Maximizing Rapid Rewards, Status Challenge Round-Up, a Sneaky Hotel and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Comparing Premium Transcontinental Service Across Carriers

All the major US-based airlines offer premium-cabin products for flights across the country, but not all of them are created equal. To help you find the best seat on your next coast-to-coast itinerary, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele sizes up the various options. Did you know that the flight from Boston to…

10 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster

Getting through airport security can be one of the most frustrating aspects of traveling — especially with the TSA having the number of issues that we’ve been seeing in the news lately. Passengers have reported outlandish security checkpoint wait times, airlines (specifically American and United) have had to call in millions of dollars’ worth of reinforcements to help…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 United Miles

100,000 miles may seem like an unattainable goal, but earning this stash — and spending it on high-value award flights — is easier than you think. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr shows you how to earn and burn 100k with United’s MileagePlus program. To the veteran frequent flyer, 100,000 miles may seem…

Maximizing RewardsPlus with Marriott and United

In addition to offering their own programs, a variety of major travel brands run partnerships with each other to cross-promote their businesses and encourage customer loyalty. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at one such partnership: Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number…

Earn Up to a 100% Bonus When You Buy United Miles

United is once again offering a bonus when you purchase MileagePlus miles — this current promo’s only available today through 11:59pm CDT on Friday, May 27. If you do purchase miles during this timeframe, though, you can earn up to a 100% bonus. This appears to be a tiered offer, with bonuses ranging from 25% to 100%…

Earn 1,000 Free United Miles for Trying a Personal Finance App

In addition to flying, one of the easiest ways to earn frequent flyer miles is through signing up for promotions that reward you with additional miles. For example, United Airlines’ dining rewards program is currently targeting MileagePlus members with up to 5,000 miles if they’re a new MileagePlus Dining member who signs up for the program. And now, you can…

Deal Alert: Chicago to Australia from $505 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

TSA PreCheck Expands to Four New Airlines

As you’ve probably heard by now, TSA security checkpoint wait times have been incredibly long in recent weeks — sometimes resulting in waits of two hours or more. It’s even gotten so bad that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has threatened to get rid of the TSA in New York-area airports, replacing…