Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 United Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 United miles in honor of the airline’s current purchased miles discount for select MileagePlus members. 30,000 miles is enough for a one-way economy flight to Europe. You can also boost your United balance through several credit card bonuses. You can earn 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards…

5 Tips for Planning Great Family Trips

Despite harrowing tales of screaming babies and spilled airplane drinks, traveling with children doesn’t have to be painful. Having lived and traveled abroad with her family of four, new TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler offers her insights into planning more organized, efficient and affordable trips that will create lasting memories for your own family.  In the last…

5 Chase Sapphire Preferred Benefits You Might Not Know About

Travel rewards credit cards tend to make headlines for big sign-up bonuses and premium perks, but there are plenty of other factors that deserve your consideration. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers insights into some of the more subtle benefits of one of my favorite cards. There are a multitude of travel rewards credit cards available from dozens of…

Which Card is Best to Avoid Travel Blackout Dates?

TPG reader Christina tweeted me to ask about how to avoid blackout dates with travel rewards: @thepointsguy — “Your thoughts please: I want a card that lets me use points anytime with no blackouts. Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture?” Flexibility is key these days; with airlines and hotels changing the rules, you need to have points…

The 11 Coolest Artisanal Ice Cream Makers in America

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. Since the temperature keeps rising, TPG Contributor Jason Kessler has highlighted the 11 most inventive artisanal ice cream makers all over America so you can…

Chase Sapphire Preferred Travel Spending Bonus Not Going Away

On Sunday, I answered a reader question about possible credit-card pairings for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which is probably my top all-round travel card thanks to great benefits like waived foreign transaction fees, Smart Chip technology, primary rental car insurance and bonus earning categories of dining and travel. However, some readers seemed to be a…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

JFK’s Historic TWA Flight Center Will Become a 500-Room Hotel

The historic TWA Flight Center, housed in New York City’s JFK Airport, will soon be put to use for the first time in 14 years. Built in 1962, the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal ended operations in 2001. In 2005 the terminal began its transformation into JetBlue’s Terminal 5, but this portion of the project was never completed. Yesterday NY governor Cuomo announced…

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Returns to Category 6

The Maldives is an aspirational vacation destination for many travel enthusiasts, but it can also be one of the world’s most expensive. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it’s not the easiest to get to, and many resorts require a further seaplane or speedboat transfer. It’s about to get just a little bit…