How to Book Singapore Airlines First Class Awards

As I took off on my whirlwind trip to Seoul and China, I got to experience one of the most sought-after experiences in the skies: Singapore Airlines first class. You’ll find out more about how I booked it and the experience itself in a later post, but for now I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a…

Starwood Launches Tribute Portfolio

Today Starwood Hotels & Resorts introduces the Tribute Portfolio, its 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. A complement to Starwood’s five-star-focused The Luxury Collection, the Tribute Portfolio will initially focus on four-star properties in the U.S., eventually expanding to Europe and beyond. To celebrate the launch of Tribute Portfolio, SPG is offering members up to 10,000 bonus points for stays at the…

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

How the TPG Maximizer Can Make You a Travel Rewards Pro

I started TPG to help people make their travel dreams a reality. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a tool designed to make my help more readily available. I used to think that fixed value or cash back credit cards were the only ones worth having (and if you’ve seen Jennifer Garner’s incredibly misleading Capital…

Redeeming Starwood Preferred Guest Points for Maximum Value

I value Starpoints at 2.4 cents apiece, and I can get even more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. TPG’s most recent monthly valuations list Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints…

My Decision on which Credit Cards to Keep vs. Cancel

Each year I like to take inventory of my credit card portfolio by weighing the benefits of each card and weeding out the ones that aren’t providing enough value. There’s no shortage of new sign-up bonuses to earn, like the recently extended offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or the big targeted offers for the Amex…

How to Book Awards with American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your…

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Redeeming Hotel Points

One of the keys to a good award travel strategy is avoiding errors that can cost you time, money, and points. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes.” This pervades many aspects of life, but it’s especially applicable to using your hotel points. Even the most seasoned award…