An Embarrassing US Passport Renewal Mix-Up

Imagine sending your precious passport in for a renewal and getting it back with someone else’s face on it. Unbelievably, that’s what happened to TPG Intern Raven Brunson. Here’s her incredible story. I was planning an amazing trip to Paris with one of my friends and as we were going through our pre-departure check list, I…

Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners…

Maximizing Starwood’s Unique Airline Transfer Options: Part 1

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest points when transferring to airline partners. American Express is currently offering their Starwood Preferred Guest card with a 30,000 points sign-up bonus for a limited time on both personal and business cards. While these points can be quite valuable for award nights…

Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses: When To Wait for a Bigger Offer

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card, Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash, Freedom, Starwood Preferred Guest Personal and Business TPG contributor Jason Steele digs into the top credit card bonuses and gives us an analysis of whether the current sign-up bonus is worth getting, or waiting for…

Hawaiian Airlines Series: Maximizing HawaiianMiles Airline Partner Awards

This is the fourth post of our series on using Hawaiian Airlines for those folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard. So far we have looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, the new card’s share miles benefit, and whether it’s worth converting HawaiianMiles to Hilton HHonors…

Points Hero of the Day: WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum – Makes Facebook Close $16 Billion Deal To Preserve Award Ticket

Every so often we hear stories of people who take extraordinary measures to maximize their hard-earned points and miles, so we’re starting a new series honoring those that go above and beyond the call of duty (and sometimes reason) to take that award flight or secure that primo hotel suite. And as a hat tip…