Transfer ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic With a 25% Bonus

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier In the past, we’ve seen opportunities to transfer points with a 25% bonus to Virgin Atlantic with Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou points, and one such bonus has now returned. ThankYou points have been becoming increasingly valuable…

Can I Transfer Points Both Ways Between Loyalty Programs?

TPG reader Claire sent me an email to ask about transferring points: “I know I can transfer 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic for 10,000 miles, and I can transfer those miles to Hilton for 15,000 HHonors points. Can I also go the other way and turn 15,000 HHonors points into 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points?” One great…

Top 10 Airport Lounges in the US and How You Can Get In

Being able to access an airport lounge can make all the difference when you’re traveling, thanks to free drinks, snacks, Wi-Fi (and thus a little extra time for productivity) and a few moments away from the hectic main terminal. Unfortunately, most airport lounges in the US aren’t much more than dreary way stations little better…

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Virgin Atlantic

All award travelers should earn transferable points, as they give you great flexibility in your redemptions. They also shield you from any potential devaluations, since the ability to transfer to other programs means you’re not locked into one currency. Chase Ultimate Rewards are some of the best transferable points out there, and TPG Senior Points…

Review: Virgin Atlantic A340 Upper Class — JFK to London

Recently, TPGtv took off for Vietnam — look out for full episodes for all of our journeys starting February 1! I was going to use my British Airways Travel Together Ticket for my producer and me to fly out of Newark. However, I was filming a segment for Nightline at JFK and we ran over on time, so I wouldn’t have…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

Around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which new ones I should apply for. If you’re new to the game there…

The Safest Airlines in the World for 2016

Every year, AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety- and product-rating website, announces its safest airlines and low-cost carriers from the 407 total airlines it monitors. For the past two years, Qantas came out on top for the site’s world’s safest airline award, and this year was no different. In today’s announcement, AirlineRatings.com awarded the Australian carrier as…

Deal Alert: US to South Africa from $739 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

How Can I Redeem Miles if I Don’t Have Enough for a Flight?

TPG reader Rashmi sent me an email to ask about what to do with small point balances: “I have some leftover Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Are there any redemption options that are under the 10,000-mile minimum for transfers to Hilton, or should I just let them go?” Travel rewards come and go in odd numbers, so it’s…

Why Award Flights From or Through the UK are Anything But Free

One of the biggest misconceptions about award travel is that all your flights are completely free. If you’ve been collecting and spending points and miles for a while, you know that this is far from true. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen takes a look at the notoriously high taxes on flights…