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More Power Outlets in Hotel Rooms: the Weekly Wish

August 14, 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: more power outlets in hotel rooms. As fellow frequent travelers, I’m sure many TPG readers experience the same need I do to be connected on the road. The last several […]

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Airline Credit Cards That Offer Elite Status and Benefits

August 13, 2014

While many airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award-redeemable miles that have no bearing on elite status, there are several out there that do offer elite airline status, benefits, and/or qualifying miles, either as part of the sign-up bonus or as a spending threshold bonus, or both. For example, Amex just announced sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles for several of its co-branded Delta […]

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Summer on the Cote d’Azur in Nice

August 13, 2014

St. Tropez and Cannes may get a lot of attention, but sleepy sister town Nice is stepping up its game with a slew of new restaurants and nightlife, making it a top destination for summer travel in the South of France. Contributing writer Lane Nieset takes you there. It’s not hard to claim a spot in the […]

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Luggage Tracking Devices: LugLoc, TrakDot, Okoban & More

August 13, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele delves into the world of luggage tracking technology, exploring options for keeping an eye on your bags even when your airline doesn’t. There’s a sinking feeling you get when you’ve watched all the checked luggage emerge from the baggage carousel, and one of your bags is not among them. Your fellow passengers […]

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How To Maximize Delta SkyMiles for Valuable Awards

August 12, 2014

They keys to a successful miles and points strategy are to diversify your balances (especially in programs that have numerous transfer partners), and to educate yourself on the ins and outs of each program. As I write about each month with my monthly miles/points valuation series, some currencies are much stronger than others. That being said, the value […]

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50,000 SkyMile Bonus for Amex Delta Gold & Platinum Cards

August 12, 2014

Today American Express launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles for three of its co-branded Delta Airlines cards: the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card (both personal and business versions) and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card (personal version only). The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000 SkyMiles for the Gold cards and […]

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Amex Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport Now Open

August 12, 2014

The Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport opened its doors today, making it the third US Centurion lounge along with the ones at McCarran airport in Las Vegas and in Dallas (DFW). Two more Centurion Lounges are set to open in San Francisco (this fall) and Miami (early in 2015). I had a chance to […]

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Back to School Shopping Strategies for Points and Miles

August 12, 2014

With a new academic year nearly upon us, Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies for back to school shopping to help you save money and maximize points & miles earning for your expenses. It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season has arrived again. For some, classes have already begun, while others have just a few days or […]

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Send TPG to SXSW Interactive 2015 – Vote Now!

August 11, 2014

I’ve been presented with a very exciting opportunity to be a part of a panel at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in March. The festival is a five-day summit featuring presentations and panels from those in emerging technology, websites, video games and start-ups. The mission of SXSW Interactive is rooted in innovation, inspiration and creativity with […]

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Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards for Cardholders

August 11, 2014

On the heels of the (recently expired) 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, I wanted to remind readers of some of the valuable benefits of co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards. Specifically, cardholders can earn 10% of redeemed AAdvantage miles back (up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year), and have access to reduced price domestic awards. A new […]

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What to do in Bagan, Myanmar – Temples, River Cruises and Hikes

August 11, 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, how to book flights within Myanmar, and his experience booking and staying at the Hotel at Tharabar Gate in Bagan. Today he discusses what […]

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Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards Unique Transfer Partners

August 11, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at travel possibilities with the newly expanded list of Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partners, focusing on the unique options of EVA Air and Malaysia Airlines. Last month, Citi announced that it would be adding eight airline transfer partners to its ThankYou rewards program, joining the ranks of three existing flexible […]

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Do I Earn 2x Points With Chase Ink for an Event at Marriott?

August 10, 2014

Running events at hotels (like weddings or corporate meetings) can be very lucrative for earning points. Not only do you get points that you normally earn on your credit card, but also you can earn bonuses from credit cards that offer extra points for hotel spending. There are also corporate meeting planner programs, which offer an additional bonus to meeting […]

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Can I Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards to Starwood Points?

August 10, 2014

TPG reader Suzette sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Hey –  need your help, how can I convert my Chase Points to SPG Points?” I always get questions from people wanting to convert one type of frequent flyer mile, hotel point, or credit card point into another. Generally you don’t do that - once you […]

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Do You Pick a Date Every 3 Months for Card Applications?

August 10, 2014

TPG Reader Michael sent in a question: “…if you do a new round of applications every three months or so, do you choose an exact day in January, April, July and October?” I’ve got 23 different active credit cards right now, and I know a lot of people who have many more than that. My personal […]

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Delta SkyBonus Business Program Updates and Double Points

August 9, 2014

Delta SkyBonus, the airline’s business rewards program, has recently made a few updates to its rewards menu and account requirements, and initiated a targeted double bonus offer on select routes. I don’t write often about business rewards programs, but they can be a great way to boost your miles earning, in some cases even if you don’t have a […]

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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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