Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

It’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so I thought I’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. There are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post I’ll…

How to Fly with a Friend Using Credit Card Companion Tickets

I think many readers will agree that traveling is more fun when someone else is along for the ride. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for bringing a fellow traveler on your next trip at a steep discount. The next best thing to traveling on an award ticket…

Food Tours: Taste Your Way Around the World

Culinary tourism is on the rise, but you don’t need to book a table at the hottest new restaurant in town to taste the best a destination has to offer. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us through a few great food tours around the globe, in cities and regions beloved for their cuisine. (But don’t get so…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? June 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…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer, Ink Plus The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? April 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?” That question 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—both…

Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class New York to Paris ~$1,000

On the heels of the Los Angeles- Jakarta flights for $380 R/T on Delta this morning, per One Mile at a Time, there are some great deals on Business Class flights from New York to Paris this summer, available for under $1,000 when booking for two people by applying the AARP discount ($400 off) as well as a…

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…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore Europe

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Europe. Over the last few months, TPG Senior Points & Miles contributor Jason Steele and I have…