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Hotel Review: The Hotel Stanhope Brussels Via Hotel Tonight

March 27, 2014

Last week, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss stayed at the The Stanhope in Brussels. The following is his review of his experience at the property. My first night in Brussels was a good one at the Dominican, and as much as I would have liked to have stayed an additional night, it was not […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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Flying Blue Discount Promo Awards Released For June 1 – July 31, 2014

March 27, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers discounted Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as much as 50% of the miles normally needed. The program recently started releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of every month (instead of every two […]

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Travel Sweepstakes Roundup: Win A Trip to Melbourne, iPad From Qatar Airways, 240,000 Hawaiian Miles and More

March 26, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are some of our the TPG top picks to win some great travel prizes. Win A Trip To Melbourne: Visit Melbourne is sponsoring a contest where you can win a vacation for two in Melbourne, Australia. You have […]

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Delta Cutting Alaska MVP Elite Benefits Effective May 1, 2014

March 26, 2014

One of the more interesting airline relationships to watch lately has been that of Delta and Alaska Airlines. While the two used to have a very close partnership, lately there has been more and more competition between them as Delta has muscled its way into Alaska’s traditional territory of the Pacific Northwest with a particular […]

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Hotel Review: The Dominican Brussels Using Hotel Tonight

March 26, 2014

Last week, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss stayed at the The Dominican in Brussels, Belgium. The following is his review of his experience at the property. After traveling to Dublin with friends last week, I decided to extend my trip for a few days and add a stopover in Brussels to visit my friend […]

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American Express Tightening Sign-Up Bonuses – No Past Cardholders Allowed Starting In May (And Maybe Sooner)

March 26, 2014

There’s been a lot of buzz lately that American Express was going to change its sign-up bonus policy in the coming months (it looked likely to be May 1, 2014). Whereas the policy to this point has usually been that if you had a particular consumer card in the past, but no longer had it […]

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Why Would Delta Rather Fly Empty Business Class Cabins Than Upgrade Elites?

March 26, 2014

Along with many of the other negative changes Delta has announced over the past year including award chart devaluations, revenue-based elite requirements, and a new revenue-based mileage-earning system that will go into place in December, the airline also changed up how it hands out upgrades to elites back in December – and I’ve been hearing […]

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Royal Sprinter: The Newest Contender on the DC-NYC Travel Scene

March 25, 2014

Starting April 4, Washington, DC restaurateur and real estate leasing agent Andy Seligman will launch Royal Sprinter, a luxury van service that will travel between DC and New York. Joining Vamoose, Amtrak and the Bolt Bus, this is just the latest in a fleet of options for frequent travelers up and down the I-95 Corridor. Royal […]

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Southwest Announces Seven New Routes from Reagan (DCA)

March 25, 2014

Back in January, American and US Airways announced that they would be divesting 52 slot pairs at Reagan National DCA Airport as part of their settlement with the Department of Justice, and it looks like we now know who won the bidding process to pick up the extra spaces: Southwest. The airline said that it […]

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Top 10 Ways To Survive A Ryanair Flight

March 25, 2014

Veteran low-cost traveler and TPG contributor Lori Zaino offers some valuable advice on how to fly on notorious budget carrier Ryanair. These tips and tricks might just get you to your destination without (too many!) stressful moments and crazy last-minute fees. Low-cost carriers like Ryanair can certainly be cheap, and a lot of folks decide […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders Now Get Same-Day Admirals Club Access

March 25, 2014

Last Friday was the last day American Express Platinum cardholders enjoyed access to American and US Airways club lounges as part of their benefits package, and it looked like the only credit card left that would get you access to both sets of lounges (thanks to the merger) was the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard. […]

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Flight Review: Brussels Airlines A330-200 Business Class BRU-JFK

March 25, 2014

Last week, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss flew Brussels Airlines A330-200 Business Class from Brussels to New York’s JFK. The following is his review of the flight experience. When looking for a way to get back to New York from Dublin last week, I was unable to find any direct non-stop flights, so I […]

