Airlines Collected Over $3.8 Billion in Baggage Fees in 2015

After topping $1 billion for the first quarter ever in Q3 2015, US-based airline baggage fees dropped to “just” $958 million in the 4th quarter of 2015. However, for the full year of 2015, airlines reported over $3.8 billion in revenue from baggage fees — the most reported in any year. Here’s the list of the airlines that collected the…

Review: The Savoy, London

You can earn two free nights at The Savoy (or any other Fairmont property) after you spend $3,000 in the first three months with the Fairmont Visa Signature Card. TPG Contributor Mitch Berman stayed with his family for the first two nights of 2016 at the legendary Savoy, London. Read on for his impressions of…

Review: Norwegian Air 787 Economy Class — New York to London

TPG Contributor Mitch Berman recently took his family from New York (JFK) to London Gatwick (LGW) round-trip on Norwegian Air, an airline he’d never flown before. Here’s his review of his JFK-LGW economy flight experience. Visit Mitch and his son Kofi Lee-Berman’s photo blog here. (Photos are by the author unless otherwise noted.) Norwegian Air is…

11 Top Credit Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees for 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Whether you’re traveling abroad or making a purchase through an international retailer, it’s essential to use a credit card that doesn’t incur foreign transaction fees. Luckily, there are plenty of good options available. TPG Senior Points & Miles…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q3 2015

This week, the Department of Transportation released baggage fee revenue for Q3 2015. For the first quarter ever, baggage fees collected by US-based airlines topped $1 billion. The ~$1,018,892,000 in baggage fees collected during the quarter is more than a $59 million (6%) increase from the previous high-water mark set in the third quarter of 2014. American Airlines — now combined with US…

The Best 6 Cards for Holiday Purchases

Update: The Chase Freedom bonus categories mentioned below are no longer available. View the current bonus calendar here  It’s December and the holidays are creeping ever closer, so if you haven’t reached the end of your shopping list, you’ll want to do so soon. To make sure you’re maximizing your holiday gift purchases, TPG Senior…

Should I Get the Bank of America Travel Rewards Card?

TPG reader Raji sent me a tweet to ask about a credit card loyalty program that doesn’t get a lot of ink: @ThePointsGuy — “How do you rate the Bank of America Travel Rewards card for traveling and earning points?” Cash-back and fixed-value rewards aren’t a focus of my personal award travel strategy, because I generally…

Ranking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Hotel Stays

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners interested primarily in redeeming points for free hotel stays. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award…

Ranking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Award Flights

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners interested primarily in redeeming points and miles for award flights. One of the most common concerns I hear from new…

BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card Increases Sign-Up Bonus

Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at a new 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: Beginning this…