CLEAR Expedited Airport Security Program — Is it Worthwhile?

Without getting on a soapbox, I think it’s fair to say that the TSA won’t be winning any popularity contests in the near future. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your suffering, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains. 15 years ago, going through airport security was a simple process. You simply got into THE line, put…

Top Credit Cards, Bonus AA & US Airways Miles, Orbitz Credit

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015 Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are…

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2015

As airline and hotel loyalty programs change constantly, having a coherent, powerful credit card strategy is more important than ever. Factors to consider include sign-up bonuses, earning bonuses and structures, and the host of other benefits that cardholders stand to gain — like free checked bags, elite status and more. By maximizing these benefits and using the right…

Maximizing Purchases and Redeeming Awards at Disney Resorts

Disney World is known for many things, and being inexpensive isn’t one of them. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the best ways to use points and miles toward a Disney vacation, and ways to maximize purchases while you’re there. For Disney fans, there’s no resisting the lure of…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February 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…

Qantas Added as Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer Partner

Citi ThankYou Rewards has made another stride forward by adding Qantas as its eleventh airline transfer partner, and twelfth transfer partner overall. After ThankYou Rewards massively expanded its transfer options last summer (with the addition of 9 new partners, including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles), the program bulked up further when it added Flying Blue in August and…

Amex and Costco to End Exclusive Relationship, Date Others

After a sixteen year run, American Express and Costco will end their exclusive relationship. Effective March 31, 2016, American Express cards will no longer be accepted at Costco, effectively ending Amex’s monopoly on Costco credit transactions. This will also spell the end of the co-branded TrueEarnings Card and the corresponding business version, though they’re still available for the time…

Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…