Virgin America Announces Daily Flight from LAX to Hawaii

Last year, there was some speculation that Virgin America was considering flying to Hawaii — just a few months later it was formally announced and the carrier launched nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). In December, Virgin America also launched a route from San Francisco (SFO) to Maui (OGG), and kicked off the service by offering discounted fares on flights…

Does the Citi Prestige Concierge Offer Good Hotel Rates?

TPG reader AJ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotels: “Does the Citi Prestige Concierge offer good rates on hotel rooms? How do prices compare to direct bookings?” Perhaps the most lucrative travel rewards credit card perk out there is the 4th Night Free benefit on the Citi Prestige Card. As the name implies, you can get a free…

8 Credit Card Perks You Can Reuse in 2016

Not all credit card benefits reset each cardmember anniversary; several of them are tied to the calendar year. With 2016 now underway, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen discusses some great perks that you can use once again — from airline fee credits to mileage rebates and category bonuses. When the calendar flips…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Credit Card for Large Purchases

If you’re planning to purchase an expensive item in 2016 or beyond, make sure you choose a good credit card to pay for it. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, the best options include purchase protection, extended warranties and more — and they earn you valuable points or miles for your…

Can I Stack 10% AAdvantage Rebates from Citi and Barclays?

TPG reader Danielle sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage credit card benefits: “The Citi AAdvantage card and Barclaycard Aviator each offer a 10% rebate on redeemed miles. If I have both cards, can I get a 20% rebate?” There’s a lot of overlap in benefits on popular travel rewards credit cards. For example, both the Citi…

Should I Get the American Express Centurion Card?

TPG reader Ee Chien tweeted at me to ask about a targeted sign-up bonus offer from Amex: “I got an offer from Amex for 180,000 points after spending $20,000 in 6 months on the Centurion card. There’s a $4,000 sign-up fee and $4,000 annual fee. Should I get it?” The Amex Centurion Card is considered by some to…

Amex Platinum or Premier Rewards Gold: Which is Best for You?

American Express has some great premium credit card options, including Amex Platinum and Premier Rewards Gold. If you’re unsure which is worth a spot in your wallet, keep reading for TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen’s step-by-step breakdown of each card’s advantages. When it comes to credit cards, you have a wide variety…

10 Photos: Gaudí Architecture, Beaches and Sangria in Barcelona

In his travel photo essays, TPG Contributor (and professional photographer) Patrick T. Fallon includes tips on exploring destinations, redeeming miles, gaining elite status and improving your own photography while traveling. Between TPG posts, follow his photo work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) With the need to earn a few more Elite Qualifying…