How the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Offers Great Flexibility for Travel Redemptions

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard has long been one of my favorites due to the flexibility it offers for redeeming for travel-related expenses that can’t be covered (at least, not efficiently) with other types of points or miles. And now that it’s offering a higher sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (vs. 40,000 miles…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q2

We love to help our readers avoid as many fees as possible. Using credit card benefits, checked baggage fees are some of the easiest charges to avoid. However, that hasn’t stopped airlines from hitting another new baggage fee record. From April to June 2016, US-based airlines collected over $1 billion — $1,072,856,000 to be exact — in…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the…

Get $525 in Travel With the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Card

Up until last year, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard was one of the most appealing travel rewards credit cards on the market, thanks to the flexibility it offered — you could redeem points to offset the cost of any travel-related charge of $50 or more while receiving a 10% rebate on redeemed points in the…

Review: Allegiant World MasterCard from Bank of America

Until recently, Allegiant was the largest airline in the US that didn’t have a loyalty program. This changed when it introduced the Allegiant World MasterCard from Bank of America, which offers points toward airfare purchases. In today’s post, I want to take closer look at this card and its program, and compare it to the value offered…

Which Credit Card Payment Network Offers the Best Foreign Exchange Rates?

You may know to avoid cards with foreign transaction fees when you’re making purchases abroad, but many travelers overlook the fact that payment networks offer different foreign exchange rates. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele investigates which network gets you the best deal, and provides some top picks for cards to use overseas. …

Should I Ever Use a Card that Earns One Point Per Dollar?

TPG reader Graham sent me a message on Facebook to ask about mile and point valuations: “I use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus since it earns two points per dollar on everything. Is there any reason to use another card (like Chase Sapphire Preferred) if I’m only earning one point per dollar? Isn’t it better to earn double the…

10 of the Most Remote Destinations You Can Fly to Using Points And Miles

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares 10 far-flung destinations worth visiting, all of which can be reached using travel rewards. Like many award travel enthusiasts, I’m often guilty of sticking to the beaten path, redeeming my points and miles for flights to major cities like Tokyo, Milan and Buenos Aires. But for today’s post,…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s…

My Credit Card Inventory: Summer 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard At the beginning of the year, I took stock of my current credit cards and decided to add a few while axing some others. Now that we’re halfway through 2016, I thought it…