The Risks of Flying an Independent or Low-Cost Carrier

Grammy-winning UK band Foxes learned the hard way about the dangers of relying on a low-cost carrier. The band was booked on a La Compagnie flight from London’s Luton airport (LTN) to Newark (EWR) the day before they were to join Coldplay’s North America tour. But, when they arrived at the airport, they found that their flight was canceled, and there…

Everything You Need to Know About Amex’s Baggage Insurance Plan

There’s plenty to love about travel, but one of the less appealing aspects is the risk of losing your baggage somewhere along the journey from departure city to your destination. Fortunately, credit card issuer American Express offers insurance to cover you in the event of loss or damage. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason…

Does Chase Sapphire Trip Insurance Apply to Award Tickets?

TPG reader Zach sent me a message on Facebook to ask about trip insurance: “I recently used AAdvantage miles for a flight, and paid the taxes using my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Is the trip interruption/cancellation insurance through Chase still applicable, or does it only apply to paid fares?” Many rewards credit cards offer a variety of travel and consumer coverage to…

Top Rewards Credit Cards for International Travel

Generally, I advocate using whichever rewards card offers the best return in points and miles, but there are other factors to keep in mind when you leave the country. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at four cards that you should think about keeping in your wallet on your next international trip. If you’re…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…

Chase Improves Rental Car Insurance with Fewer Exclusions

Many travel rewards credit cards offer insurance for rental cars and more, but the policies are full of exclusions and exceptions that can leave you unsure about what’s covered. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines one such exclusion that appears to be changing for the better. Reader Cheryl wrote in to the TPG team with a bit…

Should I Buy Trip Insurance from My Airline During Checkout?

TPG reader Cathy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it ever worth purchasing the trip insurance that airlines offer during checkout when buying a flight?” Trip insurance is a tricky subject. I think the main thing to know is the distinction between Trip Protection—which is usually what’s offered when you check out while purchasing a flight…

Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier, Ink Plus International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors…

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…

FAA Suspends US Flights to Tel Aviv – Options for Travelers

After a combat missile launched from Gaza landed approximately one mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) early Tuesday, the FAA grounded all U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours (through 12:15 pm Wednesday EDT), by which time they will further advise. In the meantime, the European Air Safety Agency has issued a strong recommendation that European…