Google’s New Trips App Helps Simplify Travel-Planning

While planning the trip of a lifetime can be one of the most daunting tasks, figuring out what to do when you actually get to your destination can be just as difficult. Deciding where to go, what to eat and what to see and, on top of all that, keeping all your flight and hotel information in…

The LAPD Just Launched an App for Reporting Terrorist Activity

Most Americans are familiar with the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign. The program, which encourages citizens to report suspicious activities to local authorities, has been in place in Los Angeles since 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times. And with the launch of iWatchLA, a new anti-terrorism smartphone app,…

How Instagram Saved the Day When Planning a Trip to Dakar

As part of my internship here at TPG, one of the last assignments was to redeem Etihad miles on a partner carrier to travel somewhere off the beaten path. My destination: Dakar, Senegal. When I learned that I’d be traveling to Senegal, I wasn’t sure what to think, considering it’s not a destination that was high…

Android Pay Gets a Big Upgrade, Now Supports Chase Visa Cards

Attention Android fans: Google recently rolled out new improvements to its Android Pay mobile payment platform. Chase Visa cardholders will now be able to use Android Pay for purchases at retailers that accept mobile payments — set up your card (or cards) by opening the Android Pay app and taking a picture of it with your phone’s camera. Purchases…

Why Mobile Passport Can Be an Even Better Option Than Global Entry

When Global Entry first launched, it was a revolutionary way for frequent international travelers to quickly get through immigration upon returning to the US. As the program continued to grow, we watched as many credit cards, like Amex Platinum and the new Chase Sapphire Reserve, offered credits to cover the Global Entry fee — for those who choose to purchase Global…

5 Best Workout Apps to Use While Traveling

Sure, it’s nice to indulge in food and luxury while traveling, but the five-star cuisine can really add up — and not just for your bank account, but also for your waistline. Whether you’re treating yourself to a Caribbean cruise or stuck on a 14-hour long-haul flight, your body can go through long periods of inactivity. Props to…

Earn Up to 10 Bonus United Miles Per Dollar with the MileagePlus X App

United’s MileagePlus X app is running a Back to School promotion and offering double miles on purchases at certain stores. The end date isn’t posted for this promotion, so it might not last for long. For now, the following merchants are participating in the double-miles promotion: AMC Theatres — 10 miles per dollar spent (normally 5x)…

Can Sharing Your Vacation Photos Online be a Bad Thing? Team TPG Weighs In

We’ve all done it — snapped an amazing photo from wherever we happen to be vacationing and shared it on social media so our friends and family back home could experience the moment along with us. But can this be a bad thing? A recent article in The New York Times got us talking. In…

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Booking Bad Business-Class Seats

Not all business-class products were created equal. It’s disappointing to shell out business-class prices — or award rates — and end up with a sub-par premium experience. Here, TPG Contributor JT Genter offers some tips to help you avoid this particular predicament. Just recently, a former co-worker excitedly emailed me about a “great” fare he’d gotten — a business-class flight to Dublin,…

Google Maps Enhanced With ‘Areas of Interest’ For Finding Activities On The Go

Google has updated its Maps app in such a way that allows users to use the service as a discovery tool in addition to relying on it for directions. Available now on desktop, as well as Android and iOS devices, the maps now show “Areas of Interest,” which aim to make it easier for people to find restaurants,…