Ranking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Award Flights

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners interested primarily in redeeming points and miles for award flights. One of the most common concerns I hear from new…

How to Book Award Flights with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles to book the flights you want. Don’t let the name fool you…

Thursday Giveaway: 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, in honor of the 40% buy miles bonus promotion. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of TPG’s favorite frequent flyer programs. He pegs the value at 2.0 cents per mile — higher than any other airline program, thanks to fantastic…

Maximizing the Alaska Airlines Visa Companion Fare

Alaska Airlines offers quality service and a lucrative frequent flyer programs; today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can also get exceptional value out of Alaska’s co-branded credit card. Many airline credit cards tout companion certificate benefits. Generally speaking, these certificates allow you to bring a friend or family member along for free (or at…

Why Mileage Multipliers Are a Raw Deal

At a time when airlines are pulling in record profits, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why buying miles to go with your next flight might boost your carrier’s bottom line, but it probably won’t help your own. When you purchase a flight on a major US carrier, you’re often given the option to…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

7 Great Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Award Redemptions

Today, Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at the top awards options in one of my favorite frequent flyer programs, and explains why collecting Alaska Airlines miles should be a priority for all award travelers. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of the most valuable loyalty programs out there. In TPG’s most recent valuations, he…

Testing Visa Signature’s Luxury Hotel Benefits in Las Vegas

There are plenty of ways to maximize your travel even if it isn’t free. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, and describes his recent experience with the program’s benefits. I use points to cover hotel stays whenever I can. That said, sometimes award availability is scarce, and in many destinations, redeeming points either isn’t…

Using Plastiq Online Bill Payment to Boost Rewards

Everyday purchases are a great way to earn travel rewards, but paying with a credit card isn’t always the best option. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr introduces the bill payment service Plastiq, and explains how you can take advantage of new promotional rates to boost your loyalty account balances. If you’re like me, the thought of making a…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…