Preventing The Next MH370: Where Are We Now?

 Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the unexpected challenge of locating a commercial airliner, and the technologies that could aid search efforts the next time a plane goes missing. One of the most frustrating aspects of the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the complete lack of answers as to where it crashed and…

Flying on the Airbus A350: Which Airlines and Miles to Use

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at which major airlines have ordered the new Airbus A350, and how you can use miles to test it out. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways became the launch customer of the newest Airbus jet, the A350XWB (XWB stands for extra wide-body). Meant to compete with Boeing’s next-generation 787 Dreamliner, the A350…

How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points

Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of these options offer the best value. Whether you’re new to The Points Guy or a long-time reader, you’ve probably…

Best Ways To Redeem British Airways Avios

Since American Express is offering a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways through January 31, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some of the best ways to redeem them. British Airways Avios sometimes get a bad rap thanks to high fuel surcharges flying to/from London on BA itself. However, Avios are…

5 Award Flights that Don’t Exist at Saver Level

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele calls out several routes where low-level awards are scarce, if they’re available at all. Have you ever felt like airline…

Credit Card Benefits and Strategies for Active Duty Military

A great way to maximize travel is to take advantage of memberships or other affiliations (like an alumni association or AAA) that can earn you discounts and more. With well over one million members on active duty, the United States Military is a prominent example, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the extra benefits credit…

How Much is Hyatt Gold Passport Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Hyatt Gold Passport elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

50,000 US Airways Dividend Miles & 10 Great Ways to Use Them

Learning how to earn points and miles is only one side of the award travel equation. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers ten ideas for putting US Airways miles to use. Airline miles are worthless…until you redeem them for something of value. So since Barclaycard is now offering 50,000 miles as a sign-up…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel credit card should have, such as earning multiple points per dollar on purchases within the hotel chain, and other bonus categories. There are also benefits that some hotel cards have…