13 Benefits Every Airline Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to explain which airline credit card benefits are most important to help you decide what to look for when applying. When it comes to airline credit cards, there are some standard benefits that every one should have, like earning multiple miles per dollar on specific airline purchases, or giving cardholders free checked bags….

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2015

As airline and hotel loyalty programs change constantly, having a coherent, powerful credit card strategy is more important than ever. Factors to consider include sign-up bonuses, earning bonuses and structures, and the host of other benefits that cardholders stand to gain — like free checked bags, elite status and more. By maximizing these benefits and using the right…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore East Asia. Over the last few months, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has presented some…

Can I Earn AAdvantage EQMs By Booking Tickets for Others?

TPG reader Todd emailed me to ask: “Can I earn American Airline EQMs or points by booking tickets for others? I may have occasions where I purchase tickets for my wife and son, and want to maximize my EQMs/points if possible.” Todd, your wife and son will always earn the Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) for…

My AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card Welcome Packet Arrives

Last October, Barclaycard revealed its plans to convert existing US Airways Premier World MasterCard accounts to the new AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard or the AAdvantage Aviator Red card following the imminent merger of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs. Last month, Barclaycard began sending upgrade invitations to existing cardholders. While the actual card won’t arrive until later this year, last week…

Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…

How Do You Keep All Your Credit Cards Organized?

TPG reader Brycia emailed me to ask: “With so many credit cards, how do you keep them organized? Do you carry all of your active cards with you at all times? Do you have a huge credit card wallet? Or do you leave some at home and only take some with you?”  I’ve got about 25 active…

US Airways MasterCard Referral Bonus Miles Have Posted

Back in December, the US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclaycard offered targeted cardholders referral bonuses of between 5,000-10,000 miles for each person they referred to sign up for the card who applied successfully. The promotion period ended January 18, and it looks like the miles have just started posting to cardholders’ accounts. So if…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for February 2015

Deciding which credit cards to apply for is among the most important factors in your award travel strategy. The sign-up bonuses, earning structures and other benefits many of these cards carry can help you rack up points and miles quickly, and help make your travel experience more enjoyable. However, just like airline and hotel programs are…