How to Take Full Advantage of Credit Card Benefits in 2016

With 2016 now well underway, award-travel enthusiasts are looking forward to a new year of travel — and, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, the right credit card will be crucial to earning rewards, benefits and even elite status. In today’s post, I’ll take a look at the wide array of…

Last Chance to Book Short-Haul Flights for 4,500 Avios

As announced back in October, British Airways will soon remove the 4,500-Avios option for one-way nonstop flights less than 650 miles on partner flights “originating or terminating” in the US. However, there’s still time to take advantage of this sweet spot on the British Airways award chart before it goes away; you can make bookings using the current award chart through February 2. Wondering which…

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…

10 Photos: Discovering Bangkok, Thailand

Our “10 Photos” essays include tips on exploring destinations, redeeming for hotels, flights and more — and here, TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin takes us on a tour of Thailand’s bustling capital, Bangkok. You can see more of her travel images on Instagram and Twitter. (All photos by the author.) On my first trip to Bangkok, I hoped to find delicious food, stay…

Amex is Adding Services to Centurion Lounges for the Holidays

Amex cardholders have another reason to visit Centurion Lounges this week. Starting today, American Express will be offering additional services in advance of the holiday season with special experiences and gifts in Centurion Lounges. Amex will kick off the week at the Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas — including a performance by actor Joel McHale. Other promo services/activities at Centurion Lounges include: Vosges…

Three European Cities (Almost Entirely) on Points and Miles

Last month, TPG Contributor Adam Erace burned a mix of miles, bonus nights and other loyalty-program and credit-card benefits for a three-city, three-country holiday in London, Istanbul and Paris — the latter, unfortunately, during the recent terror attacks. Here’s how Erace planned a luxurious European vacation with minimal cash outlay — and managed to get home amidst a city-wide emergency. Since I discovered this website two…

10 Essential Apps to Help You Survive Holiday Travel

The holidays are almost upon us, and while it’s wonderful to spend these special moments with friends and family, traveling on these peak dates can often be a nightmare of delays, crowds, lines and bad moods. In order to help you stay sane out there, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino pulled together a list of some…

Maximizing the American Express Concierge

Premium credit cards may come along with high annual fees, but if you can take advantage of everything a program offers, you can often get far more in value than the amount you’ll pay each year. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr digs into a key feature of perhaps the best-known premium card: Amex Platinum.  Holders of The…

Credit Card Perks to Use By The End of 2015

Fall is in the air, and the holiday season is fast approaching. For travel rewards enthusiasts, this means it’s time to consider which credit card benefits they need to use or secure before they expire on December 31. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through, card by card, below. There are…

10 Destination Spas That Take You Away From It All

Never one to shy away from a good spa treatment, TPG Contributor David Hoffmann of the travel blog David’s Been Here shares some of his favorite spa experiences around the world, from beaches to cities to the heart of the Arabian desert.  Timeless Spa at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa — Dubai, UAE Being stranded…