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Talking Points

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Nomadic Matt is an American travel expert, author, founder of TravelCon, and blogger. In 2008, Kepnes started NomadicMatt.com to archive his stories and monetize his traveling. The blog offers practical travel tips — from how to score cheap fli
Airplane food is often unpalatable or even inedible, but anyone who has flown with Singapore Airlines knows there can be haute cuisine at 35,000 feet! SIA's culinary mastermind, Antony McNeil, is the director of food and beverage at the airline
As a journalist and author of several New York Times bestsellers, finance expert Nicole Lapin is determined to help millennials learn the language of money. On this week's Talking Points, Lapin discusses how to take practical steps to manage yo
This week, Talking Points shines the spotlight on one of the biggest things coming out of TPG in 2020 - something will undoubtedly help anyone who needs help with their travel strategy. Senior product manager Drew Macomber chats with Brian Kell
If you’re in the midst of planning your vacation, a few getaways, biz trips and hotel stays for the upcoming year, you’re going to want to listen to this episode. A few of our in-house experts are here to debate four major hotel chains — Hyatt,
On this episode, experts share what you need to know right now about traveling during the coronavirus outbreak. First, Dr. Hanh Le, the head of Healthline Media Medical Affairs, discusses the origins and concerns around the rapid and global spr
Michael Liersch is the global head of wealth planning and advice at J.P. Morgan. He stresses the importance of being transparent about money matters with your family, partner, or friends and how to prevent financial regrets from holding you bac
TPG's Richard Kerr shares what you can find in our TPG Small Biz Facebook lounge, talks about the pros and cons of business credit cards and offers valuable tips any small business owner can put to use. PS: If you're collecting revenue from a s
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee is no stranger to turning anger into activism. She joins the show to discuss how war and destruction during her teenage years fueled her women's movement, which eventually helped end Liberia's 14-year ci
Today, we're chatting with the president of the American Airlines AAdvantage program, Bridget Blaise-Shamai, a roughly 25-year AA veteran. We discuss topics on every frequent flyer's mind, including dynamic award charts, upgrades and attaining
The Roaring ‘20s are here! 2020 is about to be the best one yet, and to celebrate, we have another special “Talking Points” episode for you. Whether you think resolutions are bogus or need some inspiration to set your travel goals up for succes
Happy Holidays from Talking Points! We have a special episode for you today. At TPG, we are proud to support so many incredible organizations and provide you with tools to help you reach your travel goals. So on today's holiday episode, we are
Meredith Verdone, Bank of America's chief marketing officer, has been with the bank for more than 20 years. In this episode, she's joined by travel expert Lee Abbamonte to share how she conveys what BofA stands for to its 66 million customers a
TPG U.K.'s director of content, Nicky Kelvin, explains how U.S. travelers can make the most out of British Airways' Executive Club program — which was named the Best International Airline Loyalty Program at the 2019 TPG Awards. You'll learn how
Continuing with Cruise Week on Talking Points, hop aboard and sail more of the high seas - this time with Carnival Corporation's President and CEO Arnold Donald. TPG himself and Donald discuss Carnival's 9 cruise line brands. Riding a roller co
Norwegian Cruise Line's CEO explains why a cruise vacation can work for any kind of traveler — even solo travelers — how Norwegian drives loyalty and their plans to eliminate the use of 6 million plastic bottles on board per year. Tune in and y
We're back with our second Hotline Bling episode. This time, we're answering a few of the points-and-miles questions we get all the time, like when to downgrade or upgrade a Chase Sapphire card, the best use of Capital One miles and how to get
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of your inflight entertainment? Think it should go away completely or wish the airlines would figure out how to let you connect your Bluetooth headphones? Babar Rahman, Qatar Airways' head of global ma
TPG's Special Projects Editor-at-Large Nick Ewen catches up with Brian Kelly on the heels of our interview with Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram to discuss how to actually get the most out this carrier's loyalty program. You'll learn which pa
Peter Ingram, President & CEO of Hawaiian Airlines joins Talking Points to celebrate the airline’s 90th - yes 90th! - anniversary. The airline started in 1929 as a small island hopper, and is now a global carrier. Brian and Peter go into detail
On this round-table episode of Talking Points, co-CEO and co-founder Henrique Dubugras and head of Brex partnerships and rewards Thomas Piani explain what sets the Brex corporate card apart; what their latest product, Brex Cash, is; and how the
"Data is a currency, and you've got to get ready for a world where not just Google knows that, but travel brands capitalize on the fact that their information is key to making a better journey." That's from Jeff Katz, one of the most prominent
Talking Points welcomes its first airline alliance guest! The CEO of Star Alliance, Jeffrey Goh, explains how his team is determined to make traveling more seamless than ever. He tells Brian Kelly about the tech and app advancements passengers
The head of one of the most iconic brands in aviation stopped by the TPG office for an episode of Talking Points. Shai Weiss, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic, joined Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, to discuss why the Heathrow expansion is essential to
New Yorkers were introduced to Uber Elevate's latest development last week when Uber Copter rides to JFK airport became available to all riders with the Uber app. This comes just three months after the ride-hailing company began on-demand helic
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