An Elaborate Travel Scam, Capital One Venture Rewards Perks, Chase’s 5/24 Rule Expansion and More

Nov 24, 2018

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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you might have missed from the week before. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you might have missed on TPG this week.

How to Avoid the Most Elaborate Travel Scam I’ve Ever Seen

TPG Backpacker Brian Biros found himself in a sticky situation on his latest trip to Fez. He tells how to avoid similar scams.

6 Reasons to Get the Capital One Venture Rewards Card

These perks may make you consider applying.

The pool and surrounding gym at Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel (Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo)

Chase’s 5/24 Rule Has Expanded to the World of Hyatt Card and Other Co-Brands

One of the most unfortunate rules for any maximizer is being expanded.

Tips for Seeing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

If you missed it this year, you may want to plan ahead for next year with these Mommy Points tips.

Image by Rod Dermo /

Airline Asks Passengers for Cash to Pay Repair Bill so Plane Can Depart

Spare change for a decent departure time?

Martha Stewart Feels the Same Way About Uber as You Do

She tweeted about her first Uber experience and most of us can relate.

The Christmas market at Old Town Square, Prague. (Photo via Shutterstock)

The Best Time to Visit Europe? Right Now

Strong US dollar, flight deals, award tickets, oh my!

(Photo by Mariana Medvedeva via Unsplash)

TPG Staff Picks: What We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

From the reasonable Amex Platinum Authorized User fees to raising $1 million dollars for charity, here’s what Team TPG is thankful for.

American Airlines Boeing 737-800 with the updated flight symbol seen in the current livery.

The Critical Points: Use These Great Avenues to Domestic Award Travel

You can’t forget about those handy transfer partners!

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