Flight Review: New Qantas A330 Business Class Sydney to Perth

On his recent trip to Australia, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen got the chance to fly Qantas’ new business class from Sydney to Perth. Here’s his review of the experience. There are more airline options than ever to get to Australia from the US, including the recent announcement of American Airlines’ new service from LAX-Sydney…

Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…

Up to 50,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles with American’s Buy Miles Offer

Through June 12, 2015, American Airlines is running a promotion that allows you to earn up to 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when you buy AAdvantage miles for as little as 2.06 cents per mile, either for yourself or as a gift. This chart shows how many bonus miles you’ll receive for different increments of purchased miles: My Thoughts As usual, the question is whether you should buy…

By the Sea: Laguna Beach, California

In the second installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky assures you that you actually can go home again—to Southern California’s stunning Laguna Beach, where he spent several happy years.   Full (and proud) disclosure: I lived in Laguna Beach from 2008 to 2013. My place was across the street from the Heisler Park,…

Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores

Earlier this year, I shared how credit scores are calculated and which credit cards offer cardmembers a free look at their credit scores. In late February, though, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it’s urging major credit card issuers to provide free credit scores and related information to their customers. Several more cards and issuers have since hopped…

How Do I Use Points And Miles from a Rewards Credit Card?

I received our “super-newbie question of the week” from TPG reader Jessica, via Facebook: “I’m interested in getting a credit card for miles and points, but I’m not sure which one to choose. My main question is, how do you use the miles and points? Do they automatically come off your account when you pay, or do you…

The Top Current Business Credit Card Offers

Update: Some offer mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash, CitiBusiness ThankYou Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Spark Miles for Business, Spark Cash for Business With the current limited-time 60,000-point sign-up bonus offers after $5,000 spent in…

Top Credit Cards With No First Year Annual Fee

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express Personal and Business Cards, Capital One Venture Card There are some great travel credit card offers out there at the moment, and to entice new customers, many issuers are offering…

Top Current Credit Card Bonuses Of 40,000+ Points and Miles

Summer is coming, and along with it the travel high season in much of the world. A lot of readers have been writing to me about getting their travel plans in order and using miles to get to popular destinations where airfares and hotel rates are too high to be an option. Not only that,…