Southwest Adds Belize and Other International Destinations

I don’t fly Southwest often, partly because of their relatively limited route network. However, their list of destinations keeps growing, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares yet another addition, along with some tips for how to boost your Rapid Rewards balance. Southwest is undergoing a major expansion, but rather than just…

Last Chance: 50,000 Rapid Rewards Sign-Up Bonus Ends Tomorrow

For those who have been thinking of getting the lucrative sign-up bonuses for the Southwest Airlines, it’s rumored that the 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and business Plus cards will be ending tomorrow, December 2nd. To get the full bonus on any of these…

Southwest Companion Pass: 16 Things Every Flyer Should Know

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most coveted awards out there, and considering how much value it holds, it’s surprisingly easy to earn. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips that even…

Should I Get the Southwest Companion Pass Now or in 2015?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card TPG reader Mike tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is now the best time to get the Southwest credit card if I want the Companion Pass, or should I wait until 2015?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is one…

What are the Most Aspirational Hotel Award Redemptions?

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?” Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning…

Three Credit Cards for the Domestic Economy Traveler

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored…

Roundup of Current Shopping Portal Bonuses

Shopping portals are an easy way to earn bonus points or miles on your everyday online purchases. Usually, shopping portals pull out the big bonuses and offers for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, as well as other prime shopping periods like Mother’s Day or back-to-school season. This year there seems to be a new trend, as some shopping portals…

Earn Bonus Southwest and Marriott Points, Hyatt Gift Card Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 7,500 Bonus Marriott Reward Points for Canada Stays You can earn 1,500 bonus Marriott Reward Points per night (with a maximum of 7,500 points per stay) at select Marriott properties in Canada. The offer includes stays…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for November 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card Credit card sign-up bonuses are constantly changing; an offer that’s here today might be gone tomorrow, and bonuses on a single card can rise or fall 50,000 points overnight. It pays to stay on top of…

7 Airline Policies that Punish Leisure Travelers

Airlines are in business to make money, but it’s important that they balance their bottom line with the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some airline policies that are tipping that balance in the wrong direction. Last week I wrote about the effect of revenue-based frequent flyer…