My 5 Travel Essentials: Travel Channel Host Anthony Melchiorri

Anthony Melchiorri knows hotels. The one-time night manager of New York’s Plaza Hotel runs his own hospitality consultant service, has four hotel projects in the pipeline and is in the midst of filming the eighth season of his Travel Channel show, Hotel Impossible. Two spin-offs are also in the works: Hotel Showdown, where four hotel managers or owners…

A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Authorized Users

It’s quite common for credit card issuers to offer incentives for adding authorized users to your account. This ultimately gives the consumer more opportunity to use the card and therefore increases the net income for the card issuer. But what’s in it for the authorized user? Today, I’ll cover a few frequently asked questions about adding…

Save Big on Flights, Hotels and Cruises Using Amex Offers

Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time and generally targeted deals for American Express cardholders. Among the many mediocre and decent offers, there are some compelling travel deals that we don’t want you to miss. In this new series, I’ll be rounding up the best travel-related Amex Offers each month. If you’ve ever looked through the list of Amex Offers,…

Earn Instant Diamond Medallion Status With Delta Private Jets

Believe it or not, private jet travel is not just an exorbitant luxury only to be enjoyed by the super-rich — there are times when it can be a practical form of transportation, such as when a group needs to travel to an airport without convenient commercial service. In addition, many private jet providers offer prepaid…

Debunking Credit Card Myths: Do Annual Fees Count Toward Minimum Spending Requirements?

We devote a lot of time to discussing travel rewards credit cards here at TPG. Opening cards to earn top sign-up bonuses and then using those cards strategically at various merchants can open up fantastic redemptions like premium-class flights and luxurious hotel rooms. However, there are a number of misconceptions out there when it comes to credit…

Can Someone Else Use My Global Entry Application Credit?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting expedited security: “If I already have Global Entry, can I still use a statement credit to cover someone else’s application?” I love having access to expedited security programs, and I highly recommend signing up if you travel frequently. Global Entry membership (which includes TSA PreCheck) normally costs $100, but there are…

Award Travel Options to Israel Across All 3 Major Airline Alliances

Israel, home to three major world religions, is a destination on many travelers’ bucket lists — and for good reason. The country has lots to offer, from miles of sandy beaches and a nightlife scene in Tel Aviv that rivals New York City’s to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the best hummus…

9 Best Priority Pass Lounges in the US

Airport lounges have long been a haven for business- and first-class passengers, but they’re now becoming more and more accessible to the everyday traveler. The Priority Pass program, for instance, now has a network of more than 900 lounges in 120 countries and 400 cities worldwide. While there are several membership options available — Standard, which costs $99 per year and…

Debunking Credit Card Myths: Do I Get to Keep My Points if I Cancel a Card?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that travel rewards credit cards are a popular topic of conversation here at TPG. Utilizing top sign-up bonuses and using the right card for various bonus categories can open up fantastic redemptions like premium-class flights and luxurious hotel rooms. However, there are a number of misconceptions out there when it comes…