Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for February 2015

Deciding which credit cards to apply for is among the most important factors in your award travel strategy. The sign-up bonuses, earning structures and other benefits many of these cards carry can help you rack up points and miles quickly, and help make your travel experience more enjoyable. However, just like airline and hotel programs are…

Business Credit Card Comparison: Bonus Categories

I try to maximize my points and miles by using credit cards that offer spending category bonuses for all my purchases, including business expenses. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at which business credit cards offer the most rewards to help you do the same. Just about all rewards credit cards offer one…

Can I Use the US Airways Companion Pass After the Merger?

TPG reader Bjorn tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What will happen to the US Airways Companion tickets after the merger? My wife and I still have one each.” In just a couple months, US Airways and American Airlines will finally merge their frequent flyer programs. This step has a lot of implications for both programs, as well…

Staying Healthy While Traveling, the CrossFit Way

Looking for a good way to stay in shape on the road? Then take a deep breath, lift with your legs, and let TPG Contributor Nick Ewen introduce you to the always-changing, never-boring CrossFit fitness model, which has gyms around the globe.  It’s been likened to a cult, has its own language (members will talk your ear off…

What’s the Best Credit Card to Earn Free Domestic Flights?

TPG reader Stacey tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What’s the best travel rewards credit card to earn free flights for domestic travel?” The answer to this question depends heavily on another: what airline(s) do you like to fly? I think the 50,000 point sign-up bonus offers on the Southwest credit cards are a great deal, and are worth over $700…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Adds Two New Benefits

Citi has sent out flyers notifying cardholders that the  Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature has added some new benefits. Annual Loyalty Bonus You’ll now earn a bonus of 10,000 Hilton HHonors points when you spend $1,000 or more annually on stays within the Hilton Portfolio, and pay with your Citi Hilton Visa. In my latest monthly valuations I list HHonors…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

Citi ThankYou Premier Changes Bonus Spending Categories

Citi is modifying the bonus spending categories on the Citi ThankYou Premier card, some for the better and some for the worse. Beginning on April 19, 2015, cardholders will earn 3 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on a wide range of travel expenses (including gas), and 2 points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment, while continuing to…