A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Discounted Delta Awards Starting at 5,000 SkyMiles Each Way

Now through August 6, 2015, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale, offering discounted SkyMiles redemptions starting at just 5,000 SkyMiles each way for select routes within the United States. This sale is valid for travel for select dates between August 6 and December 16, 2015. Here are some sample routes I was able to find for 5,000 miles each-way: Cincinnati to…

American Express to Open Centurion Lounge in Houston

American Express has just announced that they’ll be opening a new Centurion Lounge at Terminal D of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in the first half of 2016. Slated to be 8,500 square feet, this will be American Express’ seventh Centurion Lounge in the US, following those in Dallas (DFW — pictured above), Las Vegas (LAS), LaGuardia (LGA), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA), and the new Studio…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

Do Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Get Free TSA PreCheck?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask about TSA PreCheck: @thepointsguy – “Do Delta Reserve Amex holders get free TSA PreCheck? I’ve been selected twice and I never signed up.” Happy Sunday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from steamy Madrid. It’s over 100 degrees here, but I won’t let the heat stop me from enjoying one of…

Carlson and AAdvantage Bonuses, Summer Travel Cards and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Launches Online Booking Bonus Club Carlson is giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 Gold Points per night for reservations made through the Club Carlson website, mobile app or any Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group website at the more than…

A Week in the Admirals Club — Reagan Washington National Airport

It’s the final day of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour with the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. He’s making a trip to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and capping off the week with an afternoon in New York LaGuardia’s Centurion Lounge for comparison.  You can find his other reports in this series from Chicago-O’Hare, New York-LaGuardia,…