Maximizing Holiday Purchases With Airline Shopping Portals

There are a variety of ways to boost your loyalty account balances with the major airlines and hotel chains. The most obvious is by actually traveling, but you can also earn large sign-up bonuses on various travel rewards credit cards. Additionally, there are a number of ways to earn points and miles through your everyday…

Save Big on AA Flights with Amex, TPG Gift Guides, Turn Lost Luggage into a Shopping Spree and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Airfare Deals for 2016

Be sure to bookmark this post, as we’ll be updating it through Cyber Monday 2016. If you spot a deal that isn’t listed below please share it in the comments. Also, see our Black Friday hotel deal roundup here. Just as we saw last year, this year’s frenzy of Black Friday deals extend far beyond clothing…

Free Uber Rides From Amex, United Basic Economy, Unique Credit Card Perks and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Should I Transfer Starpoints to Marriott for Airline Awards?

TPG reader Faysal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about maximizing transfer partners: “I’ve been stockpiling Starpoints to redeem for an Emirates First Class award (via Alaska Airlines). Should I transfer from Starwood to Alaska directly, or should I transfer to Marriott for a Hotel + Air package?” The merger between Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards has…

Save Big on Holiday Travel, Earn AA Elite-Qualifying Dollars Without Flying, Easy Bonus Amex Points and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Earn Bonus Miles With Select Retailers Through Next Week

Shopping portals are a fantastic way to earn some bonus miles with your favorite airline when making purchases online. Every so often, carriers will offer increased earning rates at select retailers, giving you the chance to earn even more miles toward your next trip. Over the course of the next nine days, three airlines in…

Alaska Airlines Overhauling Upgrade Procedure and Eligibility

Alaska Airlines just announced significant changes to its first-class upgrade policy. The impact on your upgrades will depend on how you fly the carrier — including the fare classes you purchase and more. From Alaska’s announcement, here’s a quick summary of what’s changing: Complimentary first-class upgrades on award travel, beginning December 5, 2016 Qualifying fare class…

The Cheapest Award Flights for Intracontinental Travel

When headed on an international award trip, most of us book the over-water segments segments first. This often leaves booking intra-destination flights at the bottom of our to-do list, and can result in making poor choices in using miles for flights within a foreign continent. With the ongoing trend of airlines eliminating stopovers and open jaws from award tickets,…

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…