Delta Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on Delta. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing….

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

The Best Cups of Coffee in the Sky

When Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen joined the road warrior ranks, he went from despising coffee to craving a morning jolt of caffeine—even on a 6am flight to Atlanta. Fortunately, airlines are now recognizing the importance of serving high-quality java onboard their planes, and Nick has found the best ways to get your coffee buzz in the air. Airlines are in a bit…

Costco Waves Goodbye to Amex, Inks Deal with Citi

Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale reports on the newly signed partnership between Costco and Citi. Just last month, Costco announced that it would cut ties with American Express, ending a relationship that spanned sixteen years and accounted for a substantial percentage of annual spending on Amex cards worldwide. Only weeks after that announcement, Costco has confirmed that it will enter into a new agreement with…

FoundersCard Reduced Annual Fee Promo Extended Through March

Last month, TPG contributor and COO Leigh Rowan took a new look at FoundersCard to see whether it’s a good fit for various spending and travel habits, and whether the benefits it offers justify the annual fee. He also discussed the discount offered to TPG readers who are new cardmembers; while that offer was scheduled to end in February, I’m happy to announce that…

Deal Alert: San Francisco-Hong Kong from $550

For amazing deals like these, be sure to follow TPG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow our special TPG Alerts twitter feed. Per this Flyertalk thread, United Airlines is offering some cheap fares between San Francisco and Hong Kong starting at $550-$725 roundtrip for dates this Spring and Summer. Finding Airfares Using the ITA Matrix One of the most useful tools…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2015

As airline and hotel loyalty programs change constantly, having a coherent, powerful credit card strategy is more important than ever. Factors to consider include sign-up bonuses, earning bonuses and structures, and the host of other benefits that cardholders stand to gain — like free checked bags, elite status and more. By maximizing these benefits and using the right…

10 Hyatt Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Hyatt properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially…