Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for 2016

If you’re looking to leverage an airline elite status match or challenge, it can be hard to keep track of all the options out there. To help simplify things, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you through the major carriers’ current offerings below. It seems hard to believe, but we’re almost through…

Alaska Mileage Plan Members Will Soon be Able to Earn and Redeem Miles on JAL

Update: Alaska published the earning rates for JAL flights. Note that the base miles and premium-cabin bonus miles will count toward Alaska elite status: Earnings are nearly identical to what you’ll get with American Airlines: While Alaska Mileage Plan isn’t quite as rewarding as it once was, following the recent (and sudden) devaluation of Emirates business and…

Airlines Collected Over $3.8 Billion in Baggage Fees in 2015

After topping $1 billion for the first quarter ever in Q3 2015, US-based airline baggage fees dropped to “just” $958 million in the 4th quarter of 2015. However, for the full year of 2015, airlines reported over $3.8 billion in revenue from baggage fees — the most reported in any year. Here’s the list of the airlines that collected the…

How to Pick a Credit Card for Everyday Non-Bonus Purchases

With so many solid credit card options out there, it can often be difficult to decide which is the best choice for a given purchase. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explores the various factors to consider when deciding upon a card for non-bonus purchases. There are many ways to maximize your point…

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…