Rookie Guide to Award Travel: How to Choose Loyalty Programs

When you get into the points and miles game, one of your first steps will be to choose which loyalty programs to focus on. Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the third installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a breakdown of how to decide which rewards will work best for you. For new award travelers, the sheer number…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Coordinating Trips with a Companion

Double the points, double the benefits, double the fun! Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the second installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to develop a rewards strategy with your travel partner. If you’re new to award travel, one of your earliest (and most crucial) missions is to get your favorite travel partner(s) into the game as well. Whether you’re planning…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Getting a Rewards Credit Card

Even the most prolific award travelers had to start somewhere. For those of you who are curious about getting into the game, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the first installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to look for a rewards credit card. When I started collecting points and miles more than a decade ago, my…

Why Points and Miles are a Bad Long-Term Investment

I often preach the importance of earning and burning travel rewards rather than hoarding them. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr uses some historical data to demonstrate exactly why you should heed that advice. Once you’re in this hobby for a few years, you may find yourself in the midst of what I call a ‘brag fest.’ Whether you’re…

Best Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award travelers is that it’s a complicated hobby. To some degree, they…

6 Tips for Using Points and Miles to Visit London and Paris

New TPG Contributor Amanda Pressner Kreuser of The Lost Girls and her husband, Jason, delayed their dream trip to London and Paris for years, at first due to the high currency exchange rates of the British pound and the euro, then upon the arrival of their first child. However, when the dollar started gaining strength and Kreuser’s mother agreed to babysit, the…

What Is the Best Credit Card for a First Time Applicant?

TPG reader Kashif tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m turning 18 this week and I’m thinking of signing up for a credit card that I could pay off. What’s your suggestion for the best points card for a first-timer?” Happy 18th birthday, Kashif! Before you choose any card, I’d suggest checking your credit score for free…

Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Capital One Venture Card Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects…

Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing…

My Ranking of Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

All airline miles were not created equal. And while some programs are clearly better than others, the only thing that matters is how much value you get from your frequent flyer program. For example, if your preferred airport is only serviced by American – you may value your AAdvantage miles much more than any others….