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Southwest Companion Pass: 16 Things Every Flyer Should Know

November 24, 2014

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most coveted awards out there, and considering how much value it holds, it’s surprisingly easy to earn. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips that even Companion Pass veterans can learn from. Southwest Airlines has always operated unlike other carriers. Their unique formula has allowed them to […]

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Should I Get the Southwest Companion Pass Now or in 2015?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Mike tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is now the best time to get the Southwest credit card if I want the Companion Pass, or should I wait until 2015?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there. It lets you bring a designated companion along on any Southwest […]

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What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Krassi is curious about my top picks for hotel awards, so I put […]

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Three Credit Cards for the Domestic Economy Traveler

November 17, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Roundup of Current Shopping Portal Bonuses

November 10, 2014

Shopping portals are an easy way to earn bonus points or miles on your everyday online purchases. Usually, shopping portals pull out the big bonuses and offers for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, as well as other prime shopping periods like Mother’s Day or back-to-school season. This year there seems to be a new trend, as some shopping portals […]

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Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

November 8, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for November 2014

November 7, 2014

Credit card sign-up bonuses are constantly changing; an offer that’s here today might be gone tomorrow, and bonuses on a single card can rise or fall 50,000 points overnight. It pays to stay on top of the current credit card market so you can take advantage of the best bonus offers when they become available. To help you […]

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7 Airline Policies that Punish Leisure Travelers

November 7, 2014

Airlines are in business to make money, but it’s important that they balance their bottom line with the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some airline policies that are tipping that balance in the wrong direction. Last week I wrote about the effect of revenue-based frequent flyer […]

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50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus for Southwest Cards Is Back

November 5, 2014

Chase is once again offering increased sign-up bonuses of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and business Plus cards. To get the full bonus on any of these cards, you must spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening. Aside from the value of […]

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8 Airline and DOT Rules Every Flyer Should Know

November 5, 2014

When doing business with airlines, the fine print in the contract of carriage can often mean headaches (generally for you, not for them). However, there are some rules designed to work in your favor, but they’ll only do you good if you know them. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Contributor Jason Steele discusses some of those rules, and explains how […]

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Southwest Airlines Ends Airtran A+ Rewards Program

October 30, 2014

As one of the final steps in its merger with Southwest, AirTran will ending the A+ Rewards loyalty program on November 1, 2014. You can still earn and redeem A+ Rewards credits until that date, after which all accounts will be converted to the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, and credits will be converted to Rapid Rewards points. It […]

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Comparison of Airline Elite Status – Which Program Is Best?

October 30, 2014

It has been a long time since we compared the elite status programs of US airlines. But with news on the combined elite status program of American Airlines and US Airways, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a snapshot of the various airlines’ elite programs as they stand and which ones […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically

October 28, 2014

Though most people would rather fly business or first class given the chance, it’s not always possible to snag a seat at the front of the plane. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a quick rundown and ranking of the economy seats you’ll likely be flying domestically these days including […]

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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Southwest Flights from $49 or 2,200 Points

October 14, 2014

Southwest Airlines is currently running a winter fare sale, where you can score some cheap flights from $49 each way to many of their destinations. These fares are based on distance, and one-way fares start at only $49, $99, $129 or $149. To take advantage of these cheap fares, you must book by October 16 for travel […]

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Saving on Family Ski Trips – Flights, Hotels, Lifts & More

October 3, 2014

Maximizing travel is often as much about saving money as it is about earning points. Since winter is coming, I asked TPG Contributor (and avid skier) Jason Steele to share his strategies for keeping family ski vacations affordable. Ski trips make for great family vacations, but the total price can be stunningly high. It’s not uncommon […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Contest Roundup: Hawaiian Air Miles, $5,000 in Travel, Mexico, Disney

September 26, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win Hawaiian Airlines miles, a $5,000 Visa gift card towards your next vacation, and trips to Puerto Vallarta, Disney Resorts, New York, London, Paris or Rome. Win 140,000 Hawaiian Air Miles From Hawaiian Airlines Win Hawaiian Air Miles and take your dream […]

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35% Bonus on Purchased Southwest Points – Should You Buy?

September 25, 2014

Now through October 13, 2014, Southwest is offering a 35% bonus when you buy Rapid Rewards points. Points can be purchased in increments of 500 with a minimum initial purchase of 2,000 points and a daily maximum of 60,000 points. Normally Southwest Rapid Rewards points cost 2.75 cents apiece to purchase, but with this promo the cost is reduced to 2.037 cents apiece. That’s […]

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8 Travel Hacks to Save Time and Money

September 24, 2014

Obviously I love travel, but even under favorable conditions, there are times when getting from point A to point B feels harder than it should be. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele shares some tips for making your trips smoother, less expensive, and more pleasant. Having just returned from my fifth trip in the last four weeks, […]

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Credit Card Benefits to Maximize Before 2015

September 23, 2014

As I’ve often said, one of the great tragedies for travelers is letting loyalty points and frequent flyer miles expire, and I think the same goes for unused credit card benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen will guide us through some of the best offers and benefits whose days are numbered, to help you make […]

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Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely

September 19, 2014

Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers guidelines for helping unaccompanied minors get from gate to gate worry free. […]

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Earn Triple Southwest Points Through November 20 (Targeted)

September 18, 2014

Southwest recently launched a targeted offer where Rapid Rewards members can earn triple points on flights between now and November 20, 2014. You must register by November 20 and then book and fly by that day as well. The terms are clear that the offer is targeted to recipients of the email that Southwest sent […]

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Credit Card Companion Tickets: Ins, Outs & Current Offers

September 15, 2014

 I often travel solo, but I also like sharing the road (and the skies) with friends from time to time. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the companion pass benefits available with current credit card offers, and explains the features that set them apart from one another. The credit card industry learned long ago that there are few offers […]

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