How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Top International First Class Seats You Can Book with Points

Though many think the golden age of air travel is behind us, I think the skies are looking more luxurious than ever thanks to some amazing new first class products from airlines all over the world. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best, along with strategies for finding award space…

Overview of Hotel Resort Fees and How to Avoid Them

As an award travel enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that airlines and hotels don’t always make it easy. Changing programs, inconsistent policies, and unexpected fees all add to the challenge of using your points and miles effectively. But for every problem that pops up, you can count on award travelers to find several solutions….

Barclaycard Arrival Plus or No-Fee Version: Which Card Wins?

There are a number of factors that go into choosing a travel rewards card. Since credit cards have a wide range of unique benefits, comparisons are often apples to oranges. However, some cards are similar enough that deciding between them boils down to just a few key points. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen compares the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Economy Awards to London?

TPG Reader Steven tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy: “I value free/low-cost economy flights to London Heathrow. On which credit card should I concentrate my spending? I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.” I usually use my miles and points to book business class flights or…

World Elite vs. World MasterCard: Benefits and Value

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the differences between two common but infrequently discussed types of MasterCard, and explains the benefits of each. If you’re a MasterCard account holder, you may have noticed the label WORLD or WORLD ELITE just above the two globes of the MasterCard logo. If so, you might have wondered what these terms mean,…

Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll…

Sapphire Preferred vs. Arrival Plus: Have the Tables Turned?

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Barclaycard Arrival Plus have topped my list of best credit cards for travel awards for some time now, with the edge going to Sapphire Preferred for its valuable transfer partners and the lucrative 7% annual dividend on point earned each year. However, with recent benefit changes to both cards (and the announcement of that 7% dividend…

Honeymoon Travel with Points and Miles

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers his insights on how to use points and miles to make the most of your honeymoon. Planning vacations with your travel rewards is what this hobby is all about, so how is planning a honeymoon any different than a normal vacation? As you’ll see below, I make the case that…

What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…