Credit Cards and Travel Perks for Active Duty Military

From Admirals Club access to waived baggage fees, active duty military personnel receive certain perks when traveling in and out of uniform. Just ahead of Memorial Day, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explores the benefits available to the men and women in the armed forces. The last seven years of my life have never provided a dull moment. Since joining the…

A First Timer’s Guide to Great American Backpacking Treks

Trekking through America’s vast wilderness provides a chance to strip down to basics, cast off distractions and reconnect with nature and ourselves. If planning your first backpacking trek seems intimidating, read on as TPG Contributor Liz Song of wilderness backpacking site Snowqueen & Scout highlights five trails that will challenge, empower and fill you with awe — and offers tips for feeling both prepared and safe along…

9 Ways to Earn More Points and Miles by Double Dipping

To maximize your travel, it’s important to squeeze all the rewards you can out of each opportunity. In this post, TPG Senior Point & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains some strategies for boosting your loyalty account balances by earning from more than one source at a time. Through flights, hotel stays, credit card sign-up bonuses and everyday purchases, you…

How Do FoundersCard Hotel Benefits Compare to Amex FH&R?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how to find the best rates and get more for your money by using FoundersCard hotel benefits. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” I’ve found that this is especially applicable to most premium travel and credit card products. Even though cards like Citi…

8 Reasons to Get the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Some travel rewards credit cards have strong sign-up bonuses, while others have useful ongoing benefits. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one co-branded United Airlines card fits into both categories. Last week, Chase and United Airlines announced a new offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. For a limited time, you can earn 50,000…

9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

Air France KLM 50% Off Flying Blue Promo Awards July-August

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers a new set of Promo Awards each month where you can book award flights at 25%-50% off the normal rates for travel on certain routes and in certain classes of service. The list of awards you can book between now and…

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…

How to Fly Singapore Airlines First Class for (Almost!) Free

As a follow-up to last week’s post on how to book Singapore Airlines first class awards, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at both award availability and mileage requirements for several specific routes, and the credit cards you can use to fly them for (almost) free. Singapore Airlines first class has been one of…

Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Adds $100 Global Entry Credit

After launching an improved sign-up bonus for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card earlier this morning, Citi is making more good news by announcing a major improvement to one of its premium travel rewards cards. Starting today, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard will offer a statement credit of up to $100 to cover application fees for either Global Entry or…