Top 5 Factors to Look for in Transferable Points Programs

Transferable points are the cornerstone of a robust travel rewards portfolio, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to talk about these kinds of programs and what qualities and benefits you should expect from them. When it comes to travel rewards, transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards—which you accrue in a central…

How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

Credit Card Combinations for a Costa Rica Vacation

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Costa Rica. Over the past month, I’ve explored how award travelers could construct specific…

Top Business Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Offers

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can boost your loyalty accounts even more with business credit cards, and shares the top sign-up bonus offers on the market right now. Last week, TPG posted his monthly list of the Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers. Taking advantage of sign-up bonuses like these is an easy…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio and strategize for the travel rewards you hope to earn in 2015. Credit cards are the single most lucrative way to rack up points and miles to travel the world. Personally, my own cards have allowed me to circle the globe in first class…

9 Great Ways to Maximize 50,000 British Airways Avios

Credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to boost your loyalty account balances, but knowing how to use the points and miles you earn will stretch your travel even farther. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some lucrative options for redeeming the 50,000 point sign-up bonus from the Chase…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite credit cards because you get double points on all travel and dining. The travel category includes all…

Should I Use Amex Pay With Points or Transfer to Partners?

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “How do I determine whether it’s better to use the Pay with Points option or transfer my Amex Membership Rewards points to a frequent flyer program?” I love Amex Membership Rewards points, and I use them almost exclusively for transfers to airline partners, because that’s where I can get…

Top Credit Cards, Free Breakfast at Marriott, Hertz Bonus

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Check out the Top Credit Card Offers for 2015 Here’s my list of the top credit card offers for the month of January, 2015. For more information and details on each card, visit this post. 1. Platinum Card from American Express …

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the credit card and how many bags you can check. Though it seems like a fairly obvious benefit, many basic…