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Trip Report: Booking and Review of The Hotel At Tharabar Gate in Bagan, Myanmar

August 9, 2014

On his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen visited Myanmar for a week. He wrote about his tips for visiting Myanmar, his experiences in the country’s largest city, Yangon, and how to book flights within Myanmar. Today he discusses how he booked his stay in Bagan and reviews the Hotel at Tharabar Gate. […]

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DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

August 9, 2014

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours […]

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Flight Reviews: Myanmar Domestic Flights On Mann Yadnarapon and KBZ Airlines

August 8, 2014

So far in his series about his round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has written about his tips for visiting Myanmar and his experiences in the country’s largest city, Yangon, as well as tips for planning domestic travel within Myanmar. Today he reviews the flights he took to the other destinations he visited in […]

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Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

August 8, 2014

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered  by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a claim with your […]

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Win Trips to South Africa, Peru, the Cote d’Azur & More

August 8, 2014

Here are a few of this week’s most fun online travel-related contests and sweepstakes: My Destination Story from Fairmont & GoPro: Create and submit a unique video of one of your favorite places, and you could be one of 42 winners of a trip for two to a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property, plus a GoPro camera and a $500 Visa gift […]

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Maximizing IHG Rewards Club for Family Travel

August 8, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at IHG Rewards.  Check out his earlier posts on Family Travel with Starwood, Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott. The InterContinental Hotels Group, better known as IHG, features over 4,600 properties in over 100 countries. Other than InterContinental, its most prominent brands […]

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Thursday Giveaway: iPad Mini, GoPro Hero3, Bose Headphones and More

August 7, 2014

One of our new content initiatives at TPG is to start covering the cruise industry a little bit more. Today we started by covering the basics of the recently revamped Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club, which includes a tiered membership programs and an elite status program that allows you to achieve perks at each level- and retain them […]

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Celebrity Cruises Captain’s Club – Loyalty on the High Seas

August 7, 2014

Cruising is a multi-billion dollar part of the travel industry, yet when it comes to the loyalty world, it’s the airlines and hotels that seem to get all of the spotlight. In an attempt to level the playing field (seas?) a little bit, we are starting a series looking at the basics of the major frequent […]

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Trip Report: How To Book Domestic Flights Within Myanmar

August 7, 2014

On his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen visited Myanmar for a week. He wrote about his tips for visiting Myanmar and his experiences in the country’s largest city, Yangon. Today he discusses the flights he took to the other destinations he visited in the country. Although Myanmar continues to open up to […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Have the Tables Turned?

August 7, 2014

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Barclaycard Arrival Plus have topped my list of best credit cards for travel awards for some time now, with the edge going to Sapphire Preferred for its valuable transfer partners and the lucrative 7% annual dividend on point earned each year. However, with recent benefit changes to both cards (and the announcement of that 7% dividend […]

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Make AA a Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner: The Weekly Wish

August 7, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: add American Airlines to the list of Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partners. Last month Citibank announced a significant enhancement to their ThankYou Rewards program: the addition of eight airline […]

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Things to Do in Myanmar’s Ancient City, Yangon

August 6, 2014

One of the stops on TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen‘s recent round-the-world trip was Myanmar. Here’s his account of what to do in the country’s largest city, Yangon. For more information on the country, see his previous post on Myanmar Travel Tips. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is the largest city and former capital of Myanmar. As […]

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Amex LaGuardia Centurion Lounge Preview

August 6, 2014

If you follow TPG on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that last night I got a sneak peek at the new American Express Centurion lounge at LGA Terminal B (which is my main terminal, so it was kind of like Christmas in August!). As a Business Platinum cardholder, I plan on getting a ton of […]

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Review: LOT Business Class Warsaw-JFK on 787 Dreamliner

August 6, 2014

On the return flight of his recent trip to Europe, TPG Contributor Jason Steele had the chance to try out LOT’s Business Class from Warsaw to New York (JFK). Here’s his experience on this Polish carrier. Sure, the 787 Dreamliner has been in service (off and on) for nearly three years, but it’s still a treat for me to […]

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Amex OPEN Savings: Membership Rewards, Discounts, and More

August 6, 2014

It’s been a little over a year since I last wrote about the Amex OPEN Savings program, so I thought it would be useful to give an update on the current partners and benefits involved. Amex OPEN Savings is a benefit of Amex business credit cards and a good reason to consider getting one, because you can earn […]

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Rocketmiles Offers 3,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

August 5, 2014

To celebrate Rocketmiles’ new partnership with Alaska Airlines, Mileage Plan members who are first-time Rocketmiles users will receive 3,000 bonus miles upon their first Rocketmiles hotel booking, in addition to the usual earnings of 1,000 to 5,000 miles for each hotel night booked through Rocketmiles. Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that works with […]

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Southwest Premier Personal Card 50K Offer Still Live

August 5, 2014

Last week, TPG Special Contributor Jason Steele was on a Southwest flight from New York to Denver, and while rifling through the carrier’s inflight magazine, Spirit, he noticed an advert with a URL for a 50,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier personal card. Via free inflight Wi-Fi, he was able to access the valid link […]

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SPG Promos: $4 Suite Nights, Free St. Regis Nights, & More

August 5, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest has a handful of great rate promotions going on right now, allowing its members to save a considerable amount of money at many SPG properties, ranging from budget to splurge. Each of these special rates are what Starwood refers to as “ask-for only,” meaning that you must request each one either online via a dedicated […]

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My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

August 5, 2014

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of […]

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Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

August 5, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains the differences and similarities between British Airways and Iberia Avios, and how the two programs can be used together to maximize award travel. Many points & miles enthusiasts have a love/hate relationship with British Airways, specifically due to their loyalty program “reboot” back in 2011 (which annihilated the value of the old […]

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SkyTeam Launches Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass

August 4, 2014

Hot on the heels of Jason Steele’s recent post about air travel passes, SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass provides what appears to be a modest cost savings on multi-stop flight itineraries aboard SkyTeam member airlines serving 26 participating countries […]

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United Explorer 50,000 Mile Bonus With $50 Statement Credit

August 4, 2014

Last Friday, Chase relaunched a limited-time public offer for the United Explorer card, though I realized after I wrote about it that there is actually an even better public offer with an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months from account opening) plus a $50 statement credit after […]

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Citi Prestige Changes Coming: Free Hotel Nights & More

August 4, 2014

Citi has announced sweeping changes coming this fall to the Citi Prestige, the flagship card of Citi ThankYou Rewards. This card doesn’t get as much ink as some of its competitors, partly because ThankYou Rewards has historically been weaker than programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. However, the recent addition of […]

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Best Transfer Partners for Award Flights to Alaska

August 4, 2014

Alaska is a fantastic destination for sightseeing and outdoor recreation, but it’s a long flight from what Alaskans call “the lower 48,” and it’s truly vast. At twice the size of Texas, Alaska is by far our largest state.  It’s also an interesting award travel destination, since some airlines include Alaska as part of the continental United […]

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