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Hotels — and the ick factor — in the time of coronavirus

Editor’s note: TPG doesn’t currently recommend traveling. However, I made this trip because I wanted to be closer to my family and help my sister take care of our parents as the coronavirus pandemic continues, with no end in sight.  I’m sharing my story not to encourage similar trips, but to provide information for those who must travel. Last week, my 14-year-old and I did a 1,700-mile road trip from Towson, Maryland (a suburb north of Baltimore), to our family home in San Antonio, Texas. We decided to stop overnight in Nashville, where I had booked a deluxe room with two queen beds at the Kimpton Aertson in midtown. (Map courtesy of Google) Related reading: 10 tips for anyone taking a road trip...

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Your guide to invitation-only elite status tiers

Frequent travelers know that having elite status with your preferred airline or hotel chain can go a long way towards making your time on the road more comfortable. From complimentary upgrades and bonus points to waived fees and better customer service, it’s no surprise that these major companies want to make sure their most valuable customers receive the best treatment. In the last few years we’ve seen the three legacy U.S. airlines institute revenue requirements for earning elite status. Now, in addition to flying, you’ll need to spend $15,000 or more to earn top-tier American Airlines Executive Platinum, Delta Platinum Medallion or United Premier 1K. While $15,000 might be a lot for an individual to spend in a year, for...

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