Ranking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Award Flights

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners interested primarily in redeeming points and miles for award flights. One of the most common concerns I hear from new…

Amazing Deal Alert: New York to Tel Aviv for $590 on Delta

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…

How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Take to Transfer?

Ultimate Rewards points make a great foundation for an award traveler’s portfolio. Like other transferable loyalty currencies, these points can be redeemed for highly valuable awards through airline and hotel transfer partners. I currently hold several different credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points, and I put all of my daily spending on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 2x points on travel and…

Alaska Airlines Fall Award Sale: Starting at 5,000 Miles Each Way

In addition to the current 40% buy miles bonus, Alaska Airlines is offering a fall award sale with flights starting at just 5,000 miles each way. The fare sale is for flights between select cities booked by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on September 13, 2015, for travel between September 9 – December 16, 2015. Some blackout dates…

All United Australia Flights Moving to Boeing 787-9

Per Australian Traveller, United has announced that it will begin using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on all its routes from the US to Australia starting in March 2016. The airline already flies the aircraft on its route from Los Angeles to Melbourne, but uses 777-200s on its two other daily Australian flights, from San Francisco and…

To Claim or Not to Claim: Car Rental Insurance with Credit Cards

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) Thanks to miles…

Last Day to Use AA Miles for Hawaiian Air Flights from the US

As we reported previously, starting tomorrow, AAdvantage members will no longer be able to book awards between Hawaii and the continental US on Hawaiian Airlines. So today’s the day if you want to book that trip; you can book travel through next summer, but your flights must be ticketed today. That being said, this is just…