Changes to Lounge Club Program for Chase Ink Customers

Chase just sent a letter to Chase Ink cardholders informing them of upcoming changes to the Lounge Club program. Currently, new Chase Ink customers receive 2 complimentary passes to airport lounges through the Lounge Club program; however, this benefit will be discontinued effective April 30, 2015. If you’re currently a Chase Ink customer — including the Ink Plus…

One Million Americans Now Enrolled in TSA Precheck

This morning, the Transportation Security Administration announced that enrollment in its TSA Precheck program has crossed the one million mark. Roughly 4,000 travelers per day now sign up for TSA Precheck, which enables low-risk travelers to move more efficiently through select screening lanes at 133 U.S. airports. Have you signed up for TSA Precheck yet—or for that matter,…

Is American Express Membership Rewards Travel Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Amex Travel booking engine to see what value it offers. There are many websites and travel services that guarantee* you the lowest price, greatest privileges, and best booking experience.  However, they don’t all walk the walk. In this post, I’ll look at the American Express Travel online booking engine (along with the…

How to Stay Connected While Traveling: Phones, WiFi, & More

For better or worse, it’s getting easier and easier to plug in everywhere you go. Whether you need to stay connected for business or just want to stay in contact with loved ones, you’ve got options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains just what those options are. We live in a digitally connected…

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,…

My Thoughts on the Pending Amex/ JetBlue Breakup

This past weekend credible sources started to report that American Express is about to lose one of its long term co-branded partners: JetBlue. This came on the heels of American Express announcing that it will part ways with Costco, which has been a huge retail partner for years. While the loss of JetBlue won’t be as impactful from…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

Discounted Hyatt Gift Cards for Amex Platinum Cardholders

Through March 31, 2015, Amex is offering American Express Platinum cardholders a 25% Membership Rewards discount on Hyatt gift cards. With this offer, a $100 gift card will cost 9,000 Membership Rewards points instead of the usual 12,000. You can redeem for hotel stays, dining, spa visits, and more; however, note that these gift cards are only good for use…

Gogo WiFi Passes for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

Back in December of 2014 I wrote about an announcement from American Express that Amex Business Platinum cardholders would receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually starting in 2015. These passes, which are now available, can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the flight length and whether it’s domestic or international. This is in addition to the…