Comparing Starwood’s Swan and Dolphin Disney World Resorts

The Swan and Dolphin resorts are great options for Walt Disney World visitors, as they’re both SPG properties located inside the park. However, the two hotels offer guests very different experiences. Today, TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett discusses the benefits of each and the differences between them. While there are hundreds of hotel options in Orlando, Walt Disney World…

FAA Approves Gogo’s Next-Generation 2Ku In-Flight Wi-Fi

Gogo announced this week that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA — the final requirement needed to launch its next-generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. That means this faster in-flight Wi-Fi, which Gogo originally announced last April and has already installed on a 737-500 test plane, is now cleared for in-flight testing and is expected to…

Etihad First Class Comparison: Old Versus New

As with most airlines, your experience with Etihad will vary significantly from one aircraft to the next. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen digs into the similarities and differences between the airline’s “old” first class and The Apartment, which is found on Etihad’s brand-new A380. Etihad sent shockwaves through the travel industry last year when it unveiled…

The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

There are few things worse than watching your frequent flyer miles vanish in an instant. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig outlines one great option for extending the life of your miles with only a minute or two of work. With only a few exceptions, including Delta and JetBlue, frequent flyer miles are set to expire…

Long Hold Times? Try Using Twitter

If you don’t have time to wait on hold, consider contacting your airline via social media. TPG intern Kevin Song digs into the top airline accounts to see which carrier can best handle your request. Nobody likes waiting on the phone, and these days, it seems that any time you need to call an airline, you’ll…

Using Etihad Guest Partner Awards to Find Incredible Value

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how he scored an incredible deal by redeeming Etihad Guest miles for a first class award on partner airline ANA. Earlier this year, my wife, son and I flew Etihad Diamond First Class round-trip from Tokyo to Abu Dhabi, and Pearl Business Class from Abu Dhabi to the Maldives via an incredible…

10 Perks and Services You May Be Able to Get Just By Asking

Customer service is an important aspect of both the travel and credit card industries, and companies will sometimes go the extra distance to help keep valuable customers satisfied. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at opportunities to save money and pick up useful benefits by simply asking for them. There’s more to award travel than…

Top Rewards Credit Cards for International Travel

Generally, I advocate using whichever rewards card offers the best return in points and miles, but there are other factors to keep in mind when you leave the country. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at four cards that you should think about keeping in your wallet on your next international trip. If you’re…

JetBlue Offers 90-Day Mosaic Status Challenge with Bonus

Airline status challenges can offer great shortcuts to earning elite benefits with a new airline, giving you the opportunity to enjoy premium service without the standard flight or revenue requirements. JetBlue is now offering TrueBlue members (even brand new ones) a a status challenge to earn its Mosaic elite status more quickly. You can register for the Mosaic Challenge…

IHG Rewards Accelerate Promo Offers Bonus Points and Free Nights

On the heels of both Hilton and Marriott announcing their fall 2015 promos last week, IHG has just released details of its own fall points promotion. IHG’s is called Accelerate, and is in effect for stays from September 15-December 31, 2015. As with many IHG Rewards promos, each member gets a targeted offer based on his…