The Amazing Etihad Residence, an Airport Customs Snafu & 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:…

Basketball Bonanza — 30 Teams in 3 Weeks on Miles and Points

Love the NBA as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Following his Football Frenzy and Baseball Binge earlier this year, here’s his way to see a whole lot of basketball for not that many points and miles. (All arena photos are courtesy of each venue.)  If you’ve ever wanted an itinerary that would let you…

Amtrak Announces the End of Ultimate Rewards Transfers

This summer, Amtrak announced significant changes to its Guest Rewards program, included revenue-based points earning and vastly different redemption rates. Essentially, all redemptions will be based on the cost of the ticket (and the type of train), come January 24, 2016. Shortly after that announcement, Amtrak shared the news that it would no longer be partnering with…

6 Amtrak Redemptions That Won’t Make Sense in 2016

In the points and miles world, no rewards program is safe from changes, and Amtrak’s Guest Rewards is the latest to see an overhaul. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at some routes that will no longer make for valuable redemptions in 2016. Amtrak is back in the news after announcing an overhaul of its…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? September Monthly Valuations

The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well. You can view all posts in…

Chase and Amtrak are Ending Their Relationship

Just last week, we reported on a new Amtrak Guest Rewards program that goes into effect January 24, 2016. After that date, you’ll still qualify for status using Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs), but the way you earn redeemable miles will change significantly – and as you could have guessed, the odds are not in your favor….

What to Expect from Amtrak’s New Revenue-Based Rewards Program

Update: As AGR Insider notes on FlyerTalk, “‘Adult’ and ‘Child’ pricing will apply to redemption travel, but not other discount types such as AAA, Senior, etc. ‘Saver’ fares will not qualify for redemption, but please note that AGR One-Class Upgrade Coupons will continue to be permitted for use on non-redemption Saver fare tickets, according to…

What’s the Best Way To Get from New York City to Boston?

This past weekend, TPG Intern Mark Kellman decided to leave New York and head up to Boston to visit family. There are many options to get between these two cities, so here’s a look at the some different modes of transportation. There are multiple ways to get to Boston from New York. You can go by plane, train, bus or automobile,…

Baseball Binge — 30 Teams in 20 Days on Points and Miles

Love baseball as much as you love a good redemption award? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten does too. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of baseball for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) Even if you’ve only…