The 6 Best Cash-Back Cards for 2016

Whether you’re new to the points and miles hobby or simply prefer money in your wallet to accruing travel rewards, cash-back credit cards can offer a great return on your spending. Read on as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen discusses six of the best options to consider applying for this year. Earning…

5 Must-Visit Wineries Between Sydney and Melbourne

Take advantage of the strong US dollar and start planning your trip to Australia. Here, TPG Special Correspondent John Walton takes us on a delightfully delicious journey from Sydney to Melbourne, stopping at local wineries along the way.  As the third busiest air route in the world, you’ll be one of about eight million passengers flying between…

Earn Up to 20 TrueBlue Points Per Dollar With ScoreBig

Late last year, ticket broker ScoreBig and Southwest Airlines ran a promotion offering customers 2,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points and up to 22 points per dollar for purchasing tickets through the service. This week, the brand launched a new partnership with JetBlue that offers bonus TrueBlue points if you’re enrolled in both programs. In addition to the points…

Airfares Have Dropped 15% or More Since January 2015

Recent data from Hopper and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reflects news that’s surely music to travelers’ ears: The drop in oil prices has caused a sharp decrease in airfare. The airfare modeling and forecasting site Hopper recently reported that the average airfare for January 2016 was 2.53% lower than December, and a staggering…

Costco’s Switch from Amex to Visa Delayed Until Summer 2016

Last year, Costco announced it was cutting ties with American Express and signing an exclusive agreement with Citi to provide co-branded Visa credit cards for customers beginning April 1, 2016. Now that roll out has been pushed back until “early summer” because the transition has taken longer than expected. Costco announced it was cutting its 16-year…

Deal Alert: New York to Costa Rica from $281 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

AA Targets AAdvantage Members With Free Platinum Status

What’s better than earning status? Getting it for free. It appears that American Airlines is giving out complimentary Platinum status to select AAdvantage members for a few months in 2016. A TPG reader recently shared an email he received, which indicates he’ll have all the benefits of Platinum status through May 31, 2016, and he’ll even…

3 Weeks in France on a College Budget — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

What is United Airlines Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re spending the time and money to earn elite status with an airline, you need to be getting some solid value in return. In the latest post in his series evaluating elite status levels with the major carriers, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the United MileagePlus program…