Coachella? Over. Jazzfest? Done. But summer festival season is just getting ramped up, which is why we asked new TPG Contributor Jeff Miller—editor of Thrillist LA and a veteran of just about every major US festival—to give his picks for the best music fests worth traveling to this summer and beyond. Shaky Knees Atlanta, Georgia May…