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.

140 Articles by Jason Steele

Avoiding Award Travel Change and Cancellation Fees

Travelers generally pick one airline over another based on cost and the in-flight experience, but in this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at why you should also consider the costs of not flying at all. Right now my family and I are supposed to be in Key West — one of my top 7 Spring Break Destinations for…

7 Rewards Credit Cards You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some less common travel rewards credit cards to see what kind of value they offer. Would you rather drive an Alpha Romeo than a Honda, or drink craft microbrews over Budweiser? Then perhaps you might also be interested in trying out a rewards credit card that isn’t…

Is Saver Level Award Availability Improving or Disappearing?

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 looks again at several routes where low-level awards are scarce, to see if conditions have improved. Two months ago,…

6 Rewards Programs That Make Award Travel Easy

I’ve realized over the years that many people ignore travel rewards simply out of confusion about how they work. Many programs have convoluted rules that can be overwhelming to beginners, so today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for loyalty programs that make earning and redeeming points and miles easy. Were you…

CLEAR Expedited Airport Security Program — Is it Worthwhile?

Without getting on a soapbox, I think it’s fair to say that the TSA won’t be winning any popularity contests in the near future. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your suffering, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains. 15 years ago, going through airport security was a simple process. You simply got into THE line, put…

Using Venmo Payments to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at several mobile and online payments options, and explains why you should be careful when using them to meet credit card spending thresholds. We recently received this question from TPG reader Trevor regarding the payment service Venmo: “I was wondering could write about how to maximize payment…

Where Should You Credit Delta Air Lines Flights?

Now that Delta has switched to revenue-based earning, a lot of SkyMiles members are seeing fewer miles being credited to their accounts. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for getting the most out of your future flights with Delta. Last month, I looked at which frequent flyer programs offer good alternatives for crediting flights on…

Discover it Miles Offers 3x Rewards for First Year

Discover isn’t highly regarded by points and miles enthusiasts, but there are good reasons to have one of these cards in your wallet. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele describes a new card from Discover with a bonus offer that deserves your consideration. Whenever I ask someone about why they use a Discover card, I get an…

How to (Almost) Never Lose Your Luggage Again

Lost luggage can put a damper on your trip, so today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to make sure your bags stay with you. As long as airlines have carried bags, they have lost them. And while there’s little you can do once you’ve surrendered your luggage, there are actually many…

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…