How Do I Figure Out a Good Credit Card Application Strategy?

TPG reader Thomas sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Love all your info. I’m learning a lot, but have lots more to learn. I’m interested in trying a credit card app-o-rama. I have 780+ credit, pay my balances each month, and 20 years of credit history. I’ll be shifting over from several cash…

Can I Use the US Airways Companion Pass After the Merger?

TPG reader Bjorn tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What will happen to the US Airways Companion tickets after the merger? My wife and I still have one each.” In just a couple months, US Airways and American Airlines will finally merge their frequent flyer programs. This step has a lot of implications for both programs, as well…

Can I Earn Points on Credit Card Balance Transfers?

TPG reader Michelle sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Do balance transfers between credit cards give you points, and if yes, which do you recommend?” Carrying credit card balances can be precarious, because any amount you pay in fees or interest can negate the value of the points and miles you earn, and it can damage your…

How Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?

TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping people plan their honeymoons, especially when they’re to some of my favorite destinations like Portugal! Catherine wants…

How Do I Keep Track of Credit Cards Payments and Due Dates?

TPG reader Steven messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Could you tell us how you manage your credit cards in terms of payment due dates and making sure you don’t miss a payment?” Maintaining a pristine credit score is crucial if you plan to get multiple credit cards in order to earn a lot of points…

Now Boarding: An Aviation-Themed Bar in L.A.

An exciting new cocktail bar has landed in Los Angeles, not too far from TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne. For all you fans of aviation history (and booze), here is her review.  Several miles north of LAX, Los Angeles now has a fun version of a first-class airport lounge that costs nothing to enter. Now Boarding, a new cocktail bar…

8 Travel Tips that Every Parent Needs to Know

Both the joys and rigors of travel can be magnified when you have children in tow, so today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips from his own experiences as a traveler and father to help you make the most of your next family vacation. It has been said that there’s no instruction…

2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted) Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on flights booked on Southwest Airlines by February 1, 2015 and completed by February 28,…

24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Amex Business Gold Rewards Card Changing Bonus Categories

Today American Express announced changes to bonus categories and earnings on the Business Gold Rewards Card. These changes not only result in better Membership Rewards earnings overall, but also add flexibility to earn more in a category of your choice depending on your spending patterns. The details of the new offer are as follows: American Express Business Gold Rewards Card…