The Unfortunate Expansion of Chase’s 5/24 Rule

Travel rewards credit cards figure heavily into most award travelers’ strategies, allowing them to earn valuable sign-up bonuses along with points or miles for everyday purchases. However, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, one issuer is making it harder to open too many accounts. Many credit card issuers have application restrictions…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Seattle-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Seattle….

The 5 Best Credit Cards for a Chicago-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Chicago….

10 Cards with Sign-Up Bonuses of 50,000 Points or More

One of the biggest misconceptions about the points and miles hobby is that it takes some serious spending (and time) to earn enough rewards for free travel. That couldn’t be further from the truth; as TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, it’s easy to earn 50,000 points from a single credit card sign-up…

10 Cards with Sign-Up Bonuses That Get You at Least $500 in Value

Update: I’m adding a No. 11 to this list — see below. If you’ve spent any time on this site or are at all interested in the points and miles hobby, you know that credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to quickly earn points or miles that can be used toward flight, hotel and…

My Credit Card Inventory: Summer 2016

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 would be a good time to revisit this subject with an updated look at the pieces of plastic (and metal!) in my…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

How Can I Earn a Small Number of Points or Miles Quickly?

TPG reader Jeffrey sent me a message on Facebook to ask about easy ways to earn rewards: “Do you have any ideas for how I can earn 2,000 British Airways Avios quickly and easily?” Coming up just short of an award redemption can be frustrating (and costly if it means missing out on good flight or hotel availability). While…