10 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling — especially with the TSA having the number of issues that we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Passengers have reported outlandish security checkpoint wait times, airlines (specifically American and United) have had to call in millions of dollars’ worth of reinforcements to help…

Earn 1,000 Free United Miles for Trying a Personal Finance App

In addition to flying, one of the easiest ways to earn frequent flyer miles is through signing up for promotions that reward you with additional miles. For example, United Airlines’ dining rewards program is currently targeting MileagePlus members with up to 5,000 miles if they’re a new MileagePlus Dining member who signs up for the program. And now, you can…

TSA PreCheck Expands to Four New Airlines

As you’ve probably heard by now, TSA security checkpoint wait times have been incredibly long in recent weeks — sometimes resulting in waits of two hours or more. It’s even gotten so bad that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has threatened to get rid of the TSA in New York-area airports, replacing…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 Delta Miles

While Delta SkyMiles are sometimes not-so-lovingly referred to as Sky Pesos, you can still get plenty of value from these rewards with a little savvy and planning. To help show you how, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr demonstrates various ways to earn and then use 100,000 SkyMiles. There hasn’t been a lot of…

10 Things to Do When You Get Amex Platinum

A couple of days ago, the internet — and, more specifically, points and miles hobbyists — were shocked to see an offer for the Amex Platinum of 100,000 points after $3,000 in spend in the first three months. The normal sign-up bonus for the card is 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first…

Review: SriLankan A330-200 Economy — Colombo to Malé

SriLankan Airlines is a popular choice for travelers to the Maldives given the fact that it operates several flights a day on the 90-minute route from Colombo to Malé. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently tested out the carrier’s economy product. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). After a…

Insider Series: Carrie’s 5 Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights

Having logged more than 325,000 miles last year — and 85% of the time on long-haul flights — few people know more about what it takes to survive a long flight. Here, TPG Insider Carrie A. Trey shares some of her best tips and tricks so you can come off the plane looking fresh as a daisy. Long-haul travel can be really fun…

Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards Points with this Amex Platinum Offer

Update: We’ve been informed by Amex that this is a targeted offer. It may no longer be possible to sign up unless you’ve been selected to receive this particular offer. Via a Reddit thread, American Express is currently offering 100,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months with the Amex Platinum card….

Save 25% When You Redeem Amex Points for Gift Cards

Update: This is a targeted offer. Log in to your Membership Rewards account to see if you’re eligible for the offer. American Express Membership Rewards points are fairly easy to earn, since you can rack them up quickly with cards like the Amex Platinum, Premier Rewards Gold and EveryDay Preferred — if you own a small…

A Reminder to Never Put Your Valuables in the Overhead Bin

When flying, it’s easy to put your bag up in the overhead bin and forget about it entirely until you’re ready to deplane. But it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your goods at all times — especially items that are especially valuable. Whenever possible, it’s always ideal to put your valuables under the seat in front…