Alaska Changes Mileage Plan Earning on American-Operated Flights

Update: The original Alaska Airlines announcement featured a chart that excluded mileage earning for ‘P’ and ‘W’ fare classes. However, the carrier has updated its chart with the addition of the two fare classes, and this post has been updated to include the new chart. Last year, American Airlines detailed the future of its AAdvantage program. For a while, flyers…

Costco Members Can Shop at Sam’s Club Through July 4

On June 20, Costco officially switched from accepting only American Express cards to accepting only Visa credit cards. The switch was delayed from earlier this year because the transition took longer than expected, but now the co-branded Visa Costco card is available and open for sign-ups. Last year, Costco competitor Sam’s Club began accepting Amex…

US and Singapore Team Up for New Trusted Traveler Program

If you frequently travel to Singapore, this could be good news for you: Starting today, citizens of both the US and Singapore can apply online for a just-launched Trusted Traveler Program (TTP), which grants expedited immigration clearance at the countries’ respective checkpoints. This means if you qualify for the program, you’ll be able to use the…

Deal Alert: US Cities to Europe from $425 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…

The Best 5 Credit Cards for a New York-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of New…

10 of the Most Remote Destinations You Can Fly to Using Points And Miles

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares 10 far-flung destinations worth visiting, all of which can be reached using travel rewards. Like many award travel enthusiasts, I’m often guilty of sticking to the beaten path, redeeming my points and miles for flights to major cities like Tokyo, Milan and Buenos Aires. But for today’s post,…

Should I Pay to Transfer Points or Miles to My Account?

TPG reader Krupa sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I have A-list and Companion Pass status with Southwest. Meanwhile, my husband (who is my listed companion) has accumulated about 20,000 points in his Rapid Rewards account. It would cost around $200 to transfer them to me. Is that worthwhile?” Most airline and hotel loyalty programs…

Will the AAdvantage Program Waive Revenue Requirements?

TPG reader Alex sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage elite status: “If my address is not in the US, do I still need to meet American’s EQD requirements to earn status in 2017?” After holding its ground for several years, American Airlines recently announced that it will follow Delta and United by adding a revenue component…

Does the Amex Platinum Airline Credit Cover Lounge Access?

TPG reader Louis sent me a message on Facebook to ask about getting into the Admiral’s Club: “Can I use the airline fee credit on my Amex Platinum card to get into the American Airlines lounge in Chicago?” There are a number of travel rewards cards that offer credits for airline incidentals. These can help you cover expenses like checked bag…

Should I Fly Business Class to Europe or on the Way Back?

TPG reader Ali emailed me to ask about transatlantic flights: “I’m planning to fly from Miami to Madrid with my wife and three young children. I have enough miles to fly business class in one direction; would you recommend we do that on the way to Europe or on the way back?” I try to fly in business…