Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q2

We love to help our readers avoid as many fees as possible. Using credit card benefits, checked baggage fees are some of the easiest charges to avoid. However, that hasn’t stopped airlines from hitting another new baggage fee record. From April to June 2016, US-based airlines collected over $1 billion — $1,072,856,000 to be exact — in…

How an Expat Went From 0 Credit to 7 Cards and 1 Million Miles

If you’re a newcomer to the US or are just starting to build credit with the goal of opening travel rewards cards, the road ahead of you can deem daunting. But, as TPG Contributor Mike Toledo explains, it’s entirely possible to grow your credit score from scratch and eventually get incredible value out of the most lucrative credit cards…

7 Cards That Have Foreign Transaction Fees But Probably Shouldn’t

There are plenty of great travel rewards credit cards that waive foreign transaction fees, making them ideal options for your travels abroad, but there are still quite a few otherwise great options that tack on these charges. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at some cards that ought to…

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…

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…