Should I Earn Airline Miles or Transferable Points?

TPG reader Bill sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning points: “Would it be better to get a United card and earn miles, or get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and transfer those points to United?” Deciding which credit card to use is an important step in maximizing your return on everyday spending. A lot of cards offer…

Building Credit from Scratch, Southwest’s International Destinations, Around-the-World Awards 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:…

The Ridiculous Thing That’s Delaying Flights 

As infuriating as flight delays can be, there are plenty of good reasons for why a plane may not be ready for takeoff at its scheduled time, like extreme weather, not-so-extreme-but-still-inclement weather and late-arriving aircraft. One excuse that’s not likely to fly with passengers? A broken coffee maker. Yet that’s the official reason some passengers…

United and Delta are Cutting Capacity on UK Flights

In the wake of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, United Airlines has revealed plans to reduce capacity on flights to some UK cities from its hubs in Newark (EWR) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). Specifically, the airline will suspend its Dulles to Manchester service this winter. Further, United expressed that it will downgauge…

How an Expat Went From 0 Credit to 7 Cards and 1 Million Miles

If you’re a newcomer to the US or are just starting to build credit with the goal of opening travel rewards cards, the road ahead of you can deem daunting. But, as TPG Contributor Mike Toledo explains, it’s entirely possible to grow your credit score from scratch and eventually get incredible value out of the most lucrative credit cards…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

United Will Test Out Automated Security Lanes at Its Hubs This Fall

Given the long wait times travelers have grown accustomed to, especially during the summer, airlines are using their own resources in an attempt to improve TSA wait times. Delta recently tested out new TSA automated screening lanes at its hub in Atlanta (ATL), increasing efficiency by 30% at each lane, while American Airlines recently announced it would follow suit at Phoenix (PHX), Chicago…

Fare War Continues: US to Hong Kong from $330 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Update: Both American Airlines and Delta have matched United’s fares to Hong Kong from several US cities including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco….

Deal Alert: US Cities to Los Angeles from $128 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…

Maximizing United’s Award Routing Rules

Like the two other major US legacy airlines, Delta and American, United has drastically changed its MileagePlus frequent flyer program in recent years. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at the current state of MileagePlus and how you can maximize the program’s routing rules to get the most from your miles. Following…