Carlson and AAdvantage Bonuses, Summer Travel Cards and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Launches Online Booking Bonus Club Carlson is giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 Gold Points per night for reservations made through the Club Carlson website, mobile app or any Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group website at the more than…

Stay with Hilton, Pay with Amex, Earn a $75 Statement Credit

Your summer vacation may have just gotten cheaper! Right now you can earn a one-time $75 statement credit by using your enrolled American Express card when you spend $350 or more at Hilton Hotels & Resorts between July 9, 2015 and September 8, 2015. The TPG team has found the offer available on personal Amex cards like the Premier Rewards…

Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

As I’ve discussed in the past, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a…

Just Tap to Pay and be on Your Way with Amex & Jawbone

You can now connect an eligible American Express Card to the new UP4 by Jawbone and tap to pay anywhere American Express contactless payments are accepted in the US. Amex is emailing customers about the new partnership this week — according to the email, most personal and business cards support contactless payments, including the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit…

Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines

Frontier is continuing to offer special summer deals with one-way flights starting at $29. This deal includes flights from Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Trenton, NJ; Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, PA for domestic, nonstop travel from July 18 to August 31, 2015.  However, it’s about to come to an end; tickets must be purchased by…

Review: The Amex Centurion Studio Lounge in Seattle

Last week, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart had a chance to visit the new Centurion Studio in Seattle. Here’s his take on the latest lounge offering from Amex. On my way home from Las Vegas, I stopped by the new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge at SeaTac International Airport (SEA). This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, and having been…

Choosing the Right Amex Small Business Card

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Plum Card from American Express OPEN While many people think of travel rewards as pertaining to individuals, small businesses have just as much (or more) to gain by maximizing points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen…

Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines

Yesterday Frontier Airlines was offering $21 one-way flights in honor of its 21st birthday. Today, Frontier is continuing the celebration with one-way flights starting at $29.  The good news is that these flights are not just departing from Denver, CO. This deal includes flights from Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

What’s the Best Card if I Travel a Lot and Only Fly AA?

TPG reader Robbie tweeted me to ask about the best card for a unique situation: @thepointsguy – “Should I get SPG Amex, ThankYou Premier or Sapphire Preferred? I travel a lot for work and fly AA exclusively, but don’t have a preferred hotel chain.” This is an interesting question, because these three cards have unique…