To Claim or Not to Claim: Car Rental Insurance with Credit Cards

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) Thanks to miles…

10 Perks and Services You May Be Able to Get Just By Asking

Customer service is an important aspect of both the travel and credit card industries, and companies will sometimes go the extra distance to help keep valuable customers satisfied. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at opportunities to save money and pick up useful benefits by simply asking for them. There’s more to award travel than…

Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football 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.) If you can get a couple months…

National Car Rental One Two Free Promo Begins Today

It’s August, and that means it’s time again for National Car Rental’s annual One Two Free promo. National Emerald Club members who register will earn 300 points for each paid rental of a mid-size or larger vehicle for any period of two or more consecutive days between August 20, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Note that 600 points is enough…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…

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…

6x AA Miles with Hertz, 5,000 Club Carlson Points Per Night

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 5,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points for Radisson Nights Club Carlson members can get 5,000 bonus Gold Points each night at select Radisson hotels throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. You must book the Summer5K rate and use the…

Silvercar’s Coming to New York City this Summer

Innovative startups have “disrupted” the travel industry in many ways over the past twenty years. From Expedia and Orbitz to ZipCar, Uber, various sailboat rental apps and subscription-based airline SurfAir, industry-bucking companies are usually good news for travelers looking to save some time and/or cash. Silvercar is one such disruptor, and although our experiences have been hit-or-miss,…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…