AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card Is on Its Way

In October Barclaycard announced the release of the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card and AAdvantage Aviator Red card, which will soon replace the US Airways Premier World MasterCard, and are only being offered to existing cardholders. I accepted the invitation to upgrade my card, and I’m excited to now officially be one of the first Aviator Silver cardholders! The Aviator cards are a brilliant…

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…

50,000 US Airways Dividend Miles & 10 Great Ways to Use Them

Learning how to earn points and miles is only one side of the award travel equation. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers ten ideas for putting US Airways miles to use. Airline miles are worthless…until you redeem them for something of value. So since Barclaycard is now offering 50,000 miles as a sign-up…

Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers and Travel Rewards

Credit is an important tool; a sound financial standing can not only get you lower rates for mortgages and other loans, it can also help get you approved for the best rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to use balance transfers to manage your credit so you can…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio and strategize for the travel rewards you hope to earn in 2015. Credit cards are the single most lucrative way to rack up points and miles to travel the world. Personally, my own cards have allowed me to circle the globe in first class…

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the credit card and how many bags you can check. Though it seems like a fairly obvious benefit, many basic…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for January 2015

Happy new year! 2015 brings new opportunities to maximize your travel rewards, both in terms of earning and redeeming the points and miles that will get you where you want to go. One of the most important aspects of your award travel strategy is deciding which rewards credit cards to apply for and carry, since the sign-up bonuses and…

What Credit Card Should I Get for Award Flights to England?

TPG reader Kerry emailed me to ask: “I’m off to England next summer and would love to know what credit card is best to cover the flights. Thanks!” This is a pretty broad question, and the answer depends on factors like where you live, and whether you want to fly Economy class or Business/First class. Without knowing…

How Should I Fly from the US to Hong Kong Using Miles?

TPG reader William emailed me to ask: “I’m planning a trip to Hong Kong from the U.S. this summer; I’d like to fly from ATL, JFK or ORD, preferably in first class. I could fly to other cities in Asia if doing so would make things easier. What are the best options for this trip using miles?”…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…