Points Intervention: Personal vs. Business Credit Cards

Every week, I get a ton of reader e-mail from people asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business use or both. In this new Points Intervention series, I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

My Experience Flying Sun Country Charters to Cuba

The first time I went to Cuba, I booked a last-minute hotel from A. Nash Travel, flying via Grand Cayman and buying a $20 tourist visa there. My second time around, I enlisted the help of Cuba-based luxury travel agent Johnny Considine from Esencia Experiences, Miami-based Jose Pineda of Anthropologie Consulting Journeys and Miami-based travel agency Cuba Travel Services, who all played a role in…

Best Gay Neighborhoods in America

The modern gay rights movement started with a revolt at the Stonewall Bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, and somewhere along the line, LGBT neighborhoods throughout the country sprang up in walkable, Village-like neighborhoods. TPG Contributor Drew Limsky offers up a tour of LGBT-friendly enclaves in cities across America. The Castro—San Francisco There’s probably only…

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…

Amex Business Platinum Adding 30% Pay with Points Rebate

Earlier this year, American Express announced that their Business Platinum card would be losing its 20% Pay with Points rebate—a perk that earned holders of this card 1.25 cents per point (rather than simply 1 cent per point) when redeeming points directly through Amex travel for airfare on any airline. However, they’ve since back-pedaled on this decision, and will now allow holders…

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…

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

Want Expedited Security? Time To Join TSA Precheck, Global Entry or CLEAR

There are currently one million Americans enrolled in TSA Precheck, so the program is making some changes that affect frequent flyers. If you’re a loyal customer of a domestic frequent flyer program and have opted in for the TSA Precheck lane through your program, it’s possible that you’ve already been notified by email that you’ll see a decline in how often you…

Best Credit Cards that Offer Airport Lounge Access

While airport lounges are hit or miss, the hits (and even the misses) can make your travel experience much more comfortable and enjoyable. In this post, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains which credit cards offer lounge access as a standard benefit or otherwise. If I had to guess about the most common online searches performed by travelers, I would say “airport lounge…

My Decision on which Credit Cards to Keep vs. Cancel

Each year I like to take inventory of my credit card portfolio by weighing the benefits of each card and weeding out the ones that aren’t providing enough value. There’s no shortage of new sign-up bonuses to earn, like the recently extended offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or the big targeted offers for the Amex…