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…

Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

As I’ve discussed in the past, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a…

5 Ways to Save on a Disney World Vacation

A family trip to Disney World isn’t cheap. Rising hotel rates, hefty food prices, overpriced souvenirs and now talk of rising theme park ticket prices can easily turn the happiest place on earth into a grumpy money trap. Luckily, with some smart planning and flexibility, a Disney World vacation could be within reach — TPG Contributor…

Baseball Binge — 30 Teams in 20 Days on Points and Miles

Love baseball as much as you love a good redemption award? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten does too. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of baseball for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) Even if you’ve only…

Virgin America Partners with ScoreBig for Entertainment Awards

Virgin America just announced a partnership with live-event ticket marketplace ScoreBig. By doing so, the airline is following in the footsteps of many rewards programs that have begun focusing on experiences and entertainment, including Brian’s favorite, SPG Moments. This new partnership allows Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program members to earn up to 10 points per…

Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015. Here’s how it works: Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling. You’ll…

Is the Citi ThankYou Travel Center Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Citi ThankYou Travel Center to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Over the last month I’ve been analyzing the online travel agencies of different rewards programs to find out whether they offer better value than sites like Kayak and Orbitz, or the airlines’ own websites. Thus far,…

Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points for Maximum Value

Citi ThankYou Rewards has improved greatly over the last year, and as a result, interest in the program has increased. I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their ThankYou points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Citi ThankYou points are…

How the Apple Watch Can Earn You Extra Points and Miles

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how you can maximize purchases of the new Apple Watch. Beginning this Friday, you can make an appointment at your local Apple store to try on an Apple Watch and pre-order your very own. This new Apple Watch will come in 3 different styles (Sport, Watch, and Edition),…