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Destination of the Week: Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado

February 7, 2014

With Colorado snow levels up 20% from last year and snowfall down in most other Western ski areas, TPG contributor Jason Steele says that now is an ideal time to book a winter escape to the adjacent ski resort towns of Vail and Beaver Creek. Here’s what you can see and do while you’re there. During […]

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Destination of the Week: Papagayo, Costa Rica

January 31, 2014

If this winter’s polar vortex is inspiring you to plan a tropical vacation, know that now through April, Costa Rica  is warm, sunny and dry. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes us to one of her (and The Points Guy’s) favorite spots on the northwest coast of Costa Rica: the wild, volcanic Peninsula Papagayo. Best […]

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Tips For Maximizing Lufthansa Porsche Rentals in Frankfurt

January 25, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG Contributor Jason Steele walked us through Tips for Booking Lufthansa First Class Award Tickets, Tips for Flying With Kids in First Class, and Tips for Exploring Frankfurt Airport on a Layover. Today he shares his experience taking advantage of a Lufthansa first class perk – an all-inclusive 3-hour Porsche rental to […]

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Tips For Exploring Frankfurt Airport On A Layover

January 24, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG Contributor Jason Steele walked us through Tips for Booking Lufthansa First Class Award Tickets and Tips for Flying With Kids in First Class. Today he shares his tips on what to do during a layover in Frankfurt, Lufthansa’s main hub and a major transfer point in Europe, especially for Star Alliance […]

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Destination of the Week: Aspen, Colorado

January 24, 2014

With powder up a whopping 20% from last year and average temperatures in the 40s, skiers this season are flocking to the Rockies and Elks. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Melanie Wynne takes us to one of her favorite winter destinations in the US – Aspen, Colorado. Echoes of Aspen’s former glory as a silver-mining boom town […]

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Tips For Flying With Kids in First Class

January 23, 2014

Though some airlines have banned kids from their first class cabin, you’ll still find lucky little tykes traveling like tycoons from time to time. With that in mind, TPG Contributor Jason Steele shares his own experience flying first class from Tel Aviv to Denver via Germany with his six-year-old daughter on Lufthansa, as well as […]

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Tips For Booking Lufthansa First Class Award Tickets

January 20, 2014

With the imminent United miles devaluation looming February 1, the ultimate notch on every frequent flyer’s belt seems to be those elusive Lufthansa first class awards. Not only will phantom award space show up, but many times, travelers are stuck waiting until just weeks or even days before their travel dates to try to book […]

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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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