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Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

September 30, 2014

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option. […]

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Is the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard Worthwhile?

September 17, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard, including its earning potential, redemption options, and unique features, to see whether it deserves a place in the pantheon of award travel credit cards. Most of the content at TPG involves tips for maximizing free travel with award flights and hotel rooms. However, there […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Miscellaneous Travel Expenses?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Gisele emailed me to ask: “I’m organizing a trip to Italy in the spring and would like to know if there’s a good credit card for less obvious travel expenses, such as Eurorail passes, museum tickets, tour buses, etc. I also would like to use Airbnb instead of a hotel. Do you have […]

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Tips for Train Travel & Transportation in France

August 23, 2014

There’s a reason the French trains are favored by locals and tourists alike—they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the country. I asked Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset to fill us in on the ins and outs of trail travel in France with a guide on everything you need to know to […]

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Tips for Traveling Through Spain By Train

June 26, 2014

In Europe, trains can easily be the best way to get around, especially in Spain. I asked Madrid based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to delve into Spanish train travel: routes, tips and more to make your train travel through Spain easy and painless. If you ask anyone in Spain, they will tell you they prefer […]

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Using the Arrival Plus Chip+ PIN to Buy Train Tickets at CDG

May 19, 2014

When BarclayCard announced several new positive enhancements to their Arrival Plus card last week, I immediately picked up the phone to get a replacement card so I could test out the Chip+PIN technology for my trip to Paris and Cannes. France is notorious for requiring a PIN on many purchases, so having the ability to […]

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Maximizing Train Travel Around Europe and Deciding When It Actually Makes Sense

April 25, 2014

Train travel through Europe is becoming increasingly popular, despite the onset of ever more low-cost airlines. It’s usually no cheaper than flying, and sometimes takes longer. So why are Europeans consistently choosing train travel? We asked Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino to clue us in on what is so great about train travel, and how […]

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