Review: Japan Airlines 737-800 Business Class — Tokyo to Shanghai

Jetting to and from Japan from northeast Asia? TPG Special Correspondent John Walton says Konnichiwa to Japan Airlines’ business-class product and suggests you consider spending Avios to book this flight. (All photos are by the author). Japan is usually a big bucket list item for many travelers, but with more US carriers starting to use smaller planes for…

Maximizing Delta’s Award Routing Rules

Back in January, Delta quietly raised award redemption rates for partner flights starting October 1. On the positive side, the airline introduced discounted awards of just 5,000 miles each way on certain routes last year, and axed its phone booking fees. With those changes and more to contend with, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes…

Review: KLM 747-400 World Business Class — Shanghai to Amsterdam

This week, KLM announced plans to retire its 747s, though it’s not clear when the final flight will take place. TPG Special Correspondent John Walton recently tested out KLM’s World business-class product on a flight from Shanghai to Amsterdam on the carrier’s Boeing 747-400, and there’s still time for you to do the same. Read on for his impressions….

10 Top Paris Restaurants That Accept Online Reservations

In the hopes that you’ll have a memorable meal the next time you’re visiting the City of Light, France-based TPG Contributor Lane Nieset shares her go-to list of restaurants where reservations are just a click away. Scoring a seat at the best table in Paris is no easy feat. Sometimes it takes having a connection with the right maître d’…

6 Reasons to Get the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explores the top perks that make it worth signing up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, which is currently offering an elevated sign-up bonus. As we wrote about earlier this month, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is currently offering an increased sign-up…

5 Things to Do in the South of France This Summer

While there’s never really a bad time to visit the South of France, summer is when the region really pops. Here, Nice-based TPG Contributor Lane Nieset tells us about her favorite things to do there and why you should make a trip to the South of France this summer. There’s nothing quite like the South of France, especially in the summertime when…

An Evening with Etihad Airways at the UAE Embassy

It’s not every day that an airline rewards its most loyal customers with an appreciation dinner, but recently Etihad Airways did just that. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shares his experience attending a carrier-hosted event at the UAE embassy in Washington, DC. Etihad recently invited select elite Etihad Guest members in the…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2016

Status matches and challenges are great opportunities to fast-track your way to elite perks within various hotel programs, and luckily most of the major brands offer such programs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the currently available options. We are well into 2016, which means the clock is ticking…

Review: Andaz 5th Avenue, New York City

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen and his family recently spent one night at the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) I grew up just outside New York City and when my wife and I decided to take Evy up to see the family…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….