You Don’t Need to Be Joe Jonas or Sophie Turner to Have a Maldives Honeymoon

Written by Jordan Allen @ The Points Guy

There isn’t a millennial soul on earth right now that isn’t dripping with jealousy over Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. Recently wed in Paris, France, the current “it” couple of Game of Thrones and Jonas Brothers notoriety has just returned from their honeymoon at the opulent Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. Aside …

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Hilton Expands Luxury Portfolio, Will Open Seven More Resorts By Year End

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

Today, Hilton announced 2019 as its best year yet for luxury properties, with four of its newest already open and seven more to debut before year end. This follows Hilton’s shift toward high-end hotels, which currently comprise just 65 locations out of its thousands-strong portfolio. This is good news for Hilton loyalists, as the brand …

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Free Upgrades on Delta Are Becoming Even Harder to Come By

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

If you’ve noticed fewer Delta upgrades clearing of late, you’re not alone. As Delta celebrates a record quarter, it’s also rejoicing over a 10% increase in premium product ticket revenue and double-digit percentage increases in loyalty and mileage-related income. In lay terms, that means more people than ever before are paying up for confirmed seats …

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An Amazing Experience at Atelier Crenn

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

So, dining at The French Laundry was the primary goal while we were in NorCal. But, since we were going to be in San Francisco, and reservations were available, why not have an amazing experience at Atelier Crenn too? Booking Much like The French Laundry, you need to make reservations for Atelier Crenn via Tock. […]

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The 10 Upcoming Business Class Products We’re Most Excited For

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

With airlines doing away with first class, it is more crucial than ever to offer competitive business-class products. Most airlines make the majority of their revenue on long-haul flights from premium seats. When an airline offers a subpar business class, even at a lower price, that airline will lose out on valuable premium revenue. So …

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TPG Readers’ Best Alaska Airlines Partner Redemption Success Stories

Written by Kaeli Conforti @ The Points Guy

We recently asked our TPG Lounge audience to share their greatest success stories for partner award redemptions with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan loyalty program. Here’s a look at some of our favorite answers. (Some responses have been lightly edited for style and clarity).  Taking Advantage of Stopovers One of the biggest perks of flying …

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Delta Brings Cocktails, Hot Towels and Better Food to International Economy

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

The long overlooked economy traveler is finally getting some of the hospitality usually reserved for the front of the plane: drinks, hot towels and better food. Beginning this November, coach passengers on many of Delta’s international flights will notice a marked change in the onboard experience — particularly when compared to rival US carriers. Long …

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How to Fly the Real United Polaris to Europe This Summer

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

While United has come a long way since the slow and still-incomplete launch of its new Polaris business class, this top-notch hard product is still only available on a fraction of United’s long-haul fleet. The difference between United’s old and new business class seats is night and day, from a 2-4-2 configuration on some planes …

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When Airbnb Is Better Than a Hotel for Families

Written by Juan Ruiz @ The Points Guy

Love them or loathe them, strict hotel occupancy limits (as in the number of people bookable per room) are a real nuisance for families and groups looking to travel outside of the US. Hotels in Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America are notorious for restricting the number of guests one can include in a hotel booking …

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The Most Aspirational Points Hotels in the World

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

While most people start earning travel rewards with the goal of saving money on vacations they already planned to take, many eventually start to reach for more. Whether it’s first class flights with closing-door suites or $3,000-a-night overwater bungalows, points and miles can help you experience luxury travel beyond your wildest dreams. While some of …

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Flying Cathay Pacific’s 777 First Class — Reader Success Story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader Monjur, who split up his party to make the best of limited award availability: I have read a lot about Cathay Pacific first class and wanted to figure out a way to try it using points. Thanks to TPG, I consider myself seasoned in mileage redemption strategies, …

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Cathay Pacific Adding Mattress Pads and Slippers in Business Class

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Cathay Pacific business class is about to become even more desirable for frequent flyers. Beginning in October, Cathay Pacific business class passengers aboard long-haul flights will receive mattress pads and slippers, the South China Morning Post reports. This is not the first time Cathay Pacific business class passengers were offered mattress pads. In 2017, Cathay …

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The Coolest Airline-Status Swag, and What You Have to Do to Get It

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Airline elite status confers many benefits, like free checked bags, priority boarding, entrance to airport lounges, and a shot at those ever-elusive upgrades. But for flyers who exceed the usual qualification levels or spend an unholy amount of money on tickets — either annually or in lifetime activity — airlines often extend exclusive status levels, …

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Best Ways to Use Hyatt Points at New Luxury Hotels

Written by Jason Steele @ The Points Guy

The last several months have been good to the World of Hyatt program and its members. In December, Hyatt introduced milestone rewards, which offered accelerated upgrade and lounge certificates. And earlier this year, Hyatt introduced award chart changes with nearly the same number of increases as decreases, a rarity in today’s environment of no-notice devaluations …

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New Option and Great Marriott Award Availability in the Maldives

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

If you’ve been dreaming about a vacation to the island paradise of the Maldives and have Marriott points at your disposal, listen up. The brand-new (and not-yet-open) JW Marriott is now bookable for stays starting this fall, and we’re also seeing fantastic award availability at the program’s other locations in the tropical nation. Let’s start …

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