Air Canada’s New TD Aeroplan Visa for US Cardholders

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new credit card option for earning mile in the Air Canada Aeroplan program. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has long been one of my favorite ways to book Star Alliance award flights. While you might not fly Air Canada often, there are several options for earning…

Why Are Americans So Unaware of Credit Card Rewards?

I’ve been in the points and miles game for years now, and knowing how lucrative it can be with minimal effort, I’m always perplexed by how many people never even play. Every time I see someone paying with cash or a debit card, I shake my head. Even apart from the sign-up bonuses offered by many travel rewards cards, you can make a killing by…

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses to Get Before They’re Gone

With some credit card sign-up bonuses exceeding previous offers, others appearing to be in peril due to tenuous brand relationships, and still others facing devaluations within their points programs, it’s a great time to take advantage of several credit card offers that are currently available, but might not be for long. Whether you’re looking to simply increase your…

My Thoughts on the Pending Amex/ JetBlue Breakup

This past weekend credible sources started to report that American Express is about to lose one of its long term co-branded partners: JetBlue. This came on the heels of American Express announcing that it will part ways with Costco, which has been a huge retail partner for years. While the loss of JetBlue won’t be as impactful from…

Hyatt 20% Points Refund on Award Stays Through July

Hyatt Visa cardholders are being offered a limited-time benefit of 20% points refunds on award stays now through July 31, 2015. Here are the details: Register here by March 31, 2015 with your Hyatt Gold Passport number. Book a stay with points and complete your stay before July 31, 2015. Get 20% of your points…

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus to AeroMexico

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and Premier Rewards Gold card, as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 20% bonus on transfers to AeroMexico now through March 6, 2015. Normally Membership Rewards points transfer to AeroMexico Club Premier at a 1:1 ratio, so if you transfer 1,000 points, you end up with 1,000 Club Premier…

My AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card Welcome Packet Arrives

Last October, Barclaycard revealed its plans to convert existing US Airways Premier World MasterCard accounts to the new AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard or the AAdvantage Aviator Red card following the imminent merger of the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs. Last month, Barclaycard began sending upgrade invitations to existing cardholders. While the actual card won’t arrive until later this year, last week…

How to Book Marriott Award Stays When You’re Short on Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you first have to earn them. At least, that’s how it usually works. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how Marriott lets you spend points even before they reach your account. Being a points and miles enthusiast can induce some anxiety. You might worry that an unannounced devaluation will derail…

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Diamond Status Spending Bonus

With the recent announcement that Hilton HHonors is launching lifetime Diamond elite status, I thought I’d write a little reminder about another great (and faster!) way to earn Hilton Diamond status: spending on the Hilton HHonors Reserve card from Citibank. As a reminder, the card offers the following sign-up bonus and benefits: Sign-up Bonus: Earn 2…

Top Credit Cards for Cash Back Rewards and Statement Credits

I love to travel, so I tend to focus on credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits. However, diversification is critical to a successful points strategy, and that includes considering the cash-back options out there. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the best cash back cards to earn a return on your spending, travel or otherwise. Travel rewards are…