Good News for Travelers: Google Maps Going Offline

Wish you could use the Google Maps smartphone app while traveling in foreign cities, but don’t want to pay expensive roaming charges to access it? Or perhaps you’re visiting a country where mobile data service just isn’t available? Well, good news has arrived: Google announced plans to make navigation and GPS features available offline on the Google Maps app by the end of 2015….

7 Top Hotel Trends to Look For On Your Next Stay

With the hospitality industry ever changing to meet customers’ needs, we’ve noticed a few prevailing trends in recent years. I’ve tapped TPG Contributor Shayne Benowitz (a Miami-based hotel expert) to outline the hottest trends in hotels today. A top priority in hospitality has always been meeting and exceeding guests’ expectations, and today hotels are doing this through technology,…

Fly&Dine Tuesday: Eating Farm-Fresh Food at the Airport

Fly&Dine on TPG is a new monthly column that explores the intersection of food and travel with the help of TPG Contributor Jason Kessler of Fly&Dine, the best online source for dining while you fly. For far too long, we’ve thought of airports as places where food goes to die. While the rest of the world has evolved…

JetBlue Adds Weekly Flights From New York to Havana

The JetBlue cards from Barclaycard are now available. Earn 30,000 points after $1,000 spent in the first 90 days with The JetBlue Plus Card ($99 annual fee) or 10,000 points after $1,000 spent on purchases in the fist 90 days with The JetBlue Card ($0 annual fee). Get more information here. JetBlue has announced that…

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…