New Gotham Air Helicopter Service Plus Other Chopper Transfers

As anyone who’s flown into or out of an airport that’s way out of town, that limbo between deplaning and hotel check-in can be a travel buzz-crushing drag—especially after an already long flight. If you’ve got the cash (or in some cases, the points), you can have a helicopter whisk you directly to your destination, then back to…

Barclaycard Is On a Roll: More Things They Can Do to Dominate the Travel Reward Credit Card Industry

While there are numerous credit card companies, only a handful offer really valuable travel rewards credit cards. For years American Express was the premier issuer of valuable, transferable points. They still are a major force, but Chase has doubled down in the past five years and offers a huge portfolio of some of the best…

Maximize Monday: Fixed-Value Travel Points

Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired. Follow these links to view the current offers: Platinum Card from American Express, Business Platinum Card from American Express,  Citi ThankYou Preferred, Capital One Venture Rewards Card. The recent launch of Barclaycard’s two new Arrival card (one with no annual fee and one with an $89 annual fee that’s…

Maximize Monday: Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car Rentals

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 car rentals. For many travelers, rental cars can be an unexpected huge expense, so it makes sense for road warriors to use a…

Sunday Reader Question: What is the best way to unload Membership Rewards points?

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  This week TPG reader Dawn asked for advice on how she should unload her Membership Rewards points before her account is closed: “I have been a member of Amex since 1991 and almost as long with Membership…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: No Annual Fee Credit Cards for Travelers

There are a lot of great rewards credit cards out there that offer lucrative sign-up bonuses and opportunities to redeem points and miles for fantastic travel options. One downside to many of them, though, is the annual fees many of them levy on cardholders each year for the privilege of earning those points and miles. Depending…

Maximizing Amex Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  No two American Express cards are the same, so I thought a good place to start on my Maximizing American Express series would be understanding their card offering. I’ve organized them into three categories: Membership Rewards, Airline/Hotel…