World’s Best Food and Wine Festivals — July-November 2015

Food and wine festivals are a staple of the summer event calendar — and beyond. Showcasing the best culinary offerings of a city or region, these foodie fests allow travelers to sample from top area chefs, restaurants, wineries and breweries, all in one place. Prepare to get hungry as TPG Contributor Katie Hammel breaks down the…

Dynamic Currency Conversion and Why You Should Avoid It

A great way to maximize your travel is to minimize your costs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can avoid spending money you don’t intend to while traveling abroad. When you travel, there are many ways to be ripped off. You might find an unscrupulous tour operator or an unlicensed taxi (like the one I encountered in…

Travel Light — Or Pay a Heavy Price

Every travel site will tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bimonthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless otherwise noted.) I used to…

Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

It’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so I thought I’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. There are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post I’ll…

5 Steps to Take Before Canceling a Credit Card

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his strategies for making sure you get the most out your travel rewards credit cards when you decide they’re no longer needed. Credit cards can unlock a world of travel thanks to sign-up bonuses, category bonuses and an array of other benefits. However, as with many other…

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Maximizing Purchases and Redeeming Awards at Disney Resorts

Disney World is known for many things, and being inexpensive isn’t one of them. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the best ways to use points and miles toward a Disney vacation, and ways to maximize purchases while you’re there. For Disney fans, there’s no resisting the lure of…

Ten Commandments for Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Loyalty programs come with enough rules to put Parker Brothers and Hasbro to shame. However, learning to abide by the unwritten rules is equally important. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the gospel of travel rewards credit cards to guide you along the righteous path to award travel. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes,” and the points and miles…

7 Sunny Spring Break Destinations for Families

The best award travel deals for Spring Break are usually booked far in advance, but many families simply aren’t able to be that organized. Fortunately, TPG Senior Contributor Jason Steele can suggest some great Spring Break destinations for families that can still be booked with points and miles—even now. Finding Spring Break (late March through early April) award availability for an entire family…

Travel Rewards Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Annual fees for travel rewards cards generally correspond to the benefits they offer, with the more lucrative cards carrying a higher premium. However, if you’re just getting into award travel and want to minimize expenses up front, there are plenty of worthwhile cards that carry no annual fee. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the top options….