What Are Points & Miles Worth? February 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?” That question 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—both…

Amex Premier Rewards Gold New Benefits and Increased Fee

Today, American Express announced upcoming changes to bonus categories and benefits on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, including increased points earning at restaurants, a new $100 airline fee credit, and no foreign transaction fees, beginning June 1, 2015. The annual fee will also be increased from $175 to $195. While the value of the benefits outweighs the…

Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Where Should You Credit United Flights After March 1st?

Next month, a lot of United MileagePlus members will start feeling the pain of the new revenue-based system program. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for getting the most out of your future flights. Last year, Delta announced that it would stop crediting frequent flyer miles to travelers based on the distance flown,…

Ten Commandments for Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Loyalty programs come with enough rules to put Parker Brothers and Hasbro to shame. However, learning to abide by the unwritten rules is equally important. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the gospel of travel rewards credit cards to guide you along the righteous path to award travel. As the saying goes, “Everyone makes mistakes,” and the points and miles…

Air Canada’s New TD Aeroplan Visa for US Cardholders

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new credit card option for earning mile in the Air Canada Aeroplan program. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has long been one of my favorite ways to book Star Alliance award flights. While you might not fly Air Canada often, there are several options for earning…

Why 2015 Is the Year to Plan a Europe Trip

To help you prepare for the upcoming summer travel season, I’ve assembled links to some previous posts that highlight tips for saving money and maximizing rewards for your vacation plans this summer. Airfare Iceland for $99 each-way, London for $205 each-way La Compagnie Business Class NYC – London $1,007 Roundtrip Norwegian Air to Start Offering Low Fares to US Overall,…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

How to Use Airline Miles for Award Travel to Tokyo

Tokyo is having a moment. It seems like every other day readers are asking how to use their miles to get there, whether it’s to experience cherry blossom season or check out new hotels like the Andaz, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a handy guide for using miles to get to the Japanese…