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Gogo WiFi Benefit for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

December 15, 2014

Six months after announcing that Platinum Card members will receive complimentary, unlimited WiFi access from Boingo Wireless, American Express OPEN has announced that in 2015 (on a not yet specified date), Amex Business Platinum cardholders will receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually. These passes can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of […]

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American Express 40% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios

December 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways now through January 31, 2015. Normally when you transfer Amex points to Avios, the ratio is 1:1, so if you transfer […]

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20 Great Holiday Gifts for Travelers

December 10, 2014

With a world’s worth of potential gifts to give a traveler for the winter holidays, you could spend the entire year looking for the perfect present. Fortunately, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has narrowed the list down to twenty must-have items for journeys near and far – leaving you more time to plan your next trip! TPG TIP: To maximize […]

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What To Do with Small Points and Miles Balances

December 10, 2014

Travel rewards enthusiasts tend to focus on the big aspirational awards like first-class flights and top-tier hotels. However, maximizing your points and miles is sometimes a matter of getting what you can out of not very much. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen lays out some strategies for doing just that. The points and miles game […]

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Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

December 8, 2014

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and […]

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Air France KLM 50% off Flying Blue Promo Awards for Feb-Mar

December 2, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers Promo Awards each month that enable you to book award flights for as little as half the miles normally needed on some routes and in certain cabins. The list of awards you can book between December 1-31, 2014 for travel February 1-March 31, 2015 is now up on the […]

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Ultimate Black Friday Shopping Guide to America’s Best Mega Malls

November 26, 2014

If you’re amongst the 90 million people expected to travel during Thanksgiving weekend, your holiday plans might mean spending Black Friday in uncharted shopping territory. To solve this retail dilemma, TPG Contributor Liana Lozada has rounded up the best mega-mall Black Friday promotions around the country. Read on for info on around-the-clock hours and hard-to-resist incentives. Miami […]

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8 Hot Shopping Destinations in the World’s Most Fashionable Cities

November 25, 2014

Heading to a fashion capital and don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping? Nice-based TPG contributor Lane Nieset spotlights some of the best places to shop in the world’s most fashionable cities, from classic streets to new neighborhoods begging to be explored. Whether it’s holiday shopping or shopping any time of year, don’t […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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6 Top Airports for International Layovers

November 18, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers up some international airports around the world with world-class features and amenities (and a quick excursion to the city center, time permitting) so you can maximize your layover. For layovers in in North America, check out our recent post […]

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American Express Centurion Studio at Seattle Announced

November 17, 2014

Today American Express announced plans to create a Centurion Studio Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at some point in 2015. I asked for clarification on the date, but none was available, nor are there concept pictures available. It will be located right off the main terminal toward concourse B, post-security and easily accessible to all terminals.  This […]

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Andalucía 3 Ways: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

November 14, 2014

Andalucía… a truly authentic taste of España. A mixture of Moorish, Spanish, and gypsy cultures all in one, this Spanish region is filled with passionate locals, stomps of flamenco and warm sunshine. Madrid-based TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino provides a guide to three Andalucian gems, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba for our Destination of the Week series. Andalucía boasts over 300 days […]

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5 Destinations for Digital Nomads & Online Entrepreneurs

November 12, 2014

The best risk I ever took was quitting my job on Wall Street to focus on The Points Guy full time. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to travel for a living and help others get the most out of their travels. If you’ve ever wanted to take a similar risk, this post is for you. TPG […]

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Top 10 Airport Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

November 12, 2014

Airline travel isn’t exactly the most glamorous way to get from Point A to Point B, but there are aspects of it that can help you feel like a true high roller. One of my personal favorites is lounge access. Having an oasis from the chaos of the terminal or the infestation of gate lice can […]

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ANA Award Chart Changes: Good News and Better Redemptions

November 11, 2014

Japan-based carrier ANA recently announced a major change to its frequent flyer program, shifting from a distance-based chart to a region-based one. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the change and what it means for award travelers. ANA has long been ranked one of the top foreign frequent flyer programs thanks to a distance-based […]

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9 Ways To Do Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum

November 7, 2014

Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, Riviera Maya is a 100-mile sweep of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, holding more mystique than just its beaches. For Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Lane Nieset takes us on an exploration of the many diverse treasures the area has to offer travelers—from island excursions to cave diving to Mayan ruins and […]

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7 Airline Policies that Punish Leisure Travelers

November 7, 2014

Airlines are in business to make money, but it’s important that they balance their bottom line with the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some airline policies that are tipping that balance in the wrong direction. Last week I wrote about the effect of revenue-based frequent flyer […]

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American Express San Francisco Centurion Lounge Preview

November 5, 2014

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the Amex Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which officially opens tomorrow morning and will be the fourth Centurion lounge in the U.S. and the first location on the West Coast, which is located in Terminal 3 past security, and open daily from 5am to 11 pm. The other three Centurion […]

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Strategies for Travel Without Airline Elite Status

November 3, 2014

I get a lot of value from both airline and hotel elite status, but I recognize that for many travelers, the benefits of elite status don’t justify the extra cost and effort required to earn it. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses how you can enjoy elite benefits when you fly, even without elite status. Despite how often I fly, I don’t hold […]

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Which Citi ThankYou Rewards Card Offers the Most Value?

October 29, 2014

Citi has made impressive strides this year with the addition of nine new airline transfer partners, and while ThankYou Rewards finished last in our transferable points programs showdown earlier this week, there’s still a lot of value to be found there. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explores credit card options for earning Citi ThankYou points, and explains the differences between […]

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BarclayCard Launches AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card

October 27, 2014

There have been a lot of unknowns with the American Airlines and US Airways merger- especially when it comes to the frequent flyer program. We still don’t know exactly when the two programs will merge and what the new combined program will look like. As far as co-branded credit cards, we know that Barclaycard will still […]

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Late Checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond: the Weekly Wish

October 23, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: guaranteed late checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond elites. I’m sure many of you have been in a position where your travel plans don’t mesh well with an 11 am […]

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How to Navigate Thailand’s Boundless Beach Scene

October 15, 2014

TPG International Correspondent and beach lover Lori Zaino guides us through some great spots to get some sun in Thailand. There is nothing that makes me happier than a long stretch of white sand and waves crashing the shore. I am a beach girl at heart and constantly searching the world over for beautiful seaside spots. […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Tribeca New York – King Guest Room

October 13, 2014

The TPG team recently met in New York for strategy meetings and checked into a variety of hotels across the city. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne stayed at the Sheraton Tribeca New York, and this is her review of the property. Stay tuned for more New York City hotel reviews. When I checked into the Sheraton Tribeca New York last month, it had […]

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