6 Reasons to Get the New Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard

Despite several changes over the last year, Amtrak’s Guest Rewards program offers some great value. Now that Bank of America is offering a co-branded Amtrak credit card, you may be wondering whether it’s a good option for you. To help you decide, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at this product’s…

What To Do If You’re Declined for a Credit Card

No one likes getting denied for a credit card application, but as TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains, not all hope is lost if you find yourself in this situation. Read on for a variety of tips for appealing the decision and improving your likelihood of getting approved. Even with the most detailed…

Booking Cathay Pacific First-Class Awards with Alaska Mileage Plan

Due to the recent American Airlines award chart changes, first-class flights to Asia on Oneworld partner Cathay Pacific are no longer a good deal. However, as TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is still an excellent option when it comes to redeeming for this premium-cabin award. Nothing’s ever certain…

Is My Companion Ticket Valid If I Cancel My Credit Card?

TPG reader Steven sent me a message on Facebook to ask about companion fares: “Will I lose my Travel Together Ticket from British Airways if I cancel my card, or does it stay with my Avios account?” There are a number of rewards credit cards that offer airline companion tickets either as a standard benefit or as a reward for spending. Some…

6 Alaska Awards That Still Make Sense to Book

Long some of the most appealing uses of Alaska miles, Emirates awards are now much more expensive. To help you prioritize Mileage Plan redemptions in light of this change, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert runs through other partner itineraries that continue to offer a great value. There’s no shortage of news on the…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? April Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Everything We Know About Alaska’s Plan to Take Over Virgin America

Early this morning, Alaska Airlines confirmed its plans to acquire Virgin America in a deal worth some $4 billion. What in the world makes Virgin America worth such a high amount? Alaska does its best to explain… Who, What, When, Where Assuming regulator approval, Virgin America will be property of Alaska Airlines by this time…

A Points & Miles Guide to Paying Your Taxes

With April 15 around the corner, most of us have taxes on the brain. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shows you how to get the most out of these inevitable payments by choosing the right travel rewards card and paying online. They say that there are no sure things in life…

Alaska is Offering PreCheck for 10k Miles: Here’s Why You Should Look Elsewhere

We often write about why you should get TSA PreCheck — the benefits of expedited security at 100-plus airports around the country are hard to deny, after all. If you haven’t yet joined the program, offers like this most recent one from Alaska Airlines may pique your interest. Currently, the carrier will let you redeem…

9 Cards That Can Get You Enough Miles for a Free Flight

You don’t need to travel much or charge significant amounts to your credit cards to earn award flights; as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, there are several products that offer enough miles or points for a free flight just for meeting the sign-up bonus spending requirement. In this hobby, we constantly…