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10 Dazzling Cities for Festive Holiday Lights

December 10, 2014

What’s more delightful during the holiday season than glittering light displays? TPG contributor Michele Herrmann set out to uncover which cities truly sparkle this time of year – and here’s what she discovered. New York City Head to Rockefeller Center and take in the splendor of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. A holiday tradition for over seven decades, this towering […]

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American Express Membership Rewards New Partner Airbnb

December 10, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards just announced their new partnership with Airbnb, which means that Amex cardholders, based in the United States, that have an eligible card which earns Mermbership Rewards points, will now be able to redeem for Airbnb eGift Cards, which will be avaiable in $100 and $250 denominations. Airbnb is a website that allows you to book […]

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Hyatt Gold Passport Announces Category Changes for 2015

December 10, 2014

Hyatt is implementing some category chart changes for 2015, but luckily so far, no word on devaluations. After the 2014 devaluation, I am relieved to hear that the 2015 changes will simply be re-categorizing a total of 70 Hyatt properties. Effective on January, 22, 2015, Hyatt will be shifting 48 hotels to a lower category and 22 […]

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20 Great Holiday Gifts for Travelers

December 10, 2014

With a world’s worth of potential gifts to give a traveler for the winter holidays, you could spend the entire year looking for the perfect present. Fortunately, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has narrowed the list down to twenty must-have items for journeys near and far – leaving you more time to plan your next trip! TPG TIP: To maximize […]

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Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines from Cleveland

December 10, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having a one-day sale with flights from Cleveland starting at $29 select dates this January and February to/from Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Denver. Yesterday, JetBlue announced new service from Boston to Cleveland, and they are currently offering $19 fares for the launch. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for […]

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What To Do with Small Points and Miles Balances

December 10, 2014

Travel rewards enthusiasts tend to focus on the big aspirational awards like first-class flights and top-tier hotels. However, maximizing your points and miles is sometimes a matter of getting what you can out of not very much. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen lays out some strategies for doing just that. The points and miles game […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

December 10, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination, […]

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Korean Air Flight Delayed Due To Macadamia Nuts

December 9, 2014

Last Friday at New York’s JFK Airport, Korean Air’s vice president of in-flight services, Heather Cho, delayed a Korean Air flight in order to boot off the supervisor of a steward who improperly served Cho’s pre-flight macadamia nuts. This action, which caused the Seoul-bound Airbus 380′s 250 passengers to arrive at Incheon Airport (ICN) 11 minutes late, has proved so unpopular […]

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Chase Freedom 5% Bonus Category Calendar for 2015

December 9, 2014

Today Chase released a preview of next year’s 5% cash back calendar for the Chase Freedom card. As previously announced, the 2015 categories (which allow cardholders to earn up to 5 points per $1 spent) will include grocery stores, movie theaters, Starbucks, restaurants, gas stations, and Amazon.com; additional categories or merchants will be announced before the start of each […]

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Discounted United Award Redemptions in North America

December 9, 2014

Earlier this week, United was pricing certain partner awards at a discount, and now it appears that the airline is offering a 20% discount on economy awards to certain destinations within North America just in time for a winter beach getaway or ski season at some of the US’s best resort areas. Here is a […]

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Deal Alert: $19 Fares on JetBlue to Cleveland

December 9, 2014

JetBlue Airways announced that they would begin launching twice daily service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 30, 2015 onboard their Embraer 190 aircraft.  To celebrate, they’re offering a limited number of $19 fares for flights from between April 30 and June 18, 2015, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for purchase […]

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New Delta Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow

December 9, 2014

Delta Air Lines just announced that they have opened a new Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow for arriving BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members arriving from the United States. The Arrivals Lounge will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m for these arriving passengers. The Arrivals Lounge is located in the arrivals hall in Terminal 3 and […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for December 2014

December 9, 2014

The sign-up bonuses and other benefits of travel credit cards are constantly changing. Bonuses increase and decrease all the time; cards introduce new benefits or take others away, sometimes with little or no notice. An offer that’s available today could be gone…well, later today. That is why it’s useful to stay current on the credit card marketplace […]

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Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 9, 2014

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about […]

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5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

December 8, 2014

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US […]

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Order Food Delivery Through Uber with UberFresh

December 8, 2014

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, it gives you the option to choose between low-cost UberX cars and SUV’s when riding with a group, the vehicles are kept to […]

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Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

December 8, 2014

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Brazil for $474 Roundtrip

December 8, 2014

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some great fares from both New York and Miami to Iguassu Falls, Brazil (IGU) this winter starting at only $474 round-trip on both LAN and TAM. Finding Airfares Using the ITA Matrix One of the most useful tools for searching airfares quickly is the ITA Matrix. Check out this post […]

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Delta Enhances New Cabins with Comfort + and Delta One

December 8, 2014

Delta Air Lines just announced this morning that they will be redefining their product offerings onboard with new names and amenities. They will now offer five products to choose from, including Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ which offer premium amenities. BusinessElite get renamed as Delta One, and Economy Comfort gets rebranded as Delta Comfort +. Starting March […]

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Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

December 8, 2014

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and […]

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Can I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit for Gift Cards?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Stan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the current 2014 success rate of getting an Amex Platinum reimbursement for purchasing airline gift cards?” One of my favorite perks of the American Express Platinum card is the annual $200 airline fee credit. Every year you get to select a different airline of your […]

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Should I Credit To American If I’m Already Executive Platinum?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Brendan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’ve already re-qualified for American Executive Platinum for 2015, but still have a few trips this year, should I credit elsewhere?” December is crunch time for those of us who value airline elite status. You’ve got until December 31, 2014 to embark on a flight that will […]

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What’s the Best Strategy For Redeeming Family Award Tickets?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Hung asked me on Facebook: “I’m planning a trip to Vietnam next summer with my family of four, but can’t book United award tickets for four people at the same time. When I select two people, there are many award seats available. Can I redeem points for two seats first, and then immediately redeem another […]

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Why Are British Airways Fuel Surcharges Still So High?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask: “Has anyone asked British Airways why they continue to charge those outrageous fuel surcharges when fuel costs have dropped more than 20% in the last few months? How do they continue to justify this?” There are a lot of things that don’t make sense when it comes to […]

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