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Making Family Travel Easier with Car Seats & Strollers

July 4, 2014

For those of you whose adventures come with infants and toddlers in tow, today TPG Contributor Jason Steele advises on how to minimize the hassle of traveling with a car seat or stroller. My wife and I find that the rewards of family travel exceed the challenges, but there really is little upside to towing child car seats and […]

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Free Drinks for TrueBlue Mosaic Members This Summer

July 3, 2014

Elite status for Jet Blue has a new perk this summer: one free alcoholic beverage. TrueBlue Mosaic members are entitled to one complimentary cocktail, wine or beer on most JetBlue flights during July and August of 2014. In theory, all TrueBlue Mosaic members should have received an email with this new offer, but even if you […]

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Starwood Offers up to 50% Bonus on US Airways Transfers

July 3, 2014

No, you’re not having deja vu. Yesterday I announced that Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 50% bonus on transfers to American Airlines AAdvantage miles for the month of July (instead of the usual 25% bonus). Now Starwood is offering that same bonus for transferring Starpoints to US Airways Dividend Miles. In both cases, no registration is necessary. […]

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5 European Beaches Perfect For A Summer Getaway

July 3, 2014

Beach getaways in Europe are practically a religion. Visit almost any large European city in July or August and it will feel noticeably empty. Why? Because everyone’s at the beach, of course. Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino explores some of the best European beach destinations, appropriate for both European city dwellers and foreign tourists anxious for a a little sun […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class JFK-London Heathrow

July 3, 2014

I’m a Virgin-virgin no more: I recently flew Virgin Atlantic for the first time, sitting in the British airline’s Upper Class from New York’s JFK to London’s Heathrow. For the most part, my first Virgin experience on their Airbus A340 was a good- but I’d have preferred to try the airline’s new Upper Class Suites, presently only available on […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Certificate

July 3, 2014

Although it’s been in the making for quite some time, this week marked the start of the first foray into international travel by Southwest Airlines. With routes to Punta Cana, Mexico City, Cancun and Montego Bay, the airline is slowly inching it’s way to become a global presence. Well, that might be a stretch- but […]

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New TSA Fees Will Make Airfare More Expensive

July 2, 2014

Thinking about planning a big trip? Best to book your flights now, before they become more expensive. Starting on July 21, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. Formerly this fee was $2.50 for each leg of a flight, with a […]

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AAdvantage 10,000 Bonus Miles For Dining 10 Times

July 2, 2014

Dining rewards programs are a great way to double dip on earning miles and points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals while also linking it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles per dollar on top of that. Currently American Airlines’ dining program, AAdvantage Dining, […]

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Maximizing Hyatt Gold Passport for Family Travel

July 2, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in major hotel loyalty programs. Up this week: Hyatt Gold Passport. Previously, we looked at family friendly hotel options within the Starwood brands, and readers commented that they wanted to compare that perspective to other brands. For starters, we’ll look at the Hyatt Gold Passport program […]

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Up to 50% Bonus AA Miles With Starwood Transfers in July

July 2, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest points are the most valuable currency on my monthly list of currency valuations at 2.3 cents a piece. They’re valuable because they can be used for hotel redemptions (plus 5th night free on awards and cash + points) and can also be transferred to 32 airline partners- many at a 25% bonus […]

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Cultured: Los Angeles’ Downtown Art Walk

July 1, 2014

I’m pleased to introduce a new TPG column. “Cultured” sets out to explore the arts and cultural attractions  in top cities around the world. With so many emerging and established arts scenes out there, we know these attractions are often at the top of travelers’ lists when it comes to discovering a city. To get the ball rolling […]

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Southwest Begins Operating International Flights Today

July 1, 2014

I used to fly Southwest a lot in college between Pittsburgh (where I went to school) and Philadelphia (home). It was pretty awesome – every 8 roundtrips gave me a free flight, which meant affordable visits to Las Vegas or wherever my alma mater (The University of Pittsburgh) was competing in a (admittedly lame) bowl game. […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Grand Rome Superior King Room

July 1, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently traveled to Rome where he stayed at the St. Regis Grand. Here’s his review on the property. There are plenty of options for a night in The Eternal City, but I knew I wanted to stay at the St. Regis Grand, one of the most luxurious and stately hotels in all of Rome, and […]

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Citi Executive AAdvantage 100,000 Mile Offer On Life Support

July 1, 2014

Update: The 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  It isn’t abnormal for credit card companies to offer lucrative targeted offers for certain credit card products. Credit card bonuses cost money and the marketing teams at credit card companies want to stretch their […]

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Last Chance For Tickets To The 2014 Chicago Seminars

June 30, 2014

For those of you who were unable to attend our recent TPG Reader Meet Up at the W Lakeshore in Chicago, there are still 20 seats left for the Chicago Seminars  on October 17 to 19th.  The event will be held again at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near O’Hare. You can register here for $95 for the weekend, which […]

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Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

June 30, 2014

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners […]

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Hotel Review: The Langham Chicago

June 30, 2014

While hosting my latest TPG Reader Meet-Up in Chicago last weekend, I was supposed to stay at the W Lakeshore Chicago, but when checking in at 5pm, I was told that 2 out of 3 rooms were not available and that my suite wouldn’t be available until 9pm or so. I had a live TV […]

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Status Matcher Helps Travelers Attain and Keep Elite Status

June 30, 2014

Yesterday I answered a reader question about airline status matches and challenges, and I mentioned a website called Status Matcher, which provides a bounty of information about the status match and challenge policies of most airlines, hotels, and even auto rental companies (hat tip to TPG reader Ali who introduced me to the site!). I think this website […]

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How Do You Complete An Airline Status Match Or Challenge?

June 29, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Jordan tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Do you have any advice on how I should complete an airline status match or challenge?” If your goal is to earn airline elite status as fast as possible, it’s important to have a status match and/or challenge strategy. When you start to gain elite […]

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Can You Transfer Chase Freedom Points to Marriott?

June 29, 2014

This week TPG reader Carli tweeted: “@thepointsguy is there any way to transfer chase freedom points to Marriott Rewards without having a chase premium card?” Unfortunately the answer to Carli’s question is no. In order to transfer points earned from the Chase Freedom Visa, you need to also have a premium Chase card like the Sapphired Preferred, Ink Bold […]

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Do I Have to Cancel a Card Before Applying a Second Time?

June 29, 2014

TPG Reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “if I apply for the same card multiple times (like you did with the Citi AA) do I have to cancel the existing card first?” The short answer is “maybe”. Some card issuers are more lenient than others and it even depends which specific product you’re trying to get. The Citi Executive AAdvantage […]

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If I Ditch the Last Leg of My Ticket Will I Earn Miles?

June 29, 2014

This week TPG reader Alan tweeted: “@thepointsguy if I don’t fly the last leg of my ticket will I still earn QM for the ones I did?” Ditching the last leg of an itinerary is known as “throw away ticketing” where you may book a cheap ticket to a destination, but at the end of […]

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3X Bonus Avianca LifeMiles, Free Wifi in NY Airports & More

June 28, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: AAdvange Members Earn 100,000 Bonus Miles For Asia Flights: American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles for taking a maximum of four eligible roundtrip flights on any of AA’s new non-stop routes between the US and Asia. Register prior to travel using promotion code ASIA2, purchase a […]

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How to Get the Best Value for Starwood Hotel Redemptions

June 27, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns this Friday to talk maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest promotions, just in time before the limited time 30,000 point offer on the personal and business Amex cards ends on June 30, 2104.  According to TPG’s most recent monthly valuations, Starwood points continue to be the single most valuable point or mile […]

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