My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…

3 Ways to Book Emirates First Class Awards

Despite scrutiny from domestic carriers over unfair subsidies, Emirates (along with Etihad and Qatar) is succeeding at least partly due to the quality of its in-flight product. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how you can book one of the most luxurious award tickets out there — Emirates First Class. One of the things I love most about award travel is being…

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today…

Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll…

My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of…

10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the…