Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For…

Southwest 50,000 Bonus and AirTran 32 A+ Points Bonuses Rundown – Which Card Should You Get?

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. With the 50,000-point sign-up bonus on the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the AirTran Airways A+ Rewards Credit Card with 32 A+ points both available, you might be wondering which card to get. As…

Chase AirTran Visa With 2 Roundtrip Sign Up Bonus

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Until now, the public offer on the Chase AirTran Visa has been 16 A+ Rewards credits when you spent $1,000 in 3 months and two single-segment business class upgrades with your first purchase. Now, however, Chase has…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of…

Last Days to Transfer Amex Points to Airtran

This Wednesday, February 29, 2012 is the last day to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to AirTran. This is significant, because at some point AirTran A+ credits will transfer into Southwest Rapid Rewards points, however Southwest has not yet announced the transfer ratio, which is annoying. I suspect news will come in March, since…

Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing…

Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or…

Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus…