Why All Award Travelers Should Earn Transferable Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the story of how a recent point transfer saved the day (and his travel budget), and explains why transferable points should be the focus of your award travel strategy. Flexibility can be your biggest ally in the points and miles game. You’ll often find award inventory by changing…

Choosing the Right Amex Small Business Card

While many people think of travel rewards as pertaining to individuals, small businesses have just as much (or more) to gain by maximizing points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at several business credit card options from American Express that can serve you and your business well. Business credit cards can be…

Where Have All the Amex Transfer Bonuses Gone?

TPG reader Kathryn tweeted me to ask about Amex transfer bonuses: @thepointsguy – “Where have all the Amex Membership Rewards transfer bonuses gone?” There’s a famous song by the esteemed singer/songwriter Paula Cole called “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone,” and that’s the inspiration for your question today, Kathryn. It’s a great one! American Express…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…

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…

When Does Using American Express Travel Make Sense?

One important consideration for points and miles enthusiasts is figuring out where to purchase travel in order to maximize rewards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at Amex Travel to help you decide whether it’s a good option for booking your next trip. Amex has made some changes to its travel portal over the past year, as well as to related…

Kick Back On Nantucket Island This Summer

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky holes up in serenely beautiful Nantucket, Massachusetts, just before the summer season hits. Set 30 miles south of Cape Cod and sprawling over almost 50 square miles, Nantucket feels like it inhabits another era. Its uneven cobbled streets (leave your heels at…

10 Ways to Use the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Sign-Up Bonus

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses can be for earning award travel, but it’s important to understand how to redeem those points once you get them. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some great uses for the sign-up bonus from one popular Amex Membership Rewards card. American Express made some big changes…

Travel to Bar Harbor on Points and Miles

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky is in the mood for lobster and the great outdoors — so he takes us to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Lightly populated with year-round residents, vacation spot Bar Harbor is located on Maine’s beloved Mt. Desert Island, which takes in a good…

Points Intervention: Personal vs. Business Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus Every week, I get a ton of reader e-mail from people asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business use or both. In this new Points Intervention series, I help individuals and…