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Should I Drop the Admirals Club for the Centurion Lounge?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth keeping my Admirals Club membership, or should I drop it for the new Centurion Lounges?” I generally don’t think it’s worth paying for lounge access. Spending $500 for a membership alone doesn’t make sense when you could get that same Admirals Club membership through either the Citi […]

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What Should I Do with My Amex Points if I Cancel My Card?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Dror sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I have 170,000 Membership Rewards points through my Amex card spending. I’m planning to close my credit card, but I don’t want to lose those points. What are my options?” Dror, your best option is to simply downgrade your card to the American Express Everyday card, […]

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How Can I Get a Better Airplane Seat at the Last Minute?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Albertina tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is there a way to get a better seat last minute? I got stuck in the back in a middle row from Buenos Aires to Miami! Ugh!”  Getting a bad seat on a long flight is no fun. Airlines typically block off a lot of window or […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bal Harbour – Grand Luxe Oceanfront Suite

November 8, 2014

TPG contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami. Here’s his review of the property. The rain was coming down in buckets as my wife and I pulled up to the St. Regis Bal Harbour, the first stop on our “stay-cation babymoon” in South Florida. Little did I know that […]

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Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

November 8, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays […]

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Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

November 7, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city […]

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9 Ways To Do Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum

November 7, 2014

Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, Riviera Maya is a 100-mile sweep of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, holding more mystique than just its beaches. For Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Lane Nieset takes us on an exploration of the many diverse treasures the area has to offer travelers—from island excursions to cave diving to Mayan ruins and […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for November 2014

November 7, 2014

Credit card sign-up bonuses are constantly changing; an offer that’s here today might be gone tomorrow, and bonuses on a single card can rise or fall 50,000 points overnight. It pays to stay on top of the current credit card market so you can take advantage of the best bonus offers when they become available. To help you […]

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7 Airline Policies that Punish Leisure Travelers

November 7, 2014

Airlines are in business to make money, but it’s important that they balance their bottom line with the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some airline policies that are tipping that balance in the wrong direction. Last week I wrote about the effect of revenue-based frequent flyer […]

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18 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants from Coast to Coast

November 7, 2014

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative 3x points on dining offer on the first Friday of the month, we’re rounding up the best in dining. For November, comfort food is on the brain as we gear up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. And what’s more comforting than down home Southern comfort and fried chicken? Read on […]

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New Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts for Winter Getaways

November 6, 2014

Hyatt recently launched two new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, and to celebrate, they’re offering a special promotion for Hyatt Gold Passport Members of 50% off the daily rate and the fifth night free at any of five new properties. The daily rates may seem high, but keep in mind that they’re all-inclusive, so the […]

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10 Best Restaurants in New York for Broadway Dining

November 6, 2014

One of my favorite New York City pastimes is dinner and a Broadway show. I’ve asked New York City-based contributor Michele Herrmann to dig up the best spots to eat and drink. The next time you go to a show, consider checking out one of these restaurants. In New York, catching a Broadway show and grabbing a […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Sol Republic Headphones

November 6, 2014

Whenever I travel, be it for work for pleasure, one thing is assured, and that is that I bring music with me wherever I go. Now that I can keep my phone in airplane mode from the moment I take off to the moment I land, music can always be my accompaniment at 39,000 feet. […]

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Starwood Debuts SPG Keyless: Mobile Check-In and Keys

November 6, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss and TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines sat down with Starwood Hotels and Resorts CEO Frits van Paasschen and Senior Vice President, Starwood Preferred Guest & Digital, Chris Holdren yesterday at the W New York Downtown to discuss SPG Keyless, the new keyless RFID-based entry system rolling out through SPG […]

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Hotel Choice Benefits for Top Tier Elites: The Weekly Wish

November 6, 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: offer choice benefits to top tier hotel elites. The first class I ever attended as a college freshman was Economics, and on the board, the professor wrote, “There’s no […]

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American Express San Francisco Centurion Lounge Preview

November 5, 2014

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the Amex Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which officially opens tomorrow morning and will be the fourth Centurion lounge in the U.S. and the first location on the West Coast, which is located in Terminal 3 past security, and open daily from 5am to 11 pm. The other three Centurion […]

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50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus for Southwest Cards Is Back

November 5, 2014

Chase is once again offering increased sign-up bonuses of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and business Plus cards. To get the full bonus on any of these cards, you must spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening. Aside from the value of […]

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8 Chicago Restaurant Hot Spots For Every Occasion

November 5, 2014

You can’t beat classic Chicago staples like Giordano’s or Gino’s East, but these days the city is becoming known for more than its deep-dish pizza and hot dogs when it comes to cuisine. Neighborhoods around town are one-upping the other with new additions on the food and drink scene spanning all sorts of menus, from Midwestern spins on European […]

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Upgrading to JetBlue Mint from Coach

November 5, 2014

I recently had the chance to fly JetBlue’s Mint Business Class between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles. While I wasn’t able to sit in one of the private, closed-door suites, I was impressed with the lie-flat seats and overall service, and am hopeful that JetBlue will expand Mint to a wider route network. Aside from getting […]

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The Fidelity Amex Card: Is 2% Cash Back Good Enough?

November 5, 2014

Cash-back rewards are often passed over by award travel enthusiasts for more glamorous airline and hotel points, but they can play an important role in your overall earning strategy. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at one of the stronger cash-back credit card options, and discusses whether it should have a place in your wallet. When it comes to […]

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8 Airline and DOT Rules Every Flyer Should Know

November 5, 2014

When doing business with airlines, the fine print in the contract of carriage can often mean headaches (generally for you, not for them). However, there are some rules designed to work in your favor, but they’ll only do you good if you know them. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Contributor Jason Steele discusses some of those rules, and explains how […]

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Citi AAdvantage Platinum 50,000 Offer Plus 2 Admirals Club Passes

November 4, 2014

Citi periodically offers sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles or more for its co-branded American Airlines AAdvantage cards. However, there’s a new offer for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard that comes with 50,000 AAdvantage miles and two Admirals Club one-day passes when you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening, with the $95 annual fee waived the the […]

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Is the Hyatt Diamond Challenge Going Away?

November 4, 2014

This year’s Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge was perhaps the most generous hotel elite status challenge I’ve seen. Hyatt Diamond Status is normally earned after 50 nights or 25 stays, but with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, you only had to stay 12 nights within 60 days to earn status that lasts for over a year. You received all the perks of Hyatt Diamond status […]

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Deal Alert: $29 Fares on Frontier Airlines

November 4, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having an election day sale today with flights starting at $29 from several cities that they fly from including Denver, Omaha, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington-Dulles, and Trenton, NJ for select dates this November and December. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $29, be sure to book sooner than […]

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