How to Create a Points & Miles Strategy for Family Travel

Now that you’re sold on traveling for free or for very little cost, where do you invest your time, energy and spending to earn points? TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler suggests considering these factors to devise a points and miles strategy for family travel. Keeping up on the points game can be a little intimidating at…

How To Book Award Flights with Virgin America

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use Virgin America Elevate miles to book the flights you want. It’s hard to believe that it’s been…

You Can Now Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin America

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card Citi’s really been stepping up its game, making its cards more competitive and adding quite a bit of value to the ThankYou Rewards program. Last summer, Citi introduced transfers to airline partners, including Cathay Pacific Asia Miles,…

How to Choose the Best Airline for Your Business Travel

When booking business travel, there’s more to consider than just the cost of flights. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr walks you through the top factors that should determine which airline you choose. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about business travel as I compare premium cabins on United, Delta and American for flights within the States. It helps to look…

Earn Gold Status with Virgin America When You Transfer 80k Amex Points

It’s been a while since a rewards program offered the ability to gain elite status when transferring points — in fact, the last time was 2011, when Amex offered Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles with Membership Rewards transfers. Starting today through December 31, 2015, if you transfer 80,000 Membership Rewards (MR) points to Virgin Elevate (Virgin America’s…

Your Layover Guide to Los Angeles (LAX)

Our “Your Layover Guide” series feature airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself with time to explore the nearby city. TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon guides…

Credit Card and Travel Resources for Small-Business Owners

Business credit cards can be a great way to earn travel rewards beyond what you already enjoy from your personal cards. Even better, you usually don’t even need to have a formal business in order to qualify for a business credit card. In addition to lucrative sign-up bonuses and bonus spending categories, many credit card issuers offer benefits specifically for…

The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

There are few things worse than watching your frequent flyer miles vanish in an instant. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig outlines one great option for extending the life of your miles with only a minute or two of work. With only a few exceptions, including Delta and JetBlue, frequent flyer miles are set to expire…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Which International Airport Lounges Are Your Favorites?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message to ask about international club lounges: “You recently mentioned how domestic airport club lounges are declining, so I’m wondering, what’s your take on international club lounges. Do you have any favorites?” Daniel is right: I’m not a huge fan of domestic lounges. Yes, they give you a little space to relax and plug…