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Flying a Round the World Award Using US Airways Miles

July 7, 2014

TPG special contributor Eric Rosen recently used his US Airways miles to book a round-trip business class award…that instead let him fly round the world. Here’s how he did it. The sweet spots in US Airways’ award chart combined with its lax routing rules make it possible to fly around the world for the same […]

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Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

July 7, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe, […]

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Will Hyatt to Southwest Transfers Count Towards the Companion Pass?

July 6, 2014

TPG reader Kristen tweeted this week asking: “I’m trying to get the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring Hyatt points. Does the article you posted still work?“ I’ve said time and time again that the Companion Pass is an incredible benefit of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program since it lets a companion fly free with you for […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Free Hotel Stays in Europe?

July 6, 2014

I love Europe (I was in London last weekend, and I’m actually filming this week’s reader questions in beautiful Madrid, Spain), and I thought it was topical that TPG reader Anthony tweeted me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the best credit cards for free hotel stays in Europe?” Hotels can be expensive in […]

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Can I Use British Airways Avios to Travel in North America?

July 6, 2014

This week’s “rookie” question (no offense–we all have to start somewhere with the points game) is from TPG Reader Suzy, who tweeted: “@thepointsguy Can you use British Airways Avios points to book airfare within North America?” Suzy is wondering if she can use her British Airways Avios to book airfare within North America. She lives in Vancouver […]

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Should I Aim for Delta Diamond Status Instead of Platinum?

July 6, 2014

This week TPG reader Lev tweeted: “@thepointsguy I’m at 80K Delta MQMs so far this year. Is reaching for Delta Diamond Elite Status vs. aiming for Delta Platinum Elite Status more worthwhile than before, given the planned 2015 changes? (I live by JFK airport.)” The general trend that I’ve seen with airline elite status is […]

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Maximizing Points in Wedding Season: Miles Registries & More

July 5, 2014

Wedding season is in full swing, and there’s a good chance you’ve got a few to attend this summer. Considering the cost of gifts on top of airfare and hotels, wedding expenses can add up quickly, especially if you’re involved in the wedding party (or if you’re the one getting married). To help offset some of those costs, TPG […]

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50% SPG Transfer Bonus, 10k AAdvantage Dining Miles & More

July 5, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Hilton HHonors 2X/3X Miles For China Eastern: Hilton HHonors is offering 2X or 3X miles for China Eastern frequent flyer stays until September 30, 2014. You can earn triple miles for stays at 44 participating Greater China hotels and double miles everywhere else. In […]

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Win Trips To Las Vegas, Disney, India, Brazil & Nantucket

July 4, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win a Trip to India: You could win an eight day trip to India for signing up for SmarTours mailing list by July 8, 2014. The prize trip includes international […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday + Dining Program Bonus

July 4, 2014

For those of you who are opting out of the 4th of July BBQ, a reminder that this is the first Friday of the month, which means you can earn 3x points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. And thanks to the annual 7% points dividend on the Sapphire Preferred, earning 3x points really means earning 3.21x points per […]

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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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