Maximizing Rapid Rewards, Status Challenge Round-Up, a Sneaky Hotel 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:…

Using Southwest’s No Change Fee Policy to Maximize Points

Southwest has built its brand around providing low fares with no fees. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart describes how you can use the airline’s lack of change fees to stretch your points and save on award travel. Recently, I wrote about how Rapid Rewards offers great value to domestic flyers. Thanks to the program’s cost-based award pricing, you can maximize your points…

10 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling — especially with the TSA having the number of issues that we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Passengers have reported outlandish security checkpoint wait times, airlines (specifically American and United) have had to call in millions of dollars’ worth of reinforcements to help…

Inside Southwest’s Social Media “Listening Center”

Social media is an increasingly important aspect of each major airline’s customer service strategy. There are those that perform well and respond quickly on social media, and there are others that travelers know to avoid. But consumers are largely unaware of how airlines handle things behind the scenes — we’re used to opening our Twitter app, typing a…

Why Southwest Rapid Rewards Is Awesome for Domestic Travel

Southwest Airlines often gets overlooked by those in search of a premium flight experience, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart explains why you should include Rapid Rewards in your points and miles portfolio. Southwest has gained a reputation among domestic flyers for the things it doesn’t do. On the positive side, there are no checked bag fees or change/cancellation…

Can I Use a Companion Ticket Without the Primary Passenger?

TPG reader Paige sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the Southwest Companion Pass: “My husband, children and I are flying from Boston to Dallas on Southwest, with me flying on a companion ticket. There’s a plane change in Baltimore, where my husband needs to be the following day for business, so he was…

TSA PreCheck Expands to Four New Airlines

As you’ve probably heard by now, TSA security checkpoint wait times have been incredibly long in recent weeks — sometimes resulting in waits of two hours or more. It’s even gotten so bad that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has threatened to get rid of the TSA in New York-area airports, replacing…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass Starting with a 50k Sign-Up Bonus

With the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card currently offering a 50,000-point sign-up bonus, the airline’s popular Companion Pass benefit is relatively easy to earn. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shows you how below. The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is not just extremely valuable; it’s invaluable. Once you earn this benefit, as…