On the New TPGtv: How to Book Singapore Suites in 90 Seconds

It feels like only yesterday we were launching TPGtv, our video series spotlighting the world’s most spectacular destinations and highlighting how you can maximize points and miles to book your own amazing travel adventures. Well, it’s been nearly six months — our very first video went live in February — and we’ve come a long way…

Why You Might Want to Use Uber or Lyft When Traveling Abroad

TPG Contributor Steven Ganeles shares a cautionary tale about what happened to him on a recent trip to China, and why he thinks you should consider using Uber or Lyft as an alternative to local taxis abroad. Public transportation is usually a great way to get around when traveling internationally — it’s cheap, easy to use and tends…

Redeeming Starpoints for Maximum Value

Thanks to a wide variety of high-value opportunities to redeem your points, Starpoints top TPG’s monthly valuations list. If you’re looking to redeem your rewards, though, it helps to know how each of the SPG program’s many redemption options stack up. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr ranks them all. More than a…

Booking A Hyatt Points + Cash Award When There’s No Availability

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in a difficult situation when a Hyatt Points + Cash award he meant to book mysteriously disappeared… after he’d transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book it. But as he discovered, Hyatt agents can sometimes open up award availability. As always, it never hurts to ask! I’m traveling to…

Singapore Offering 50% Discount on SilkAir Award Redemptions

Singapore Airlines is now allowing customers to book award flights on its regional subsidiary SilkAir at a 50% discount. Awards are available starting at just 3,750 miles each way between Singapore (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL), and 6,250 between SIN and Phnom Penh (PNH) and Phuket (HKT). This sale is valid for departures until October…

Google Maps Enhanced With ‘Areas of Interest’ For Finding Activities On The Go

Google has updated its Maps app in such a way that allows users to use the service as a discovery tool in addition to relying on it for directions. Available now on desktop, as well as Android and iOS devices, the maps now show “Areas of Interest,” which aim to make it easier for people to find restaurants,…

FYI: You Can Now Go Glamping in NYC — for $2,000 Per Night

“Roughing it” isn’t typically the way one would describe spending a night in New York City at one of the world’s most popular boutique hotel chains, but the W New York in Midtown Manhattan is doing its best to redefine the phrase in appropriately luxurious fashion — the property recently transformed the terrace of its spacious Extreme…

Etihad Will Operate the A380 Twice Daily to JFK Starting Next June

Etihad Airways will soon be upgrading its second daily flight from New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A380. This means starting June 1, 2017, you’ll have a better chance of finding availability to book yourself a $32,000 ticket in the over-the-top, super-opulent Etihad Residence on future trips to the UAE…

Earn Double Starpoints at Tribute Portfolio Properties with SPG’s Latest Promotion

Starwood has offered SPG members some pretty valuable promotions in the past, offering SPG members double Starpoints on stays of two nights or more last year. Now, SPG is letting members who book trips to eligible Tribute Portfolio properties the chance to earn double Starpoints on their stay. In order to get in on this promotion, you must register with SPG by October…

T-Mobile Offers Free High-Speed Data During Rio Olympics

Great news for T-Mobile customers planning to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics: the company recently announced that it’ll be offering free unlimited data during the month of August to customers heading to Brazil, so you’ll be able to easily keep in touch and share your experiences with friends and family back home. The mobile provider already provides access to its speedy…