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Travel Gear For Families With Toddlers And Young Children

September 25, 2013

A father of two young children himself, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at some essential gear for families traveling with infants. Although family travel becomes easier as children start to walk and become potty trained, traveling with toddlers imposes a new set of challenges that require some different gear. Here are the top 10 essential items […]

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Essential Travel Gear For Families With Infants

September 24, 2013

Following our recent posts on family travel, TPG contributor (and father of two) Jason Steele gives his insights into traveling with infants and just what gear you’ll need to bring along your little bundle of joy on your next trip. We all have our favorite travel gadgets to see us through the most arduous journey, […]

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Does Airline Food Have To Taste Terrible?

September 18, 2013

I’ve recently gotten to taste a lot of airplane food – from the Dutch treats in KLM Economy and Business to Delta’s transatlantic BusinessElite fare, which got me thinking about why food tastes the way it does up in the air. So I had TPG contributor Katharine Gammon, a science writer for publications including WIRED, […]

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Destination of the Week: Barcelona

September 13, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we asked Madrid-based expat and TPG contributor Lori Zaino to cover the majestic city of Barcelona. Although Barcelona is in Spain, first and foremost it is part of the Catalunya region. Therefore, the city is a mixture of the two cultures, Catalan and Spanish, which makes for its unique […]

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Maximize Monday: The Most Family-Friendly International Carriers

September 9, 2013

Recently, TPG contributor Jason Steele looked at the most family friendly airlines for domestic and short haul travel, considering luggage allowances, seating assignments, in-flight entertainment, and access to boarding priority. Today he’s going to roundup the international airlines with the best travel policies for family travel. When it comes to traveling with a family, things […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Destination Of The Week: Sydney

August 30, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Debbie Emery takes us Down Under, to a city that has blossomed from the first British colony in Australia into a bustling international metropolis, combining stunning natural scenery with a lively cultural scene. We are going to Sydney, Australia. First established in 1788 as a penal colony […]

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Review of Silvercar – A New Luxury Car Rental Startup

August 29, 2013

TPG contributor Matthew Goldman takes us for a spin with Silvercar, one of the latest “disruptive” travel innovators that’s bringing concierge-style service to car rentals in cities across the Western US (so far) and might just change the way we all rent cars in the future. Innovative startups have “disrupted” the travel industry in many […]

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Destination of the Week: Venice

August 23, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us on a literary vaporetto ride of one of Europe’s top tourist destinations to visit museums, marvel at cathedrals, peruse the vibrant art scene and live it up along the canals of Venice. Whether Venice to you is the crumbling palace in Casino Royale, where Daniel Craig’s James […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

August 20, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – […]

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The Ultimate Guide To American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers

August 19, 2013

Following up on his Ultimate Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfer Options, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at the airline partners of American Express Membership Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – as a comprehensive web […]

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Destination of the Week: San Diego

August 16, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Contributor Casey Hatfield-Chiotti takes us to her hometown of San Diego, also sometimes known as “America’s Finest City” (despite what happens in mayoral politics!) thanks to gorgeous weather, a beautiful downtown, great museums and a buzzing food scene. WHAT TO DO Many regard San Diego as the “surfer dude” of […]

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Top 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry

August 13, 2013

Although the summer travel season is winding down, plenty of Americans are still traveling abroad on last-minute summer trips, so getting Global Entry is a time-saving tool no international traveler should be without. Global Entry is the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers and helps speed travelers through customs and immigration without having […]

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Why Can’t I Use My Southwest Companion Pass On An Airtran Flight?

August 11, 2013

Today we have a special guest answering one of our Sunday Reader Questions. TPG contributor Jason Steele takes on a question about the Southwest/Airtran merger and the limitations it imposes on maximizing the Southwest Companion Pass in the case of this reader. TPG reader Jake wants to book a flight Airtran flight using Southwest Rapid […]

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What Should You Do When Airlines Make Mileage Mistakes In Your Favor?

August 10, 2013

We all have to stay on top of our miles and points balances to make sure we are earning the miles and points we are due, and airlines, hotels, credit cards and others often make mistakes when it comes to calculating our earnings. But what happens when the mistake is in your favor? TPG contributor […]

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Destination of the Week: Edinburgh

August 9, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Adee Braun takes us to a city that hosts one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, where a brooding medieval castle looms above the streets and the verdant lowland hills are never too far away. We’re headed to Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is perhaps the only […]

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Special Occasion Upgrades

August 2, 2013

TPG Contributor Nick Ewen gives us some of his tips on how to get a hotel room upgraded for that special occasion such as an anniversary or a birthday. As points & miles enthusiasts, we all love getting upgraded. Whether it’s that elusive Medallion upgrade clearing at the gate, getting bumped up to a suite […]

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Maximizing RushCard and RushCard Live Prepaid Debit Cards

July 31, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us on a tour of the benefits and limitations of two more prepaid debit card products today – the RushCard and RushCard Live – and how you can use them to maximize your points earning using them in combination with Green Dot MoneyPaks. Green Dot MoneyPaks appear to be the […]

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Avoiding ATM Withdrawal Fees When Traveling Abroad

July 30, 2013

Although using ATM’s when traveling abroad is generally a smart strategy for getting the best exchange rates for your dollars, many ATM transactions come with fees that cancel out any savings you might expect. Luckily, as TPG contributor Nick Ewen illustrates, there are some ways to avoid these fees, including knowing which foreign banks your […]

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Destination Of The Week: Santa Barbara

July 26, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Kathy A. McDonald takes us on a tour of one of Southern California’s most scenic and accessible destinations. Nicknamed the “American Riviera,” where the Pacific Ocean meets the Santa Ynez Mountains, we are heading to Santa Barbara, California.  WHAT TO DO A pleasure to visit, Santa Barbara is a preferred […]

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Just Say No To Dynamic Currency Conversion

July 22, 2013

If you’ve traveled abroad lately and used a credit card (or even if you’ve just charged something from a company outside the US on PayPal) you’ve probably noticed the increasing prevalence of something called “dynamic currency conversion.” Basically, instead of just charging the amount in Euros or pounds or whatever currency the purchase is in, […]

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Destination of the Week: Mumbai

July 12, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us all the way to the “Manhattan of India” to visit a cultural capital that is steeped in history and has become one of the largest cities in the world. We are heading to Mumbai, India. As India’s biggest city, Mumbai – formerly known […]

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An Update on Maximizing Visa Prepaid Gift Cards From Office Depot and Vanilla Reloads From CVS

July 11, 2013

Like many in the points blogosphere, TPG contributor Jason Steele has been following the reappearance of Visa and Amex gift cards at select Office Depot locations with great interest since it’s been reported that the chain is once again allowing customers to purchase them using credit cards, and therefore rake in thousands of extra points […]

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Get Half-Price Meals In Europe This Summer With The Fork

July 11, 2013

As Americans head to Europe in droves for the usual summer high-season, Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino fills us in on a great website both for finding authentic, quality meals in Spain and France, as well as getting huge discounts off your bill. Ever have that experience where you are traveling in Europe, your kids […]

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