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Wine Wednesday: Portland Craft Beer and Spirits

June 12, 2013

There’s a saying that winemakers have that goes, “It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine,” and no man (or woman) can live on wine alone, so for today’s #WineWednesday, we are switching it up a bit to taste some great brews and spirits in Portland, Oregon. TPG Contributor Casey Hatfield-Chiotti takes us around some of the area’s best […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Award Trip – And How To Avoid Them

June 11, 2013

We at TPG are a knowledgeable bunch of award travelers, but as TPG contributor Jason Steele relates, everyone makes mistakes – and some of them can keep your trip from getting off the ground. Here are some of the top mistakes that award (and revenue) travelers can make as well as his tips on how […]

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Destination of the Week: Mexico City

June 7, 2013

As the beach resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun become packed with tourists over the summer months, Mexico City is a tempting destination for travelers wanting an authentic trip south of the border that is not filled with raucous bachelor parties. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Kristine Hansen takes us on […]

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Wine Wednesday: Finger Lakes, New York

June 5, 2013

For today’s #WineWednesday, TPG contributor Sharon McDonnell takes us to one of North America’s under-the-radar wine regions – a place with beautiful scenery, shimmering lakes and long summer days. We’re going wine-tasting in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region. The scenic Finger Lakes region in central-western New York is abloom with apple blossoms in late spring, crimson and […]

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Destination of the Week: Stockholm

May 31, 2013

As summer approaches and the days grow longer, we head north – far north – to one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals for today’s Destination of the Week, where TPG contributor Brittany Shoot takes us a tour of baroque palaces, pristine waterways and leafy neighborhoods. We’re heading to Sweden to visit Stockholm. ABOUT STOCKHOLM There are so […]

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Wine Wednesday: Santa Barbara

May 29, 2013

For today’s #WineWednesday, TPG contributor Kathy A. McDonald spotlights Santa Barbara’s wine region, found in the northern half of the almost 3,800-square-mile county, which includes the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. Over the course of the past 10 years, McDonald has visited the area extensively but is always game for another visit to check out the […]

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Destination of the Week: Dubrovnik, Croatia

May 24, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Adee Braun takes us to a medieval fortress town that is one of her favorite seaside destinations. It is packed with history, beauty and plenty of dramatic views. We’re headed to Dubrovnik, Croatia. WHAT TO DO Croatia’s most-visited city, Dubrovnik is a medieval town that sits on a little […]

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Destination of the Week: Sevilla, Spain

May 17, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, we asked Madrid-based expat and TPG contributor Lori Zaino to cover one of her favorite cities in Spain, sultry Sevilla, whose stately tree-shaded streets, massive cathedral, and magnetic nightlife have drawn travelers from far and wide. Sevilla’s rich history has included past rule by the Romans, the Visigoths, the […]

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Strategies For Maximizing Green Dot MoneyPaks

May 16, 2013

All this week, TPG contributor Jason Steele will be covering Green Dot MoneyPaks and how you can maximize the points and miles you earn using them. In Part 1 of his series he introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In the second post, he compared Green Dot to […]

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The Best Green Dot Compatible Reloadable Prepaid Cards

May 15, 2013

All this week, TPG contributor Jason Steele will be covering Green Dot MoneyPaks and how you can maximize the points and miles you earn using them. In Part 1 of his series he introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In the second post, he compared Green Dot to […]

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Green Dot MoneyPaks vs. Vanilla Reloads

May 14, 2013

In Part 1 of his series on Green Dot MoneyPaks, TPG contributor Jason Steele introduced us to Green Dot and covered the basics of prepaid reloadable cards. In today’s post, he compares Green Dot to the other popular product in this class, Vanilla Reloads. Why Green Dot MoneyPak over Vanilla Reloads? Vanilla Reloads were an […]

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Maximize Monday: Introduction to Green Dot MoneyPaks and Reloadable Prepaid Cards

May 13, 2013

For those of you who got in on the one-day Amex Business Gold Rewards 75K sign-up bonus offer and are now wondering how to meet the $5,000 minimum spend requirement in 3 months – and for the rest of us hoping to continue cashing in on prepaid and reloadable cards in order to keep racking […]

