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.

131 Articles by Jason Steele

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

How to Avoid Excess Toll Road Charges for Rental Cars

An important part of maximizing your travel is minimizing your costs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can trim your car rental budget by avoiding excess toll charges. Toll roads are becoming increasingly common in many major cities. Sometimes these tolls are imposed to fund new construction, while other times…

Maximizing Purchases and Redeeming Awards at Disney Resorts

Disney World is known for many things, and being inexpensive isn’t one of them. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the best ways to use points and miles toward a Disney vacation, and ways to maximize purchases while you’re there. For Disney fans, there’s no resisting the lure of…

Where Should You Credit United Flights After March 1st?

Next month, a lot of United MileagePlus members will start feeling the pain of the new revenue-based system program. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for getting the most out of your future flights. Last year, Delta announced that it would stop crediting frequent flyer miles to travelers based on the distance flown,…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards Questions (and Answers)

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele answers 8 questions about travel rewards credit cards that seem to always be on the minds of TPG readers (and in the TPG email inbox). Those of us who have been playing the points and miles game for a while tend to take travel rewards cards for…

Air Canada’s New TD Aeroplan Visa for US Cardholders

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new credit card option for earning mile in the Air Canada Aeroplan program. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has long been one of my favorite ways to book Star Alliance award flights. While you might not fly Air Canada often, there are several options for earning…

7 Sunny Spring Break Destinations for Families

The best award travel deals for Spring Break are usually booked far in advance, but many families simply aren’t able to be that organized. Fortunately, TPG Senior Contributor Jason Steele can suggest some great Spring Break destinations for families that can still be booked with points and miles—even now. Finding Spring Break (late March through early April) award availability for an entire family…

How Safe Is Air Travel? The Statistical Truth

Despite the occasional heavy turbulence, I’ve always felt safe while flying, though I know plenty of people feel less at ease in the air. While you can’t always reason with your anxieties, there’s a case to be made for why flying is one of the safest things you can do. Today, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains….

Top Credit Cards for Cash Back Rewards and Statement Credits

I love to travel, so I tend to focus on credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits. However, diversification is critical to a successful points strategy, and that includes considering the cash-back options out there. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the best cash back cards to earn a return on your spending, travel or otherwise. Travel rewards are…

What’s It Like to Fly by Private Aircraft?

If you’ve been spending time lately flying without enough legroom or waiting in epic TSA lines, you may be wondering if there are other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent (and pilot) Jason Steele discusses the world of private aviation. Perhaps you’ve noticed a few small, private jets at your local airport, across the ramp from…