Southwest Rapid Rewards

Now through May 31, 2014, Southwest is offering a 25% bonus when you buy, gift or transfer Rapid Rewards points. Points can be purchased, gifted, or transferred in blocks of 500 with a minimum initial purchase or transfer of 2,000 points and a daily maximum of 60,000 points.

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I was perusing Consumerist this morning and came across an interesting article about a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) study on the airline industry. In an industry comparison, airlines ranked near the bottom at a score of 69/100, just ahead of internet service providers, social… Read More

American's Admirals Club

Earlier this month, I wrote that during the month of April, Citibank is providing complimentary One-Day passes to any domestic Admirals Club lounge or US Airways Club to travelers whose credit cards no longer provide complimentary access (specifically the American Express Platinum Card… Read More

Time for a round of applications? Here are some great current offers.

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in… Read More

Discover It 2nd Quarter 2014 5% Back Category: Home Improvement Stores

April 24, 2014

Though I often talk about the Chase Freedom‘s quarterly rotating 5x bonus categories, let’s not forget that the Discover It card also has quarterly rotating merchant categories where you can earn up to 5% cash back on purchases, and up to 20% cash back by shopping through the ShopDiscover portal. We’re well into April, which […]

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Last Chance For $20 Credit For New Uber Users

April 23, 2014

April 25th marks the last day for new Uber users to earn a $20 free ride credit. This offer was supposed to end in January and was extended until now so we’ll have to hold out hope that it will be extended yet again. This is my referral link, so if you take a ride, I’ll […]

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Ultimate Wish List: Flying Around the World On The Four Seasons Private Jet

April 23, 2014

Thanks to a mention on HotelChatter, I heard about a travel experience that’s so amazing, it might just convince me to reconsider my policy about not accepting industry comps (wink wink): Four Seasons Hotels now has its own 757 jet, and they’re taking guests for rides around the world (or to see the artistic highlights of Europe) – […]

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Up To 25,000 Bonus Points For Delta SkyBonus Business Referrals

April 23, 2014

Delta SkyBonus, the airline’s business rewards program, is offering referral bonuses between now and April 30 where companies can earn 5,000 bonus points per referral up to 25,000 bonus points for sending other companies their way. When your referral joins SkyBonus by April 30 and an employee flies by June 30, both companies – referrer […]

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Travel Sweepstakes Roundup: Win A California Escape, A Beer Trip to Belgium, 24 Hours In Vancouver & More

April 23, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are some of our the TPG top picks to win some great travel prizes. Win a $2,500 Trip From Expedia: You could win a $2,500 vacation from Expedia to the destination of your choice for pinning your travel […]

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The State of Lie-Flat Business Class on American Carriers

April 23, 2014

Seems like there’s a sense of change in the proverbial air over at Delta: in advance of the airline’s introduction on July 1, 2014 of new BusinessElite and Economy seats aboard its 757-200s for JFK-LAX routes, the airline announced today that they’ve just completed updates to the BusinessElite cabins on their A330-200/300s, Boeing 767-300ERs and 400ERs, 747-400s […]

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Top Summer Travel Destinations

April 23, 2014

The good people of have been watching ticket sales, search trends and airline news to come up with the hottest summer destinations for 2014. Here were their findings and the key takeaways. Memorial Day According to Kayak, not only are more Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day, but more of them are heading […]

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Tips for Traveling With Pets: Airline and Hotel Policy Roundup

April 22, 2014

My life changed back in January 2013 when I added a new member to my family – my French bulldog Miles (get it?). Since then, the little guy has traveled all over the US and to Canada with me, and I can’t imagine life without him. However, traveling with a pet is a whole different […]

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Double Alaska Miles And 10% Discount on Emirates Through November

April 22, 2014

One of the more interesting airline partnerships is that between Alaska Airlines and Emirates. Neither is in one of the three major alliances, and Alaska is the only US carrier whose miles you can earn and redeem on Emirates. In fact, it was by redeeming Alaska miles that I flew Emirates’ famous first class suites […]

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Orbitz Launches New Credit Card – Is It Worth It?

April 22, 2014

Last fall, Orbitz launched a loyalty program called Orbitz Rewards to compete with incumbents like’s Welcome Rewards and Expedia Rewards, and it has about 2 million members to date, so it was only a matter of time before the site launched its own co-branded credit card. Available starting today, Orbitz has partnered with Alliance […]

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Earning Elite Status

April 22, 2014

Yesterday I posted about the best credit cards that help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and I thought it would be helpful write up a companion piece exploring hotel credit cards that either earn you automatic elite status or allow you to spend your way to elite status. While some hotel co-branded credit […]

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Join A Dining Rewards Program for Bonus Miles + Current Sign-Up Bonuses

April 22, 2014

Dining rewards programs are a great way to double dip on earning miles and points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals while also linking it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles per dollar on top of that. When you sign-up a new card […]

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Reminder: Book Delta Awards For Pre-June 1 Travel Before Redemption Rates Go Up

April 21, 2014

Last August, Delta announced some major changes to its award chart (read: devaluation) that would go into effect for travel on or after June 1. Then in November, the airline actually announced several more devaluations that went into effect in February. The thing to keep in mind here is that, unlike other devaluations where you […]

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Hilton HHonors Summer 2014 Promo Double Points or Miles on Stays May – July

April 21, 2014

Last week, Starwood announced its summer promo where you can earn 2-3x bonus points on stays this summer, and now it’s Hilton’s turn. The company announced its summer promo running May 1 – July 31 called Double Your Points. You can earn either double points or double miles on eligible (paid) stays at participating properties. […]

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The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

April 21, 2014

Readers often ask me which credit cards help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and after recently exploring  the best airline credit card offers and the top credit card spending bonuses for 2014, it seemed like a great time to specifically address this question. While most airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award/redeemable miles that have no […]

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Confirmed: I Got A Second Sign-Up Bonus On The Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard

April 21, 2014

Back in March, I applied for four new credit cards – and a 230,000 points/miles bonus haul – including the current offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard of 100,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $10,000 in 3 months. I actually had already signed up for this card back in October 2013 when […]

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What is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for Transcontinental Travel?

April 20, 2014

Major airlines battle each other for customers on the US’s most popular transcontinental routes. With this in mind, TPG reader Marco tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: What’s the best frequent flyer program for coast-to-coast travel?” That’s a good question, and one common among business travelers as the transcontinental US routes are some of the busiest and most […]

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What Is the Best Credit Card for a First Time Applicant?

April 20, 2014

TPG reader Kashif tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m turning 18 this week and I’m thinking of signing up for a credit card that I could pay off. What’s your suggestion for the best points card for a first-timer?” Happy 18th birthday, Kashif! Before you choose any card, I’d suggest checking your credit score for free […]

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A Reminder on Passport and Visa Requirements for International Travel

April 20, 2014

TPG reader Adam wants to make sure I – and you all, as well – know something important about passports: “@thepointsguy: Are you aware that if your passport is set to expire within three months of your return date from a trip, you won’t be allowed entry to EU countries? The answer is yes, absolutely! And […]

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Can I Book Cathay Pacific Award Tickets Using Both Chase and Amex Points?

April 20, 2014

It’s easy to rack up points in a bunch of different programs but when it comes time to use them, it can be tricky, especially when trying to book one type of ticket from one account and another ticket from another points program. TPG reader Louis actually messaged me on Facebook asking: “I haves a […]

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