How to Search for Star Alliance Award Availability

We get a lot of readers asking about the best strategies for searching for airline awards. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a guide of helpful hints for finding awards on Star Alliance carriers, including the websites to use, tips for finding routes or carriers with better award availability and…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? November Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Air Canada Now Offering Special Perks for Students

Air Canada is launching Altitude Students, a program designed to offer special travel offers and exclusive perks exclusively to students in Canada. It’s totally free to join as long as you have a student ID at any Canadian post-secondary institution and an Aeroplan number. And if you sign up by November 6, you’re eligible to win…

One Year of Earning and Burning with the TD Aeroplan Visa

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening new accounts. To help you get started, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially…

Round-the-World Awards That You Can Still Book

From maximizing stopovers and open jaws to making the most of a single credit card, there are many ways to extend your redemptions and enjoy some incredible travel experiences. One particularly lucrative method of doing this is by booking a “round-the-world” award and literally circumnavigating the globe, visiting numerous destinations along the way. TPG Senior Points & Miles…

Aeroplan Devaluation Coming in December

After some program devaluations in 2014, Air Canada’s Aeroplan will soon institute a few more. The current program is one of the best ways to book premium tickets to Europe — especially for booking Star Alliance flights to Europe in premium cabins, such as Lufthansa first class to Frankfurt, which currently requires just 62,500 Aeroplan miles, plus roughly $450…

How To Book Award Flights with Air Canada Aeroplan

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Aeroplan miles to book the flights you want. Our neighbors to the north are nothing if…

10 Ways to Use the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Sign-Up Bonus

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses can be for earning award travel, but it’s important to understand how to redeem those points once you get them. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some great uses for the sign-up bonus from one popular Amex Membership Rewards card. American Express made some big changes…

Learning to Book Partner Awards: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points and…

How to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. It combines the Old World grandeur…