A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Why I Use Chase Sapphire Preferred for Most of My Purchases

I frequently get asked how I’m able to earn so many points and miles to open up valuable award redemptions like Singapore First Class, Korean First Class and JAL First Class, to name a few. One important part of the answer is my rewards credit card strategy, as I often take advantage of lucrative sign-up bonuses (like the current…

Why All Award Travelers Should Earn Transferable Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the story of how a recent point transfer saved the day (and his travel budget), and explains why transferable points should be the focus of your award travel strategy. Flexibility can be your biggest ally in the points and miles game. You’ll often find award inventory by changing…

Chase Sapphire Preferred to Lose First Friday Bonus

The Chase Sapphire Preferred routinely makes the list of top travel rewards cards, in part because it earns 2 points per dollar on travel and dining expenses. Furthermore, for the past few years, Chase has offered a bonus point promotion (3 points per dollar total) for dining purchases made on the first Friday of each month. This…

Not Spending Enough Could Cost You

Every travel site will tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes.  Collecting big sign-up bonuses on credit card offers is by far…

5 Reasons to Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Now

Chase Sapphire Preferred has been my go-to card for travel for quite some time. Sure, I use plenty of other cards on a regular basis, but I charge more to my Sapphire than any of the other cards in my wallet. It’s a Visa Signature card, and as a result, has a minimum credit limit of…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…

Baseball Binge — 30 Teams in 20 Days on Points and Miles

Love baseball as much as you love a good redemption award? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten does too. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of baseball for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) Even if you’ve only…

New Chase Freedom and Discover It Bonuses Start Today

Today, we’re entering the third quarter of 2015, which means new 5% quarterly rotating categories for the Chase Freedom and Discover It cards. As a reminder, each of these cards offers 5x points or 5% cash back per $1 on up to $1,500 worth of purchases at specific merchants or categories of merchants. These bonus merchant categories change every quarter (so four…

One Day Left to Earn 20,000 Bonus Points with Chase Freedom

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Chase Freedom Earlier this month, Chase launched a lucrative limited-time bonus offer for the Chase Freedom card of 20,000 points when you spend $500 in the first three months. That offer is set to expire June 24, so if you’ve been waiting to…