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Hotel Review: W Hollywood – Marvelous Suite

November 15, 2014

The TPG team recently congregated in L.A. to celebrate the launch of our brand new TPG To Go app. We threw a lavish party at the W Hollywood and Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz checked in for the occasion. Here’s her review of the property. The party obviously gets five stars! Situated on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Discounts, $50 off Emirates

November 15, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles for Shopping In order to get in the game and compete with all the other current pre-Thanksgiving shopping bonuses, American has launched a shopping portal bonus where you can earn 350 bonus miles […]

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Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points at McDonald’s

November 14, 2014

American Express recently announced a partnership with McDonald’s that lets you redeem Membership Rewards points to pay for your purchase when you use your eligible Amex card at participating locations. This service — which follows a similar Amex partnership with Uber earlier this year, and one with Amazon last year — is available at some locations now, and will be […]

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Andalucía 3 Ways: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

November 14, 2014

Andalucía… a truly authentic taste of España. A mixture of Moorish, Spanish, and gypsy cultures all in one, this Spanish region is filled with passionate locals, stomps of flamenco and warm sunshine. Madrid-based TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino provides a guide to three Andalucian gems, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba for our Destination of the Week series. Andalucía boasts over 300 days […]

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Contest Roundup: China, St. Lucia, Fiji, California & the Super Bowl XLIX

November 14, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to China, Saint Lucia or Fiji, a chance to see the 2015 Super Bowl or a foodie getaway to California. Win A Trip To Saint Lucia From Yahoo Travel To celebrate Wellness Month, Yahoo Travel is giving away two trips […]

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7 Top Airports for Layovers in North America

November 14, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point, whether it be around North America or on your way to a far off land. International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some of the best airports in the US and Canada to spend your layover. Stay tuned for a coming post on […]

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Hotel Credit Cards with No Annual Fee: Hilton, Choice & More

November 14, 2014

A crucial step in maximizing your points and miles is figuring out how much value you’re getting out of any given transaction. Annual fees are a direct hit to the value you can get out of a credit card, making cards with no annual fees attractive even though they typically offer more modest benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen analyzes several […]

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Elite Status Benefits that Extend to Family and Companions

November 14, 2014

While I often travel solo, I do love traveling with friends and family, and having companions along for the ride is even sweeter when I can share my elite benefits with them. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which elite benefits let you share the love, along with the extra legroom. When I think of elite airline status, I […]

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Discounted United Economy European Awards for 48,000 Miles

November 13, 2014

Similar to a recent award sale offered by Delta, United MileagePlus just launched a winter sale to a handful of major cities in Europe, allowing you to book round-trip saver award seats in coach for only 48,000 miles round-trip (a 20% discount from the usual 60,000 miles). Book by December 4, 2014 from destinations in Canada and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) […]

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United Raising Premier Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

November 13, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement increasing Medallion Qualifying Dollars needed for status in 2015, United just announced that they are also increasing the amount of Premier Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Premier qualification. United is increasing the PQD requirements for earning 2016 Premier status, which is based […]

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Deal Alert: $22 Fares on Frontier Airlines

November 13, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having a one day sale today with flights starting at $22 from Trenton, NJ to several cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago-Midway, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Meyers, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh, St Louis, St. Augustine, Tampa and West Palm Beach for select dates this December. If you are interested in scoring […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $100 iTunes Gift Card – Five Winners!

November 13, 2014

Just a few short weeks ago, we launched our new TPG To Go app, and the response has been amazing! Speaking to readers and learning about how they utilizing the app to help maximize their life, learn about their spending and earn points and miles faster than ever! Our new app is free to download […]

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China To Start Issuing 10 Year Visas

November 13, 2014

Steve Gempeler and Peter Gulas at Allied Passport & Visa tipped us off to a new visa agreement between the United States and China! The first 10-year Chinese visas issued to US citizens were issued yesterday, November 12, 2014, at the China visa office in Washington DC. Under the new reciprocal agreement between the United States […]

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Elite Status Qualification with PQD/MQD: The Weekly Wish

November 13, 2014

In theory, elite status exists to reward an airline’s most loyal and profitable customers. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how that isn’t always the case, and offers his suggestions for how airlines can improve elite status requirements while improving their bottom line. Last year, the frequent flyer community was hit with the news that Delta and United were […]

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5 Destinations for Digital Nomads & Online Entrepreneurs

November 12, 2014

The best risk I ever took was quitting my job on Wall Street to focus on The Points Guy full time. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to travel for a living and help others get the most out of their travels. If you’ve ever wanted to take a similar risk, this post is for you. TPG […]

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SPG Select Member Exclusive Bonus (Targeted)

November 12, 2014

This week, Starwood Preferred Guest began emailing select members about a targeted promotion, inviting them to register by December 31, 2014 for the opportunity to earn bonus Starpoints or up to two free nights on points-earning stays completed between November 3, 2014 and January 31, 2015. Though I’m an SPG Platinum, I unfortunately didn’t receive an offer via this promotion, but if you receive […]

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Ski for Free with Your Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass

November 12, 2014

Winter is almost upon us, which means ski season is inching closer too. What better way to celebrate this polar vortex than a ski trip? Alaska Airlines flies to some of the most popular ski destinations, and is working with different ski resorts in various destinations to offer opportunities to ski for free by simply […]

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Top 10 Airport Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

November 12, 2014

Airline travel isn’t exactly the most glamorous way to get from Point A to Point B, but there are aspects of it that can help you feel like a true high roller. One of my personal favorites is lounge access. Having an oasis from the chaos of the terminal or the infestation of gate lice can […]

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21 Ways to Earn Airline Miles that You Might Not Know About

November 12, 2014

One of my first bits of advice to award travel novices is to take advantage of the earning opportunities in front of you. Many people never even sign up for loyalty programs, or insist on using cash for purchases that could earn them a solid return with a credit card. A big part of maximizing your award travel is […]

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American AAdvantage 2015 Elite Status Boost Options Now Live

November 11, 2014

Last year as part of its restructuring efforts, American Airlines introduced elite status requalification “boost” options. The idea was that flyers who might fall short of qualifying (or requalifying) for status could pay either to “boost” up to the next status level if they had already earned a certain amount of elite-qualifying mileage, or to renew […]

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Chase Restricts Ultimate Rewards Transfers Between Members

November 11, 2014

Chase recently updated the Ultimate Rewards website with a whole new look and some new features. Aside from the aesthetic updates, there’s one significant negative change, as Chase is making it more difficult to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to friends and family. New Look When you login, you’ll see a points balance menu that lets you view point balances for […]

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Earn 500 Bonus Starpoints by Updating Your SPG Profile

November 11, 2014

Back in September, Starwood Preferred Guest launched its More For You promo, where you could earn double or triple points on stays this fall. With the recent refresh of the Starwood website, however, the program added another little bonus to the promo where you can earn 500 points just for updating your stay preferences. Per the […]

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ANA Award Chart Changes: Good News and Better Redemptions

November 11, 2014

Japan-based carrier ANA recently announced a major change to its frequent flyer program, shifting from a distance-based chart to a region-based one. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the change and what it means for award travelers. ANA has long been ranked one of the top foreign frequent flyer programs thanks to a distance-based […]

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Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

November 11, 2014

Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online won’t add a huge amount to my final bill. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at which hotel brands offer free WiFi as a standard or elite […]

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