Vietnam Changes Visa Requirements for US Travelers

Update 10/7/16: Allied Passport reports that the Vietnamese government has reversed its decision to only offer one-year multiple entry visas to US passport holders at a cost of $200. Beginning October 10, the Embassy of Vietnam will once again offer US passport holders a range of visa options, including single-entry 30-day visas at a cost of $70. Vietnam is one of the…

17 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a Flight

If you don’t fly a lot, it’s easy to make costly mistakes when searching for and booking flights. And even if you’re a frequent flyer, there are pitfalls you should make sure to avoid. TPG Contributor JT Genter rounds up a list of common mistakes that you should be wary of any time you book…

These 11 Countries Have the Most Powerful Passports

The last thing you want to worry about at the airport is that you’ve somehow forgotten to get a visa for your trip. Fortunately, US-issued travel docs rank near the top of a list of most powerful passports, offering holders visa-free access to 174 countries. There are a few notable exceptions, such as Brazil (although this will be waived in Brazil leading…

TPGtv Episode 2: Visiting PeaceJam in Accra, Ghana

In case you missed it, Episode 1 of TPGtv launched last week on The Points Guy YouTube channel. I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support — we’re already up to more than 114,000 views on YouTube and over 846,000 views on Facebook after one week! The second episode is all…

Make Sure You Have the Right Visa Before Beginning a Mileage Run

TPG reader VegasRugbyPhil commented on my flight review of the American Airlines 787: I was suppose to do the PVG run with a 2.5hr layover and return (mileage run) in early December but upon checking in, AA advised they had a new policy effective Nov 16 that prohibited exactly what/why I was doing the run. However, I advised…

50k Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus, AAdvantage Program Changes & 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:…

Hurry, Add More Passport Pages Before December 31, 2015!

It’s time to take a peek at your passport to see how many open pages you’ve got left. If it seems like you’re running low on pages but your passport doesn’t expire for awhile, now is the time to act. Starting December 31, 2015, you won’t be able to add pages to your US passport. After this…

Are Travel Visas Eligible for Category Bonus Points?

When getting Chinese visas this summer, TPG Contributor JT Genter missed out on a potentially large spending bonus, assuming that the visa fees would count as a travel expense. Here’s how you can avoid the same fate. Before I could board my Air China flight to China this past July, I needed to acquire a…

State Department Launches “Apply Early” Passport Program

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard For any international traveler, from the occasional flyer to the busiest jetsetter, the most indispensable item to have on hand is a valid passport. Luckily for US citizens, those little blue books are…