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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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Deal Alert: $44 American Airlines Flights from Chicago

December 16, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, American Airlines is running a fare sale with flights from Chicago to Orlando or Tampa starting at just $44 each way for travel in January and February. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $44, be sure to book sooner than later because typically, these fare sales usually […]

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How to Maximize Rewards and Discounts for Dining

December 15, 2014

There’s more than one way to earn travel rewards, and in some cases, there are many ways to earn all at once. Today TPG Senior Points & Mile Correspondent Jason Steele discusses strategies for leaving your next meal out with more than leftovers. Dining out is both a travel expense and a regular living expense for most people, so it’s perfect […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So […]

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10 New Things to See in New York This Winter

December 13, 2014

Heading to NYC this winter? New York-based TPG contributor Adee Braun gives us some highlights for how to enjoy the city during the chilly months ahead. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another boots and shovels kind of winter for NYC. But cold temperatures and mud-colored snow has never stopped New Yorkers from having a good time. Winter in New […]

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12 Christmas Getaways For Every Type of Traveler

December 11, 2014

No plans yet for Christmas? Well, there’s no need to pout, because TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of holiday getaways that will get you packing. Whether you’re looking for romance, adventure, trips suited to friends or family, a chilled-out vacation or a non-stop party, you’ll find your ideal Christmas destination here.  Travelers in Search of […]

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10 Dazzling Cities for Festive Holiday Lights

December 10, 2014

What’s more delightful during the holiday season than glittering light displays? TPG contributor Michele Herrmann set out to uncover which cities truly sparkle this time of year – and here’s what she discovered. New York City Head to Rockefeller Center and take in the splendor of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. A holiday tradition for over seven decades, this towering […]

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What To Do with Small Points and Miles Balances

December 10, 2014

Travel rewards enthusiasts tend to focus on the big aspirational awards like first-class flights and top-tier hotels. However, maximizing your points and miles is sometimes a matter of getting what you can out of not very much. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen lays out some strategies for doing just that. The points and miles game […]

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Discounted United Award Redemptions in North America

December 9, 2014

Earlier this week, United was pricing certain partner awards at a discount, and now it appears that the airline is offering a 20% discount on economy awards to certain destinations within North America just in time for a winter beach getaway or ski season at some of the US’s best resort areas. Here is a […]

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Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via

December 8, 2014

I’ve written previously about online travel agency and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Brazil for $474 Roundtrip

December 8, 2014

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some great fares from both New York and Miami to Iguassu Falls, Brazil (IGU) this winter starting at only $474 round-trip on both LAN and TAM. Finding Airfares Using the ITA Matrix One of the most useful tools for searching airfares quickly is the ITA Matrix. Check out this post […]

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16 Top Pie Shops For The Holiday Season

December 5, 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 December, we’re getting into the holiday spirit for the ultimate in crave-worty desserts, and we’re talking best pies from coast to coast. Read on for our team’s roundup of the best pies across […]

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How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

December 4, 2014

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are […]

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7 Airline Award Chart Improvements and Promotions for 2015

December 3, 2014

If the past year has taught award travelers anything, it’s that points and miles don’t make very good long-term investments. Still, as some loyalty currencies falter, others become more valuable. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses some positive changes you can look forward to in the coming year. Hardly a week goes by […]

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Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

December 2, 2014

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel […]

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Miami’s Hottest Hotel Openings in Time For Art Basel

December 2, 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach is set for December 4-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center marking the official start of Miami’s “season.” With that comes a host of parties, satellite fairs and, this year, highly anticipated hotel openings. Read on for Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz’s scoop on the hottest new hotels on the beach–and what’s happening at them […]

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Deal Alert: Flights to Maui for Only $257 Roundtrip

December 1, 2014

As part of Alaska Airline’s Cyber Monday sale, they are offering some super cheap fares to Hawaii this spring, including from Oakland to Maui, Hawaii for only $128 each way which comes out to $257.60 roundtrip. Other cheap flights include San Diego to Honolulu, San Jose to Kaua’i, and Seattle to Hawaii. You can take […]

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10 Unbelievable Attractions You Must Do Aboard Quantum of the Seas

November 29, 2014

TPG Contributor and Caribbean Expert Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon of Jet Set Sarah was aboard the brand new Quantum of the Seas cruise ship for its inaugural eight-night voyage across the Atlantic from England to Cape Liberty, New Jersey. The ship–the world’s third largest–set sail on its first itinerary at the end of November. Here’s Sarah’s account of what you […]

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How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

November 28, 2014

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption […]

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Holiday Shopping Portal Deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

November 28, 2014

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the years, and while you can get some amazing hotel offers, in-store deals and other discounts, it’s also a perfect opportunity to maximize points and miles earning for shopping via online portals. What are Shopping Portals? Shopping portals act as middlemen, inviting customers to shop at specific retailers […]

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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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