Our Million-Point Asia Experience — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Snag 10,000 Points for Each SPG Amex Referral

Here’s one more reason to be thankful for friends and family: Through June 15, 2016, Amex and Starwood are offering 10,000 bonus Starpoints for each referral you make to either the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express. Assuming your friend or family member applies…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass Starting with a 50k Sign-Up Bonus

With the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card currently offering a 50,000-point sign-up bonus, the airline’s popular Companion Pass benefit is relatively easy to earn. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shows you how below. The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is not just extremely valuable; it’s invaluable. Once you earn this benefit, as…

How Secondary Car Rental Insurance Works for Renters Without Auto Insurance

If your travel plans involve renting a car but you don’t have any personal insurance or a card with primary insurance, you may think you need to accept the rental company’s Collision Damage Waiver option. However, as TPG Contributor Akash Gupta explains, having a credit card with secondary insurance is sufficient to cover damage to…

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…

Can I Upgrade My Credit Card Without a New Application?

TPG reader Brock emailed me to ask about upgrading a credit card: “I currently have an Amex EveryDay card and use it a ton on groceries and other purchases, but I’m interested in the Everyday Preferred card. Could I call American Express and convert from one to the other? If so, will they run another credit check,…

4 Common Myths About Solo Travel — And Why You Should Do It Anyway

There’s a big world out there waiting to be explored, but lots of women think they can’t travel if they don’t have someone to go with them. TPG Contributor Rebecca Benson says that’s not true and shares some tips she’s learned from traveling solo in 18 countries. (All photos are by the author). In February, two female Argentine…

You’ll Have to Pay for Parking at Some Vegas Hotels Beginning June 6

In January, MGM announced that it was going to start charging for parking at some of its resorts in Vegas — something that was previously free of charge. The original implementation date was set for April, but that month came and went and no changes or pricing amounts were shared. But now, MGM has released the parking program implementation…

6 Great Ways to Redeem 50,000 Rapid Rewards Points for Southwest Travel

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you several ways to put those rewards to work toward your next vacation. In the past, we’ve written about increased…