7 of the World’s Most Epic Journeys By Rail

It’s clear that we here at TPG are obsessed with flying, but many of us have a love affair with trains, as well. Traveling by train can feel like a journey back in time, or simply a more romantic way to go from Point A to B. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers her top seven picks for train trips that guarantee breathtaking scenery and the…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get free or discounted breakfast from the top hotel brands. It’s safe to say that if you’re reading this post, you…

Is It Worth Collecting Avios if I Typically Fly Southwest?

TPG reader Ian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth getting the British Airways Visa and collecting Avios if I already have the Southwest Companion Pass for 2015/16? I typically fly more on Southwest than American/BA.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there (if you fly Southwest,…

Last Chance: Chase Freedom 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

As I’ve written about before, I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however, today is the last day for the increased $200…

Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you…

Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So…

Credit Card Combinations for a Hawaiian Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get somewhere practically everyone wants to be, Hawaii! Hawaii is a wildly popular destination,…

Chase Freedom 5% Bonus Category Calendar for 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Chase Freedom Today Chase released a preview of next year’s 5% cash back calendar for the Chase Freedom card. As previously announced, the 2015 categories (which allow cardholders to earn up to 5 points per $1 spent) will include grocery stores, movie theaters, Starbucks, restaurants, gas…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for December 2014

The sign-up bonuses and other benefits of travel credit cards are constantly changing. Bonuses increase and decrease all the time; cards introduce new benefits or take others away, sometimes with little or no notice. An offer that’s available today could be gone…well, later today. That is why it’s useful to stay current on the credit card marketplace…

Earn up to 5x Points per Dollar on Flights Via Hotels.com?

I’ve written previously about online travel agency Hotels.com and the potential for maximizing rewards by booking rooms there via the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. However, only recently I discovered that Hotels.com offers flights in addition to hotels, and according to a TPG reader’s report on Twitter, those flights are equally eligible to earn portal bonuses. I’m cautiously optimistic that…