What Are Points & Miles Worth? September 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?” The answer 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…

Comparing Starwood’s Swan and Dolphin Disney World Resorts

The Swan and Dolphin resorts are great options for Walt Disney World visitors, as they’re both SPG properties located inside the park. However, the two hotels offer guests very different experiences. Today, TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett discusses the benefits of each and the differences between them. While there are hundreds of hotel options in Orlando, Walt Disney World…

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…

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:…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Rookie Guide to Award Travel: How to Choose Loyalty Programs

When you get into the points and miles game, one of your first steps will be to choose which loyalty programs to focus on. Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the third installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a breakdown of how to decide which rewards will work best for you. For new award travelers, the sheer number…

9 Reasons I Love My Amex Business Platinum Card

As I was sitting in the American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia the other day, Instagramming how much I was enjoying the fried chicken, I couldn’t help but think about how much I value the benefits of my Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. At a time when many credit cards, including the Citi ThankYou…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Offers New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores week three of a great promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last month, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

When Using the Right Rewards Card is the Wrong Choice

I always look for opportunities to boost my loyalty accounts, but sometimes other considerations take precedent. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why the card that maximizes your points and miles isn’t always the one you should use. Using the right credit card for a purchase is an essential part of maximizing your…

Which Sign-Up Bonuses Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines the sign-up bonuses offered by a variety of airline, hotel and other rewards cards to see which ones offer the best return. Sign-up bonuses are an important factor to consider when looking for a travel rewards credit card. While big spenders can easily afford to go after bonuses with…