ANA Star Alliance Award Search Engine is Back… with a Few Glitches

Back in April, ANA revamped its Mileage Club frequent-flyer program and its web site. While the new award charts have some sweet spots, the web redevelopment pretty much ruined what had been the best Star Alliance award search engine out there, limiting the types of awards you could pull in and the breadth of your search…

Amex Small Business Saturday Is Coming November 28, 2015

Amex has just announced the date of its annual post-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday, which will be on November 28 this year. The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010, and since then, the day has joined the consumer-driven craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Instead of hitting…

10 Perks and Services You May Be Able to Get Just By Asking

Customer service is an important aspect of both the travel and credit card industries, and companies will sometimes go the extra distance to help keep valuable customers satisfied. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at opportunities to save money and pick up useful benefits by simply asking for them. There’s more to award travel than…

Last-Minute Award Travel Ideas for Labor Day 2015

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers ideas for some great award trips you can book for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s hard to believe that summer is already almost over, but Labor Day is just two weeks away! However, there’s still time to enjoy one last summer trip. While last-minute travel tends to be expensive (especially over a…

Are Amex Centurion Lounges Worth a Detour?

TPG reader Ian writes via twitter: @thepointsguy — “is it worth going out of your way to get to a Centurion Lounge?” The state of domestic airline lounges isn’t all that great. While a lot of airlines are upgrading lounges, they’ve also increased the cost of admission, as well as prices for premium drinks and food. However,…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling: @thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?” Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you…

Can I Use a Global Entry Fee Credit to Pay for Someone Else?

Today’s first question comes from TPG reader Tim, who tweeted me to ask about using Global Entry application fee credits: @thepointsguy — “Can I get the Global Entry reimbursement on my Amex Platinum card for my spouse if I already have it?” I love Global Entry, and if you don’t have it, you should really look into getting…

JetBlue Offering 50% Bonus for Buying TrueBlue Points

Now through September 17, 2015, JetBlue is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased TrueBlue points. Unlike the last JetBlue points bonus from April, this one is not tiered. Points purchases from 1,000-2,500 points will not earn a bonus, while purchases of 3,000-30,000 points will earn a flat 50% bonus. TrueBlue points normally cost between 2.75-3.5…

BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card Increases Sign-Up Bonus

Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at a limited-time offer for the BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card. I love when credit cards that usually fly under the radar improve their benefits or enhance their sign-up bonuses in an effort to appeal to more customers. One such card has just announced a change along these lines:…

How to Get a $100 Global Entry Application Fee Credit

As a frequent international traveler, I appreciate anything that helps me save time in the immigration line. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can enjoy the benefits of Global Entry expedited security without having to pay extra. A couple years ago, I arrived in Atlanta from Tokyo aboard a full Delta 747-400. As 375 of my fellow passengers and I…