Last-Minute Award Travel Ideas for Labor Day 2015

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers ideas for some great award trips you can book for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s hard to believe that summer is already almost over, but Labor Day is just two weeks away! However, there’s still time to enjoy one last summer trip. While last-minute travel tends to be expensive (especially over a…

Can I Change Flights Booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards?

Through December 31st of this year, Chase will give you one extra Ultimate Rewards point per dollar spent on flights (and other qualifying travel expenses) when you book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. That’s in addition to the 2 points per dollar that you get for travel purchases on your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. The bonus has…

Are Amex Centurion Lounges Worth a Detour?

TPG reader Ian writes via twitter: @thepointsguy — “is it worth going out of your way to get to a Centurion Lounge?” The state of domestic airline lounges isn’t all that great. While a lot of airlines are upgrading lounges, they’ve also increased the cost of admission, as well as prices for premium drinks and food. However,…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling: @thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?” Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you…

Can I Use a Global Entry Fee Credit to Pay for Someone Else?

Today’s first question comes from TPG reader Tim, who tweeted me to ask about using Global Entry application fee credits: @thepointsguy — “Can I get the Global Entry reimbursement on my Amex Platinum card for my spouse if I already have it?” I love Global Entry, and if you don’t have it, you should really look into getting…

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…

10 Photos: Golden Decadence and More in Abu Dhabi

In his travel photo essays, TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon includes tips on exploring destinations, redeeming miles, gaining elite status and improving your own photography while traveling. Between TPG posts, follow his photo work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) In my first 10 Photos post, I explored Dubai while visiting friends in the city. As this…

BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card Increases Sign-Up Bonus

Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at a limited-time offer for the BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card. I love when credit cards that usually fly under the radar improve their benefits or enhance their sign-up bonuses in an effort to appeal to more customers. One such card has just announced a change along these lines:…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class, Frankfurt to Los Angeles

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently redeemed a combination of United miles and Ultimate Rewards points for one of the most exclusive experiences in the skies, Lufthansa first class. Here’s his review of the experience aboard the airline’s flagship A380. I spent the months of June and July traveling around the world, and my final…

Travel Rewards Strategies for People with Low Credit Scores

Travel rewards cards can be incredibly lucrative, and while the best sign-up bonuses often require high credit scores and unblemished borrowing histories, you can still get into the game even if your credit record isn’t sparkling. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse explains how your credit score is calculated, and offers strategies for would-be award travelers with less than perfect credit. Credit Score Basics Credit…