Giving Tuesday: Donate Points & Miles To Those in Need

We often get emails at TPG asking about using points and miles for things other than travel. If you don’t plan on using your points for flights or hotels, donating them is a great way to pay it forward. To help you narrow down some options, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino has mapped out some information…

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses That You Can Redeem for Paid Airfare

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Award redemptions usually give you the most bang for your buck, but there are many programs that allow you to use your miles and points haul for paid airfares. Today TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett looks at the credit…

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…

Giving Tuesday: How to Help Children Around The World

Traveling to far-off lands and exotic countries is incredible, but seeing an impoverished child selling souvenirs or begging for money can really tug on you heartstrings. Here, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers some charity organizations and ways to help make a difference in kids’ lives around the world. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified). Research Charity Options Ahead…

$100 Bonus for Some Card Applications in U.S. Bank Branches

U.S. Bank recently launched a promotion offering a bonus for new card approvals when you apply in branch. Through early December, you’ll receive a $100 statement credit when you’re approved for a qualifying consumer credit card and spend or transfer a balance of at least $1,000 in the first 30 days. Best of all, that $100 is offered…

5 of the Quirkiest Hotel Bars in America

Hotel bars have reputations for being pretty predictable, but if you’re forever seeking an unusual place where you can throw back anything from a top-shelf martini to a kitschy umbrella drink, there’s libation salvation, after all. In her third installment on hotel bars (from way up high to back in time), TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin has uncovered a handful of…

Responsible Ways To Meet Elephants in Southeast Asia

For animal lovers, the promise of interactions with elephants is a big draw in Southeast Asia — but it’s important to make sure these pachyderm encounters happen in a socially responsible way. For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” our series highlighting travel-themed charitable giving, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino provides some background on problems facing Asian elephants and shares…

Drink in History at 5 Classic US Hotel Bars

Hotels do their best to make guests feel right at home, but it’s their bars that often inspire us to feel far away — or even transported to another era. Following her picks for great US hotel rooftop bars, TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin takes a look at five historic American hotel bars that are worth a peek … or rather, a sip. The…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories – Grocery Stores

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards — and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles at the grocery store with credit card bonuses and more. The average American household will spend between $150-300 each week…

Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

it’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so i thought i’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. there are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post i’ll…