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Amex Increases Business Platinum Sign-Up Bonus to 40,000 Points

March 24, 2014

We may be compensated for links in this post. To see a full list of the cards that we receive compensation for and an explanation of our advertising policy visit this page. While 2013 was a slow year for American Express with just a couple amazing deals interspersed throughout the year for a day here […]

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Amex EveryDay Cards Now Accepting Applications

March 24, 2014

At the beginning of this month, American Express announced that it would be launching two new products called the EveryDay cards that would earn full Membership Rewards points and have the potential to earn 20-50% bonuses on everyday purchases (hence the name) if you used them on a certain amount of transactions per month. The […]

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New IHG Rewards PointBreaks List March 24 – May 31 Is Live

March 24, 2014

Last week, IHG Rewards released a sneak peek at their upcoming list of PointBreaks properties where you can score award nights at a discounted rate of 5,000 points – and now the list is live here. I would suggest doing so as soon as possible because there is limited availability at these lower promotional rates […]

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Things To Do Before Big Changes on March 31 – US Airways, Southwest and More

March 24, 2014

This time of year, it’s Tax Day that usually marks the biggest moment of reckoning, but 2014 is a strange one with plenty of changes set to go into effect in the airline industry come March 31. So with one week left to go, we wanted to remind you of what’s coming down the pike […]

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1,000 Bonus Miles for New American Airlines LaGuardia LGA Flights

March 24, 2014

If playing American’s Passport Challenge got you jonesing for more bonus American miles, the airline is offering airport-specific bonuses for its new flights out of LaGuardia. Even though LaGuardia can be a nightmare at times, it is scheduled to get a $3.6-billion renovation. Here’s the promo. When you book a roundtrip on American Eagle between […]

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Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Suzanne emailed me a question this week about the Chase Sapphire Preferred she’s planning on applying for: “I have the Chase Freedom, but the TPG Maximizer recommended I get Chase Sapphire Preferred for better benefits. In this case, I was wondering if its more beneficial for me to add my fiance to my […]

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What Credit Card Should I Put Hotel Wedding Spend On?

March 23, 2014

TPG Twitter follower Redcat has an upcoming wedding to pay for and is wondering what credit card to put the hotel expenses on. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy $15k in IHG hotel spend for a wedding. Sapphire Preferred or IHG Visa card? Or something else?” What this really gets down to is, what credit card […]

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Is It Possible To Book A Roundtrip Award Ticket To Rio De Janeiro With Just 100,000 American Miles?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Mark emailed me about booking an award ticket to South America using American Airlines miles: “I wanted to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with AA miles in December, but business class awards are only available at 100,000 each way! Will I ever be able to get my whole […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Getting The United MileagePlus Club Card?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Paul emailed me with a question about the United MileagePlus Club Card: “In your list of recommended cards, you rarely mention the United MileagePlus Club Card. It gives you Club access and 1.5 miles per $1, but even if you don’t use the Club privileges, and charge more than $75,000 per year, the […]

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Saturday Recap: 1,000 Bonus Delta Miles, Conrad Hotels Upgrades and Bonus Points, Bonus Lufthansa Miles, Frontier Discounts And More

March 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Complimentary Upgrade or Breakfast And Bonus Points At Conrad Hotels: For stays booked before December 31, 2014, Conrad Hotels & Resorts (part of Hilton) are offering the “Luxury of Being Yourself” promotion, which allows you to select either a complimentary daily breakfast for […]

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Flight Review: British Airways 747-400 Club World Business Class DUB-LHR-MIA

March 22, 2014

Though I was sad to leave my beloved Dublin this week after a fantastic birthday weekend, I was definitely looking forward to flying home to Miami since I was booked to fly via London Heathrow on British Airways in Club World business class. While not the newest product in the sky and one I flew […]

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