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Deal Alert: $41 US Airways Flights Las Vegas- Philadelphia

November 26, 2014

While most of you are probably traveling today for Thanksgiving, US Airways is running a fare sale with flights starting at $41 between Las Vegas and Philadelphia for select dates in January and February. These flights are bookable on the US Airways site, though my favorite way to search for these is using the ita […]

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Credit Card Strategies for Holiday Shopping

November 26, 2014

The holiday shopping season offers not only doorbuster discounts and seasonal specials, but also plenty of opportunities to maximize travel rewards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips to help you get the most out of your holiday spending. As travel rewards enthusiasts, our perspectives on holiday shopping differ from those of most shoppers. We’re interested not just in savings, but […]

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8 Hot Shopping Destinations in the World’s Most Fashionable Cities

November 25, 2014

Heading to a fashion capital and don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping? Nice-based TPG contributor Lane Nieset spotlights some of the best places to shop in the world’s most fashionable cities, from classic streets to new neighborhoods begging to be explored. Whether it’s holiday shopping or shopping any time of year, don’t […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for November 24-February 28

November 25, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for November 24- February 28, 2015. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, EVEN Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few […]

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Thanksgiving Dining Out Guide

November 25, 2014

Do you fantasize about a Thanksgiving feast without the cooking and cleaning? How about dining in a beautiful restaurant with a chef and waitstaff who’ve planned out every last detail? TPG Contributor Liana Lozada has searched far and wide to compile our nationwide Thanksgiving Day dining guide. Make your reservations now. Chicago Deca Deca’s Thanksgiving brunch buffet will don […]

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12 Ways To Survive Thanksgiving Travel

November 24, 2014

It’s that time of year again — the holiday travel season is about to begin. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterwards are known to be some of the most hectic travel days of the year. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers some tips and advice for those traveling over Thanksgiving hoping to have a […]

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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Earn 4,000 United MileagePlus Miles with Softcard

November 19, 2014

Through February 28, 2015, you can earn up to 4,000 United miles when you connect a Chase United MileagePlus card to the Softcard contactless payment app for Android and Windows phones, and make purchases via the app with the linked card. You’ll earn 2,500 United MileagePlus miles for connecting a United card and making your first Softcard purchase; then earn an additional 500 miles for each month (through February […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Chase Freedom Increased 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

November 18, 2014

I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however for a limited-time they are offering a $200 (20,000 points) sign-up bonus. […]

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6 Top Airports for International Layovers

November 18, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers up some international airports around the world with world-class features and amenities (and a quick excursion to the city center, time permitting) so you can maximize your layover. For layovers in in North America, check out our recent post […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Increases Minimum Spending Requirement

November 17, 2014

When it comes to credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has been one of my go-to travel cards for years. The rewards are pretty generous, as you earn two Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on all travel and dining. The travel category includes everything from airfare to subways, and even tolls and parking. There are also 11 amazing travel partners […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Andalucía 3 Ways: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

November 14, 2014

Andalucía… a truly authentic taste of España. A mixture of Moorish, Spanish, and gypsy cultures all in one, this Spanish region is filled with passionate locals, stomps of flamenco and warm sunshine. Madrid-based TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino provides a guide to three Andalucian gems, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba for our Destination of the Week series. Andalucía boasts over 300 days […]

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5 Destinations for Digital Nomads & Online Entrepreneurs

November 12, 2014

The best risk I ever took was quitting my job on Wall Street to focus on The Points Guy full time. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to travel for a living and help others get the most out of their travels. If you’ve ever wanted to take a similar risk, this post is for you. TPG […]

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30% Bonus for Buying Hyatt Gold Passport Points

November 10, 2014

Now through December 10, 2014, Hyatt Gold Passport is running a promotion offering up to a 30% bonus on purchased points. While a 30% bonus is pretty standard for Hyatt buy-points promos, the current offer is better than past promotions, since the bonus isn’t tiered based on how many points you purchase. You can score the 30% bonus when buying as few […]

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9 Ways To Do Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum

November 7, 2014

Stretching from Puerto Morelos to Tulum, Riviera Maya is a 100-mile sweep of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline, holding more mystique than just its beaches. For Destination of the Week, TPG contributor Lane Nieset takes us on an exploration of the many diverse treasures the area has to offer travelers—from island excursions to cave diving to Mayan ruins and […]

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18 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants from Coast to Coast

November 7, 2014

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative 3x points on dining offer on the first Friday of the month, we’re rounding up the best in dining. For November, comfort food is on the brain as we gear up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. And what’s more comforting than down home Southern comfort and fried chicken? Read on […]

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10 Best Restaurants in New York for Broadway Dining

November 6, 2014

One of my favorite New York City pastimes is dinner and a Broadway show. I’ve asked New York City-based contributor Michele Herrmann to dig up the best spots to eat and drink. The next time you go to a show, consider checking out one of these restaurants. In New York, catching a Broadway show and grabbing a […]

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8 Chicago Restaurant Hot Spots For Every Occasion

November 5, 2014

You can’t beat classic Chicago staples like Giordano’s or Gino’s East, but these days the city is becoming known for more than its deep-dish pizza and hot dogs when it comes to cuisine. Neighborhoods around town are one-upping the other with new additions on the food and drink scene spanning all sorts of menus, from Midwestern spins on European […]

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Deal Alert: $29 Fares on Frontier Airlines

November 4, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having an election day sale today with flights starting at $29 from several cities that they fly from including Denver, Omaha, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington-Dulles, and Trenton, NJ for select dates this November and December. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $29, be sure to book sooner than […]

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When to Book Your Christmas and New Year’s Eve Travel

November 4, 2014

Let’s face it, you probably still have a jack-o-lantern sitting on your doorstep and your Thanksgiving Day plans are still up in the air, but the busy winter holiday season will still be here before you know it. Travel booking site Kayak.com has plowed through a snowstorm of data to find the best times to book your trips for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so if you […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Hotels in Vancouver, British Columbia

November 3, 2014

Tourism Vancouver’s hotel booking site, beVancouver, is currently offering some great deals on cheap Vancouver hotels stays when you book by November 16, 2014 and check-in before or on February 28, 2015. Book a stay at one of beVancouver’s participating properties, and upon check-in you’ll receive an American Express pre-paid gift card worth between $50- $125 […]

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How To Apply & Get Approved For Global Entry

November 3, 2014

Last week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne was approved for Global Entry, an expedited airport security status overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here is the process she went through get her coveted Known Traveler Number–and how you can do it too.  Global Entry, the U.S. government’s expedited immigration program for pre-approved, low-risk frequent international travelers, costs […]

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