5 of the Best-Value Points Hotels in New York

In the latest installment of our “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize hotel redemptions in New York City using points and miles.  Hotels in New York City are such an integral part of the city’s culture that they frequently serve as the backdrop for films, televisions shows and books. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then,…

French Air Traffic Controllers Striking Again Starting Tonight

Although there hasn’t been a strike of US Air Traffic Controllers since 1981 — when 11,345 controllers were fired for refusing to return to work — today will mark the 43rd strike day since 2009 for French Air Traffic Controllers. The strike is scheduled from 7pm Central Europe Time Wednesday until at least 6am CET Friday. There is very little published about which…

Up to 115,000 Bonus Miles When You Purchase American Airlines Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining reward programs. You can also purchase miles directly from an airline. In the wake…

Citi Forward Devaluation Coming This June

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier The Citi Forward card, which can no longer be obtained, is pretty unique compared to other rewards card options. For starters, it awards 5 Citi ThankYou points per dollar spent on restaurants, music, movies and books — and…

6 Top Tools for Finding Cheap Flights

TPG Contributor JT Genter has recently been paying between 2.6-3.8 cents per mile for AA flights, which has made him quite the expert on finding flight deals. Here are his tips for how to find cheap flights on your own. This year, I’ll be re-earning American Airlines Platinum status — valued at $2,840 — while spending just $1,749…

The Ins and Outs of American Airlines 500-Mile Upgrades

If you’re an American Airlines Gold or Platinum member, you can get a free upgrade to first class on domestic and select international flights by using “500-mile upgrades.” TPG Contributor JT Genter walks you through earning, purchasing and — most importantly — using these upgrades. Whether you realized it or not, one part of your AAdvantage…

Review: British Airways 747-400 Club World Business Class — Dallas to London

TPG’s resident economy reviewer JT Genter recently took to the skies in long-haul business class for the first time. Here’s his review of the upstairs Club World business-class cabin on British Airways’ 747. (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) Although I’ve flown 19 long-haul flights on nine different airlines in economy over the past decade —…

Save Up to 10% When You Book Directly with Hilton

Last year, Hilton began testing a program to give Hilton HHonors members a discount when booking stays directly through the hotel chain rather than using a third-party service like Priceline or a travel agent. While the discounted rates were originally only available in a handful of cities, the program has since expanded to include more than 4,500 properties worldwide. The…

Up to 42.5% Bonus & 10% Off When You Purchase AAdvantage Miles

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to boost your account balance. Fortunately, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying, whether through top credit card offers or…