Why Southwest Rapid Rewards Is Awesome for Domestic Travel

Southwest Airlines often gets overlooked by those in search of a premium flight experience, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart explains why you should include Rapid Rewards in your points and miles portfolio. Southwest has gained a reputation among domestic flyers for the things it doesn’t do. On the positive side, there are no checked bag fees or change/cancellation…

Which Points Should I Redeem to Book a Rental Car?

TPG reader Heather sent me a message on Facebook to ask about rental cars: “I’m trying to rent a car using points; I could rent through Ultimate Rewards with my Sapphire Preferred card, or transfer points to United or Southwest and rent through one of those programs. Which method do you recommend?” To get the most out of your…

Should I Transfer from Chase Freedom to Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Trevor sent me a message on Facebook to ask about combining Ultimate Rewards points: “I was about to transfer all the points from my Chase Freedom card over to my Sapphire Preferred account. I don’t necessarily need them now; is there any reason to wait?” One nice aspect of the Ultimate Rewards program is that…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and fairly constant bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as…

Do Airline Credit Cards Pair Well with Transferable Points?

TPG reader Logan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline credit cards: “What are your views on using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card in tandem with the British Airways Visa? Does it make sense to have both?” It’s important to have a credit card strategy that matches your award travel goals. I often…

Does the Chase Amazon.com Rewards Card Offer Good Value?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning rewards for Amazon purchases: “What do you think of the Amazon branded Visa from Chase. I know I can use the points for cash back and travel; is that a good option?” There are a lot of cash-back credit cards out there, offering a variety of…

Is Chase Freedom Unlimited Good for Non-Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jack sent me a tweet to ask about how to maximize everyday spending: “Which card do you prefer for non-bonus spending: the new Chase Freedom Unlimited or the SPG Amex?” Last month, Chase introduced a new rewards card with an intriguing bonus structure. The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no monthly…

Should I Transfer Points to Southwest for a Companion Pass?

TPG reader Tina sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Is it worthwhile to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a hotel program and then to Southwest in order to earn the Companion Pass?” The Southwest Companion Pass is perhaps the most valuable travel benefit out there, so it’s no surprise that I get a…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for April 2016

It’s time for my monthly roundup of the best travel credit card offers currently available, and April is turning out to be an exciting month! American Express announced a limited-time historically high sign-up bonus on its Hilton Surpass card, while Barclaycard launched its new JetBlue cards and the Starwood-Marriott merger appears to back on again….

Join Me as I Film TPGtv in Tokyo and Osaka

Japan is one of my favorite countries — it’s been about 18 months since my last trip, so I’m excited to be heading back this week to work on some exciting new content for TPGtv with my film crew. One of the things I’ve learned from the first season of TPGtv is that we need to share more points and miles…