How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Take to Transfer?

Ultimate Rewards points make a great foundation for an award traveler’s portfolio. Like other transferable loyalty currencies, these points can be redeemed for highly valuable awards through airline and hotel transfer partners. I currently hold several different credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points, and I put all of my daily spending on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 2x points on travel and…

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…

Can I Change Flights Booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards?

Through December 31st of this year, Chase will give you one extra Ultimate Rewards point per dollar spent on flights (and other qualifying travel expenses) when you book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. That’s in addition to the 2 points per dollar that you get for travel purchases on your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. The bonus has…

Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 United Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 United miles in honor of the airline’s current purchased miles discount for select MileagePlus members. 30,000 miles is enough for a one-way economy flight to Europe. You can also boost your United balance through several credit card bonuses. You can earn 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class, Frankfurt to Los Angeles

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently redeemed a combination of United miles and Ultimate Rewards points for one of the most exclusive experiences in the skies, Lufthansa first class. Here’s his review of the experience aboard the airline’s flagship A380. I spent the months of June and July traveling around the world, and my final…

Applicant’s Remorse: Bitter from a Bigger, Better Bonus

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler (and credit card game player) 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. I don’t remember exactly when…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2015

Loyalty programs change all the time, and so do the credit cards associated with them. Bonuses rise and fall, benefits shift and mileage charts are revalued, all with little or no notice. Staying up to date on the credit card marketplace is imperative for a successful award-travel strategy. That can be a lot to keep track…

5 Tips for Planning Great Family Trips

Despite harrowing tales of screaming babies and spilled airplane drinks, traveling with children doesn’t have to be painful. Having lived and traveled abroad with her family of four, new TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler offers her insights into planning more organized, efficient and affordable trips that will create lasting memories for your own family.  In the last…

5 Chase Sapphire Preferred Benefits You Might Not Know About

Travel rewards credit cards tend to make headlines for big sign-up bonuses and premium perks, but there are plenty of other factors that deserve your consideration. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers insights into some of the more subtle benefits of one of my favorite cards. There are a multitude of travel rewards credit cards available from dozens of…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Each Bonus Category

Readers frequently ask me which rewards card to use for spending in a certain category. Each card has its strengths, and many offer bonus points for certain types of purchases. By using the best card for the job at hand, you can maximize each dollar spent, and earn a solid return of points and miles. Today, I’ll share…