Favorite Places: The Magical Zappos Outlet Store

Our weekend series, “Favorite Places,” features beloved travel destinations, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more from different members of the TPG team. TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaaten gives us the lowdown on his favorite place to shop for travel-gear bargains — the Zappos.com/6pm.com outlet.  In the small city of Shepherdsville, Kentucky  — fittingly set on Zappos.com Boulevard — is…

How About VAT? — Don’t Forget the Traveler’s Tax Break

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly travel and credit card mistake series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. One of my favorite things to do…

Earn Bonus United Miles Through MileagePlus Shopping This November

The holiday season brings a variety of point and miles earning opportunities. Whether it’s gifts for your favorite traveler or maximizing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, you can do many things to boost your account balances before the end of the year. One of the best ways to do this is through airline shopping portals, and…

Earn Bonus Delta Miles Through SkyMiles Shopping This November

The holiday season brings a variety of point and miles earning opportunities. Whether it’s gifts for your favorite traveler or maximizing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, you can do many things to boost your account balances before the end of the year. One of the best ways to do this is through airline shopping portals, and…

Are Online Shopping Portals as Rewarding as They Seem?

TPG reader Ben sent me a message on Facebook to ask about shopping portal bonuses: “25 miles per dollar spent on flower delivery service seems crazy. That can’t be right, can it?” One of the best (and easiest) ways to maximize purchases is by taking advantage of online shopping portals. While bonuses vary depending on the portal you use and the…

Top Travel Rewards Cards, Win Alaska Miles, Free HHonors Gold Status & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

What Happens to Items in a Return Protection Claim?

TPG Reader Jake tweeted me an interesting question about return protection: @ThePointsGuy — “Any idea what happens to the items credit card companies take back from return protection benefits? I’m curious!” In addition to benefits like bonus spending categories, elite status and lounge access, a lot of credit cards offer various protections to make cardholders more confident in their purchases. These…

Earning Delta SkyMiles without Flying

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –  Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express Not everyone can travel frequently enough to rack up healthy balances in their frequent flyer accounts. Luckily, though, there are lots of…

Shop eBay on Airline Portals Soon for 3x Points/Miles Offers

Great news for those who love points and miles and shopping for bargains: As of this month, online retailer eBay has partnered with the airline shopping portals for Alaska, American, Southwest and United, allowing you to earn points and miles on your purchases. And now, to celebrate eBay’s 20th year in business, these shopping portals are offering limited-time bonus…

New Chase Freedom Mobile App Lets You Redeem Rewards In-Store

With a just-announced mobile app, the Chase Freedom card is offering a new way to redeem your cash-back rewards at 30 of the country’s biggest stores, restaurants and movie theaters. The app is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android devices. In addition to checking your rewards balance and activating 5% cash-back categories each…