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…

4k Free Copa Miles, AirAsia Hilton Bonus, Rocketmiles Bonus

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Alitalia Launches Redesign Alitalia is rolling out some new branding, including a new logo, Wi-Fi on long-haul flights and entirely renovated planes. The updated aircraft include a redesigned business class featuring lie-flat seats with exclusive leather covers designed by Poltrona Frau, as well as Frette…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…