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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: 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…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus, Ink Cash.   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…

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…

8 Reasons to Get the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Some travel rewards credit cards have strong sign-up bonuses, while others have useful ongoing benefits. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one co-branded United Airlines card fits into both categories. Last week, Chase and United Airlines announced a new offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. For a limited time, you can earn 50,000…

9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

5 Hot River Cruises to Hop Aboard This Summer

River cruising season is kicking off and all the major players are christening new ships on rivers around the world. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has been testing out some of the top new ships to hit the water and despite her 20-something age, she’s been able to fit right in with the various age groups (and…

How to Book Award Flights with Delta SkyMiles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Delta SkyMiles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to book…