Jason Steele

Senior Points & Miles Contributor

Jason Steele
Jason joined The Points Guy back in 2011 as the first contributing writer, and his posts focus credit cards, award programs, and family travel. 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.


Jason loves to travel the world with his wife and three kids. Recent family vacations include trips to Hawaii, Argentina, Israel, and Italy. When he is not traveling, Jason can often be found bicycling, snowboarding in the high peaks of the Colorado Rockies.

279 Articles by Jason Steele

Comparing Basic Economy Fares Across Airlines

Say what you will about Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit, but these ultra-low-cost carriers are earning serious profits and growing quickly. The three major US legacy airlines have noticed their success, and are now scrambling to offer their super-low fares while imposing more fees. Delta, and, most recently, United have done so by introducing Basic Economy fare classes, and…

The Sapphire Reserve Math: When to Book Travel Through Chase and When to Transfer Points?

Traditionally, the most valuable way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points has been to transfer them to travel partners for expensive premium-cabin flights, last-minute reservations and hotel stays at Hyatt, Marriott and other chains. You can also use your points to book travel directly through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, but historically points have only…

How Boom Plans to Make Supersonic Travel the New Business Class

Since the retirement of the Concorde in 2003, airline passengers have had to settle for trips at well below the speed of sound. And while companies are hoping to build supersonic business jets, progress on supersonic commercial passenger aircraft has been a bit slower. Boom Technology is hoping to change that, however. Last night, the…

9 Ways to Stretch Your Travel Rewards

Finding new ways to earn points and miles is an important part of being an award travel enthusiast, but there’s more to it than that. How strategically you spend your travel rewards is at least as important as how well you earn them. In today’s post, I want to discuss nine creative ways to stretch…

Using Points and Miles for a Family Award Trip to Maui

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express Hawaii is not just a romantic destination for couples; it can actually be an outstanding place for award travelers to vacation as a family. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, but its visitors tend to…

7 Ways to Maximize Your Chances of Being Approved for a Credit Card

When you find a great travel rewards card, the last thing you want is for your application to be declined. But thankfully, there are several steps you can take to improve your odds of being approved. In today’s post, I’ll share some tips on how to do just that. How Credit Card Applications Work When you…

5 Ways to Save Points on Travel With the Chase Sapphire Reserve

When the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card was announced in August, everyone noticed its standout features, such as the $300 annual travel credit, Priority Pass Lounge access and of course the 100,000-point sign-up bonus. But one valuable perk has flown relatively under the radar: You can redeem points from the Reserve card for 1.5 cents apiece toward reservations made through the…

The Best Credit Cards From Foreign Carriers

The United States is home to four of the world’s five largest airlines, and most domestic carriers offer credit cards. So why would you want to consider a card from a foreign airline? In today’s post, I’ll explain the advantages of using a credit card to earn frequent flyer miles with a foreign carrier, and show…

6 Things to Do Before Your Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Arrives

Have you recently been approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, or are you considering applying? Due to higher-than-anticipated demand, Chase actually ran out of its signature metal cards, and some applicants have reported delays in receiving their card in the mail. If you find yourself in that boat, there are still several ways you can…

When a Credit Card Product Change Makes Sense

When it comes to credit cards, the only constant is change, as new products are always being introduced. Thankfully, issuers offer something called a product change that can help you to maintain the right combination of travel rewards cards at all times. In today’s post, I’ll explain what a product change is, and how you can use this…