The Complicated Way Amex Awards Membership Rewards Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you have to be able to use them. TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele recently learned the hard way that American Express sometimes makes it more difficult than it should be to access the points you’ve earned. Here’s his take. Early this spring, I signed up…

Virgin America Partners with ScoreBig for Entertainment Awards

Virgin America just announced a partnership with live-event ticket marketplace ScoreBig. By doing so, the airline is following in the footsteps of many rewards programs that have begun focusing on experiences and entertainment, including Brian’s favorite, SPG Moments. This new partnership allows Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program members to earn up to 10 points per…

Select M Life Elite Members Now Get a Free Annual Celebrity Cruise

Update: As referenced below, unfortunately Hyatt elites are not eligible — you’ll need to earn status directly through M life in order to receive the annual cruise. Recently, we’ve seen several rewards programs partner up, with airline, hotel and car-rental companies pairing off to bring their customers reciprocal benefits. Among them are Starwood and Delta’s Crossover…

Earn $100 Cash Back with the Chase Freedom (Targeted)

Good news for Chase Freedom cardholders! Chase sent out what appears to be a targeted offer to some card members, letting you earn a bonus of $100 cash back as long as you spend $500 per month from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. With six months of spending, you’ll need to charge at least $3,000 in total to…

One Day Left to Earn 20,000 Bonus Points with Chase Freedom

Earlier this month, Chase launched a lucrative limited-time bonus offer for the Chase Freedom card of 20,000 points when you spend $500 in the first three months. That offer is set to expire June 24, so if you’ve been waiting to apply, today is the day! The Freedom card’s sign-up bonus is usually just 10,000 points…

Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is currently having a sale, offering one-way flights starting at $29 from Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana and Washington, D.C. for domestic, nonstop travel on select dates between August 22 and October 20, 2015. But it’s about to come to an end; tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm ET on June 24, 2015 — so act quickly!…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories – Grocery Stores

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards — and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles at the grocery store with credit card bonuses and more. The average American household will spend between $150-300 each week…

Dynamic Currency Conversion and Why You Should Avoid It

A great way to maximize your travel is to minimize your costs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can avoid spending money you don’t intend to while traveling abroad. When you travel, there are many ways to be ripped off. You might find an unscrupulous tour operator or an unlicensed taxi (like the one I encountered in…

Why the Wyndham Rewards Visa Is Now a High-Value Hotel Card

The landscape of award travel is constantly changing, and it’s helpful to periodically reassess which loyalty programs and travel rewards cards offer you the best value. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele takes a deeper look at the Wyndham Rewards Visa, and explains why it deserves your attention. Hardly a month goes by without news of a…

How Citi’s Price Rewind Benefit Can Save You Big Bucks

In addition to earning points and miles, an easy way to keep travel affordable is to get the best price on your other purchases, since every dollar you save is one you can spend on your next vacation. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one Citi card benefit can help you do both at…