The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Washington, D.C.-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Washington,…

The 5 Best Credit Cards for a Chicago-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Chicago….

Earning American Executive Platinum with a Status Challenge

Elite status challenges can be a great way to fast-track to a higher tier, and they can be an especially good option if you’re able to qualify on cheap fares. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains how he’s earning top-tier American status for just over $1,000 thanks to a targeted status…

The TSA Will Soon Bring Automated Screening Lines to Five More US Airports

In May, the world’s busiest airport, Georgia’s Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), made headlines when — in the midst of #IHateTheWait mania — it unveiled an automated TSA screening line intended to increase efficiency by up to 35% per lane. The joint collaboration between the TSA and Delta was deemed a success, with NPR reporting last month that…

Is the Mileage Run Dead?

Mileage runs have long figured into frequent flyers’ strategies, allowing them to earn thousands of redeemable rewards with a single, cheap, long-haul fare. Now that American Airlines is set to become the last major US carrier to switch to a revenue-based earning system, mileage runs may no longer seem like a viable option. TPG Contributor…

American Is Launching Premium Economy with the 787-9 in November

Late last year, American Airlines announced that it would be rolling out a dedicated premium economy cabin sometime in late-2016 — and now we know exactly when that’ll be. The carrier will launch its new premium economy service with its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which will begin flying from Dallas to Madrid and Sao Paulo on November…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. I take into account all the news in the points and miles marketplace as well as any major bonuses or product launches. You can always find a comprehensive roundup of the best deals currently available, as well as specific…

Crediting American Airlines Flights to British Airways

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the partnership between American Airlines and British Airways, and why you might want to credit the mileage from your AA flights to its partner across the pond. In recent months, American Airlines has completely overhauled its AAdvantage mileage program. The changes have included switching how…

When Does My Free Checked Bag Benefit Become Active?

TPG reader Robin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card benefits: “I was approved for a Citi AAdvantage card, and flew on American Airlines 10 days later. I was disappointed to find that my free checked bag benefit wasn’t active, and I was charged $25 each way. Citi said the account had…

Enroll in a Free AAdvantage Platinum Challenge with FoundersCard

Last year, the membership-based FoundersCard launched a new, exclusive way for cardholders to get status with American Airlines. And this year, cardholders are also eligible for a status challenge to the AAdvantage Platinum level. To complete the challenge, members will need to earn 12,500 elite-qualifying miles (EQMs) during a three-month trial period beginning in August. Those who…