Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

Insider Series: How Are Flight Attendants Trained?

Flight attendant. Cabin Crew. Stewardess. When you hear these words, the image that pops into your mind is probably a nice woman or man serving you a Coke…or maybe an octogenarian barking at you to buckle your seat belt. But do you picture someone putting out a fire, delivering a baby or neutralizing a security threat? TPG Flight Attendant Insider…

Airline Seat Comparison: How Do Southwest’s New Seats Measure Up?

While many airlines seem bent on squishing more seats into the same amount of space, creating less legroom and a more uncomfortable economy flying experience overall, Southwest Airlines is bucking the trend. Between 2016 and 2017, the Dallas-based airline is proud to start equipping their new Boeing 737-800 and 737 Max jets with what they say are “the USA’s…

Airbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to save shareholders money while disregarding the comfort of the tightly-packed passengers who…

Tips & Tricks For Booking Rental Homes

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation and her own on booking rental homes, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers tips to help you determine if apartment and house rentals are right for you when you travel.  If you’ve always booked hotel rooms in the past, perhaps the idea of renting apartments or houses seems intimidating. These rentals are typically…

Airbnb Now Open in Cuba

America’s newly relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba just got a little more relaxed: starting today, worldwide home-rental service Airbnb is now listing more than 1,000 options in Cuba. After encountering a complex process to book lodgings in Havana during my last-minute trip to Cuba this past January, I’m thrilled about this new development—and I’m planning a return trip to Cuba later this…

Insider Series: The 8 Worst Types of Airplane Passengers

Editor’s note about our Insider Series: TPG Contributor Carrie A. Trey shares some of her most interesting stories and perspectives in this Insider Series article. Please remember that Ms. Trey’s opinions and statements here are her’s and her’s only, and they do not reflect the opinions of the TPG Team. Disclaimer out of the way….please enjoy…

Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Deliberately Caused Tragedy

In a horrible turn of already tragic events, it appears that Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 over a remote, snow-bound stretch of the French Alps may have been intentionally caused by its 28-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. All 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Airbus A320 were killed. After recovering one of the black box voice recorders from…

One Million Americans Now Enrolled in TSA Precheck

This morning, the Transportation Security Administration announced that enrollment in its TSA Precheck program has crossed the one million mark. Roughly 4,000 travelers per day now sign up for TSA Precheck, which enables low-risk travelers to move more efficiently through select screening lanes at 133 U.S. airports. Have you signed up for TSA Precheck yet—or for that matter,…

Mom Tries to Sneak Baby through Airport Security X-Ray

Security officials at Nino Aquino International Airport (NAIA/MNL) in Manila, Philippines were recently surprised by a bizarre image on one of their X-ray scanners—a sleeping infant zipped inside a backpack. According to Manila’s ABS-CBN News, Jenifer Pavolaurea, a 25-year-old single mother and nursing graduate student, confessed that she had failed to obtain necessary immigration clearance for her 2-month-old son…