Should I Use Points or Cash for my Upcoming Hotel Stay?

TPG reader Roman tweeted me to ask about which points to use for a hotel stay: @thepointsguy–”For a one-night stay at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, we have three options: $495 AAA rate, 20K SPG points or 42K Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Which is best?” Deciding whether to use points or cash is tricky, and…

Southwest Airlines 50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus Returns

Chase is once again offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 points for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. This standard offer for this card is 25,000 miles. so this larger bonus is much more lucrative. Here are the full details: Get 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in…

How United’s Explorer Card Can Get You to Europe this Summer

Europe has long been a hot summer travel destination, and this year is no exception. For those of you interested in exploring the old country, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a great option for getting to Europe with travel rewards. As TPG wrote about yesterday, the United MileagePlus Explorer Card just announced a new offer. For…

New United MileagePlus Explorer 50,000 Miles Sign-up Bonus

Chase has relaunched the United MileagePlus Explorer Card with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening, with a waived annual fee the first year, plus two one-time passes for the United Club each year. United MileagePlus Explorer Card LIMITED TIME OFFER: Start with 50,000 bonus miles after you spend…

My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…

Why Chase Freedom Isn’t Just Another Cash Back Card

Chase Ultimate Rewards are among the most valuable loyalty points out there; today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can maximize your earnings with one of the program’s less heralded credit cards. Chase is one of the largest credit card issuers in the United States, and its Chase Freedom Card is clearly one of its…

Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

How to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world. It combines the Old World grandeur…

How to Fly Singapore Airlines First Class for (Almost!) Free

As a follow-up to last week’s post on how to book Singapore Airlines first class awards, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at both award availability and mileage requirements for several specific routes, and the credit cards you can use to fly them for (almost) free. Singapore Airlines first class has been one of…

Fun Summer Trips for Budget-Conscious Travelers

As soon as that summer sunshine hits, everyone seems to crave a getaway, so it can often be hard to find good deals. High-season around most of the U.S. and Europe means higher prices, but TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some destinations that won’t break the bank. For the Carefree and Spirited Adventurer: A U.S. Road Trip…