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.

194 Articles by Jason Steele

10 Perks and Services You May Be Able to Get Just By Asking

Customer service is an important aspect of both the travel and credit card industries, and companies will sometimes go the extra distance to help keep valuable customers satisfied. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at opportunities to save money and pick up useful benefits by simply asking for them. There’s more to award travel than…

10 Professional Flight Simulators that You Can Fly

Here at TPG, we talk a lot about how to sit at the “front” of the plane (that is, the business- and first-class cabins). However, for those of you who have ever wanted to try sitting at the real front of the plane, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has some suggestions. There are a couple…

How CLEAR Expedited Security Is Moving Beyond Airports

Anything that makes air travel easier can be a godsend to frequent flyers. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how one ID verification program is speeding up security lines at airports and beyond. Earlier this year, I looked at the latest iteration of the CLEAR airport security program, and found it to be a useful tool for expediting…

Which Sign-Up Bonuses Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines the sign-up bonuses offered by a variety of airline, hotel and other rewards cards to see which ones offer the best return. Sign-up bonuses are an important factor to consider when looking for a travel rewards credit card. While big spenders can easily afford to go after bonuses with…

How Marriott Is Promoting Better Loyalty Account Security

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at loyalty account security and offers some tips for keeping your travel rewards where they belong. We spend a lot of time discussing how to earn points and miles, as well as how to spend them. However, we don’t often discuss the importance of protecting them….

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Big Spenders

From small businesses to big lifestyles, many award travelers need a card that offers extra benefits for extra spending. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a variety of travel rewards cards to suit a big budget. The basis of a sound travel rewards strategy is making sure you earn points and miles for every dollar spent,…

Using Amex Business Cards to Maximize Your Return at Hotels

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses how you can use benefits on a variety of Amex business cards to get the most out of your next hotel stay. After airfare, hotel charges represent the largest expense incurred by most business travelers. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways to use business credit…

What to Do When Rewards Programs Misbehave

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines one reader’s troubles with changes made to her loyalty program, and explains how to handle a similar situation if it should happen to you. The landscape of travel rewards and loyalty programs is constantly changing. In the past year we’ve seen the end of lucrative…

Amex Business Gold Rewards vs. Amex Business Platinum

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at two popular Amex business cards to determine which one offers the best rewards. The American Express brand has long been synonymous with both travel and business use, so it makes sense that Amex offers a variety of business credit cards that earn travel rewards. In this…