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.

112 Articles by Jason Steele

5 Award Flights that Don’t Exist at Saver Level

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele calls out several routes where low-level awards are scarce, if they’re available at all. Have you ever felt like airline…

Credit Card Benefits and Strategies for Active Duty Military

A great way to maximize travel is to take advantage of memberships or other affiliations (like an alumni association or AAA) that can earn you discounts and more. With well over one million members on active duty, the United States Military is a prominent example, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the extra benefits credit…

50,000 US Airways Dividend Miles & 10 Great Ways to Use Them

Learning how to earn points and miles is only one side of the award travel equation. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers ten ideas for putting US Airways miles to use. Airline miles are worthless…until you redeem them for something of value. So since Barclaycard is now offering 50,000 miles as a sign-up…

Credit Card Customer Service: 6 Times it Can’t Hurt to Ask

The saying goes that good things come to those who wait, but in the points and miles game, sometimes good things come to those who just ask. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains: Credit cards are an incredibly profitable business for banks and other issuers, and even during the Great Recession (when banks…

Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers and Travel Rewards

Credit is an important tool; a sound financial standing can not only get you lower rates for mortgages and other loans, it can also help get you approved for the best rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to use balance transfers to manage your credit so you can…

Credit Card Combinations for a Costa Rica Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Costa Rica. Over the past month, I’ve explored how award travelers could construct specific…

9 Great Ways to Maximize 50,000 British Airways Avios

Credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to boost your loyalty account balances, but knowing how to use the points and miles you earn will stretch your travel even farther. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some lucrative options for redeeming the 50,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase…

10 Online Tools Every Award Traveler Should Bookmark

Booking travel (and award travel in particular) can be complicated. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available online to make things easier. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his list of the best web tools to help you plan your next adventure. What distinguishes the average travelers from the true experts? It’s not just what they…

EMV Chips and Credit Card Security: What You Need to Know

Award travel enthusiasts are usually up to date on the latest credit card sign-up bonus offers, and which cards offer benefits like elite status or lounge access, but another important card feature gets much less attention. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shines a spotlight on credit card security to help you decide which cards will best keep your…