Safaris and Foundations That Care Deeply About Lions

As you may have heard, an American dentist has been identified as the killer of Zimbabwe’s most beloved lion. Cecil, a 13-year-old male, had six cubs in his pride — and they now face certain death from other male lions. Earlier this month, the dentist-hunter paid £35,000 (roughly $55,000) for the questionable privilege of shooting Cecil…

Sign Up for Hyatt’s Diamond Challenge by Tomorrow

It’s déjà vu all over again. Remember last year’s Hyatt Diamond Challenge? TPG team member Ryan Gaines completed the challenge, right before Hyatt realized it was giving away the store and put a stop to it. Then Hyatt announced a new Diamond Elite Tier offer, which was a bit more reasonable but still one of the most generous…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Coordinating Trips with a Companion

Double the points, double the benefits, double the fun! Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the second installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to develop a rewards strategy with your travel partner. If you’re new to award travel, one of your earliest (and most crucial) missions is to get your favorite travel partner(s) into the game as well. Whether you’re planning…

Planning a Hawaiian Vacation with Hilton HHonors Points

Hawaii lives up to the hype. There are plenty of award travel opportunities there, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks exclusively at your options for using Hilton HHonors points in the 50th state. Hawaii is typically a popular destination for award travelers. However, there are countless possibilities when it comes to…

Insider Series: How Air Traffic Controllers Handle Stress

TPG Contributor “Vic Vector” is an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In this installment of our Insider Series, he talks about the infamous amount of stress associated with the job and how controllers deal with it. The first thing everyone says to me after finding out my occupation is, “Oh,…

Honeymoon in Southeast Asia — a TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Amazing Deal Alert: BOS, NYC, PHL to Los Angeles on AA for $149

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Recently, on the tail end of a whirlwind trip around Thailand, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with his wife and toddler son. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s $600 airfare deal to Bangkok, here’s his take on the property. After our quick tour across Thai cities and beaches, my wife and I were…

Free Lounge Access at Hilton Moscow When You Book the $399 Singapore Air Flight

As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, Singapore Airlines is currently offering an exceptional deal exclusively for TPG readers on its flight from Houston (IAH) to Moscow (DME) — $399 for round-trip travel. And if you’ve booked your ticket already and are looking into accommodations, we have even more good news for you!…