Why Southwest Rapid Rewards Is Awesome for Domestic Travel

Southwest Airlines often gets overlooked by those in search of a premium flight experience, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart explains why you should include Rapid Rewards in your points and miles portfolio. Southwest has gained a reputation among domestic flyers for the things it doesn’t do. On the positive side, there are no checked bag fees or change/cancellation…

Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Flying Blue as a Transfer Partner

Update (5/23/16): We’ve confirmed that Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer instantly to Flying Blue. Chase Ultimate Rewards is one of the best transferable point programs out there, thanks to an incredibly valuable selection of partners, many of which offer instantaneous rewards transfers. The program has just expanded to include an additional transfer option: Flying Blue, the…

Which Points Should I Redeem to Book a Rental Car?

TPG reader Heather sent me a message on Facebook to ask about rental cars: “I’m trying to rent a car using points; I could rent through Ultimate Rewards with my Sapphire Preferred card, or transfer points to United or Southwest and rent through one of those programs. Which method do you recommend?” To get the most out of your…

Should I Get Chase Credit Cards First Due to Restrictions?

TPG reader Aaron sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card applications: “As someone new to the points game, would it make sense to target Chase cards first given the more stringent application restrictions?” The major credit card issuers often limit how many accounts you can have open and how frequently you can apply for new ones. In order…

Earn 100K Points with the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card

Since early Februrary, both the personal and business versions of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card have been offering elevated sign-up bonuses of 80,000 points, but the business card now has an even higher offer. Currently, you can earn a whopping 100,000 Marriott Rewards points when you sign up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card and spend…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass Starting with a 50k Sign-Up Bonus

With the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card currently offering a 50,000-point sign-up bonus, the airline’s popular Companion Pass benefit is relatively easy to earn. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shows you how below. The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is not just extremely valuable; it’s invaluable. Once you earn this benefit, as…

How Secondary Car Rental Insurance Works for Renters Without Auto Insurance

If your travel plans involve renting a car but you don’t have any personal insurance or a card with primary insurance, you may think you need to accept the rental company’s Collision Damage Waiver option. However, as TPG Contributor Akash Gupta explains, having a credit card with secondary insurance is sufficient to cover damage to…

Should I Transfer from Chase Freedom to Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Trevor sent me a message on Facebook to ask about combining Ultimate Rewards points: “I was about to transfer all the points from my Chase Freedom card over to my Sapphire Preferred account. I don’t necessarily need them now; is there any reason to wait?” One nice aspect of the Ultimate Rewards program is that…

4 Common Myths About Solo Travel — And Why You Should Do It Anyway

There’s a big world out there waiting to be explored, but lots of women think they can’t travel if they don’t have someone to go with them. TPG Contributor Rebecca Benson says that’s not true and shares some tips she’s learned from traveling solo in 18 countries. (All photos are by the author). In February, two female Argentine…