Maximizing Online Purchases with Airline Shopping Portals

One of the keys to award travel is making sure you maximize points and miles on every dollar you spend. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains an easy way to boost your earnings. Many of my friends wonder how I rack up hundreds of thousands of points and miles each year. While some…

Starwood Giveaway, Delta Australia Fare Sale, Bonus AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  SPG Launches “Hear The Music” Concerts & Contests Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could win prizes like concert tickets, 50,000 Starpoints, or free trips. Earn one entry for every two nights booked through spg.com or the…

Earn 2,250 Bonus Miles with AAdvantage Shopping Portal

Online shopping portals are a fast and simple way to boost your points and miles when shopping online. Sometimes, portals offer spending bonuses that provide an even better return. Through April 29, 2015, you can earn up to 2,250 American Airlines miles by shopping through the AAdvantage eShopping portal. Offer Details   Receive 250 bonus miles when you spend…

Best Travel Bookshops in the U.S.

Even though e-readers and tablets are becoming increasingly common, brick-and-mortar bookstores (and paper-page books, for that matter) aren’t quite yet a thing of the past. Excellent independent bookstores are not only still open for business in cities and communities throughout the country, some even specialize—and thrive—in the travel niche. TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel shares some of the best travel-focused bookstores in America that serve…

Common Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr describes some ruses you’re likely to come across on your travels, and how to make sure you don’t fall for them. A vacation can go downhill in a hurry when you find yourself the victim of fraud. Even if your trip goes smoothly, you may return rested and relaxed only to review your finances and realize…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

SkyMall Catalog Files for Bankruptcy: A Sad Day in Travel

Fellow Americans and travelers, it appears that a dark day has arrived, bringing the demise of the SkyMall catalog, whose quirky, silly and over-the-top products have kept us all chuckling and/or puzzled on many a domestic flight. To mark this mournful occasion, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne takes a look back at SkyMall’s highs and lows—and offers some…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ink Plus 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…