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Mother’s Day Trip Report: My Mom’s Version of our Easter Island Trip

May 12, 2013

For a special Mother’s Day trip report, I asked my mom to give me her impressions of our mother/son trip to Easter Island and here is her version of our incredible trip. I travel the world and have seen many amazing places, but getting to travel to one of the destinations at the top of […]

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Destination of the Week: Key West

May 10, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us down to Florida to the southernmost tip of the continental United States as we visit the Conch Republic also known as Key West.   WHAT TO DO Key West is the final stopping point along the 120+ mile stretch of highway that runs the […]

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Wine Wednesday: Texas Hill Country

May 8, 2013

For today’s #WineWednesday, TPG contributor Kristine Hansen takes us to one of the USA’s under-the-radar wine regions, the Texas Hill Country between San Antonio and Austin to try some wines you might not have heard of, all served with signature Texas hospitality. Think of Texas and wineries might not immediately come to mind. Instead, you’re envisioning country […]

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Comparing Airline Checked Bag Fees To Baggage Shipping Services

May 8, 2013

Like many other airline fees, checked bag fees have become a fact of life, so we asked TPG contributor Adee Braun to take a detailed look at how much you can expect to pay to check your suitcase and compare airline fees to the services that will ship your bags for you. With checked bag […]

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Destination of the Week: Warsaw

May 3, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Alex Schechter takes us to a land formerly hidden behind the Iron Curtain that has emerged in the 21st century as a gorgeous European destination well worth exploring thanks to its history, arts and architecture. We’re headed to Eastern Europe to visit one of the continent’s great capitals, […]

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Destination of the Week: Bangkok

April 26, 2013

From the first sight – and smell – of it, travelers recognize that Bangkok is a thumping, slightly seedy thumping heartbeat of Southeast Asia. Unlike some of its more sedate neighbors, this bustling metropolis is a forest of high-rise buildings, a swamp of smoggy traffic jams and contains warrens of some of Asia’s liveliest nightlife […]

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Destination of the Week: Disneyland

April 19, 2013

For today’s Destination of the Week,  TPG contributor Kathy McDonald takes us around the happiest place on earth: the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. WHAT TO DO There’s no getting around the Disney legend in Anaheim, California. Here you’ll find the happiest place on earth – Disneyland – opened by Walt Disney 58 years ago and conceived […]

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Will Expiring Hilton Award Certificates Ruin Your Award Stay?

April 18, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at yet another headache caused by last month’s Hilton HHonors devaluation – this one involving the award stay certificate the program issues when you make an award reservation, which are only valid for a year from the reservation date – a big issue since many people scrambled to […]

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Wine Wednesday: Valle de Guadalupe

April 17, 2013

For today’s #WineWednesday, TPG Contributor Casey Hatfield-Chiotti takes us down to Baja California’s little-known Valle de Guadalupe to explore Mexico’s burgeoning wine scene. Valle de Guadalupe in Baja may be one of the most under-the-radar wine regions in the world. Just an hour and a half south of San Diego, the fertile valley is Mexico’s […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Hotel Stays

April 15, 2013

For today’s Maximize Monday post, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at how to earn the most hotel points – whether it’s earning the most based on how you book to carrying the most lucrative credit cards in your wallet. Pros and Cons: Hotel Websites vs. Online Travel Agencies Booking hotel stays is another […]

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Destination of the Week: Prague

April 5, 2013

TPG contributor Adee Braun takes us to one of her (and our) favorite European cities for today’s Destination of the Week to take a stroll on the Charles Bridge, hear a concert at the Rudolfinum and explore the ancient alleys of the city’s Jewish Quarter in Prague. If a cake maker transitioned careers to design […]

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Wine Wednesday: Paso Robles

April 3, 2013

For today’s #WineWednesday post, TPG contributor Casey Hatfield takes us to one of California’s sunny enclaves to taste the robust reds and alluring whites they produce in Paso Robles. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles is a laid-back wine-growing region known for Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. Spanish […]

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