Jason Steele

Senior Points & Miles Correspondent

Jason Steele
Jason Steele lives in Denver where he writes full-time about the credit card industry and travel rewards. He began his career as a software consultant and a frequent business traveler, but was infected by not just the urge to travel, but to be a pilot. After earning his commercial pilot's license, and flying for a small commercial operation, he chose the more pleasurable path of traveling for fun rather than for work.Trying to travel affordably led to his obsession with personal finance and travel rewards, and a new career writing about it. His work now appears in many of the top personal finance web sites, and is regularly syndicated to mainstream outlets such as MSN Money and Yahoo! Finance.

Today, Jason loves to travel the world with his wife and two daughters, from their home in Denver, Colorado. Recent family vacations include trips to Hawaii, Argentina, Israel, and Italy. When he is not traveling, Jason can often be found bicycling or snowboarding in the high peaks of the Colorado Rockies.

Jason joined The Points Guy back in 20111 as the first contributing writer, and his posts on credit cards, award programs, and family travel are now featured each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

165 Articles by Jason Steele

Flying an Airbus A320 Simulator with MileagePlus Exclusives

Airline and hotel program auctions might be an easy way to blow hundreds of thousands of points without even taking a trip, but they also offer exclusive experiences that you couldn’t otherwise buy. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares one such experience, flying United’s Airbus A320 simulator. Redeeming your miles for international first-class tickets is…

Showdown: ThankYou Premier vs. Sapphire Preferred vs. Premier Rewards Gold

With credit card issuers competing fiercely for your business, sign-up and other bonuses have never been stronger. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele compares three of the most popular rewards cards from Amex, Chase, and Citi to see which one presents the best value to cardholders. I have always been a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred and American…

Flying First Class with Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at ways to fly first class by taking advantage of flexible points and airline transfer opportunities. One of the thrills of award travel is being able to book flights in first class, a luxury that’s often unaffordable when paying with cash. To book a first-class…

Which Chase Ink Card Is Right for You?

Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at two popular Ultimate Rewards business cards to see which one offers a better return. Chase’s line of Ink Business Cards has been very popular over the years. The Ink Plus Business Card routinely makes TPG’s monthly list of top travel rewards cards thanks to its usually…

Comparing Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard Benefits

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can maximize your travel by taking advantage of some lesser known benefits on your travel rewards credit cards. When you think of top credit card rewards and benefits, what usually comes to mind are the points, miles and perks offered by the card issuer or…

How to Book Award Flights with Delta SkyMiles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Delta SkyMiles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to book…

Is Barclaycard Ring the Most Unique Credit Card Offered?

As an award traveler, I pay close attention to the wide array of benefits offered by travel rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses one of the more unique benefits you’ll find: a say in your card’s terms and features. I cover the entire credit card industry very closely…