Booking United Awards Using Partner Programs

United Airlines has partner agreements with 39 separate airlines, not all of which are members of the Star Alliance. Most of these airlines have their own loyalty programs, and many allow you to redeem miles for flights on United airlines — sometimes at a lower cost than United’s award rates. Today, I’ll show you which partner carriers…

Cheap and Creative Around-the-World Award Itineraries

For some award travelers, an around-the-world booking holds a special place on their bucket list. You can book these awards through various frequent flyer programs, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr explains below, it’s often a better deal (and more fun) to piece together your own trip segment by segment. A…

Updated Strategies For Earning Points and Miles With Prepaid and Reloadable Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN A lot has changed in the world of checking/debit alternatives like Bluebird, as well as prepaid/reloadable cards in the past year, so I asked TPG Contributor Jason Steele to write up…

US Credit Cards With Smart Chip Technology

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, I know many of you (like me) are planning some great trips abroad, and are already thinking about which credit cards you should be packing along with your swimsuits…

Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Gas Purchases

TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at credit cards with category spending bonuses, travel shopping portals and at various airline and hotel partnerships as he plots out strategies to maximize points earning on fuel purchases. Perhaps the only good thing about high gas prices is the opportunity to earn more points and miles when you fill…