5 Lesser-Known Things that Affect Your Credit Score

Earning points and miles through a variety of lucrative credit card bonuses can open up tons of amazing travel options. But to really work this hobby to your advantage, you need a solid credit score. Today, TPG Contributor Vikram Birring goes back to basics with a look at several things that you may not even…

Welcome to the TPG Travel Rewards Community — and Thank You!

The results are in on my recent survey about travel rewards, and while it’s clear that not everyone with travel rewards credit cards is using them to their full potential, I offer you my congratulations: as a regular reader of The Points Guy, you’re already learning how to maximize your points and miles to travel the world at a discount (or even…

Buying/Upgrading British Airways Business & Earning AA Miles

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Redeeming United Miles for Airport Purchases

As part of $120 million worth of ongoing renovations to Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), United passengers can now pay for on-site food and merchandise with their MileagePlus miles rather than cash. To facilitate this new process, the high-traffic terminal is providing public use iPads at various seating areas that enable MileagePlus fliers to scan their boarding passes or enter…

12 Crazy Forms of ID To Get Through Airport Security

If you’ve ever arrived at the airport only to realize you’ve forgotten your driver’s license or passport – or worse, had either lost or stolen during your travels – there may be no reason for panic. As it turns out, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) actually allows some flexibility when it comes to alternate forms of identification to green-light you through security….

How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad…

If I Ditch the Last Leg of My Ticket Will I Earn Miles?

This week TPG reader Alan tweeted: “@thepointsguy if I don’t fly the last leg of my ticket will I still earn QM for the ones I did?” Ditching the last leg of an itinerary is known as “throw away ticketing” where you may book a cheap ticket to a destination, but at the end of…