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…

Deal Alert: US to Europe From $530 Round-Trip on Delta

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Amex Now Offers Free FICO Scores to Consumer Cardholders

Once the dominant player in the rewards credit card marketplace, American Express has in recent years faced increasing competition in this space from relative newcomers, including Chase and Barclaycard. In an effort to stay on top, though, Amex has lately been revamping the benefits of several of its credit cards, including the Starwood Preferred Guest Card and the…

easyJet Passenger Tasered on Plane Over Baggage Fee Incident

Well, here’s a situation we didn’t cover in our recent Survival Guide to Low-Cost Carriers: According to this BBC report, a man on an easyJet flight from London-Gatwick (LGW) to Belfast (BFS) yesterday was tasered after an argument over luggage. And to think, TPG thought Ryanair was the worst airline in the world! According to…

Why Mileage Multipliers Are a Raw Deal

At a time when airlines are pulling in record profits, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why buying miles to go with your next flight might boost your carrier’s bottom line, but it probably won’t help your own. When you purchase a flight on a major US carrier, you’re often given the option to…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Can I Pay for Delta Tickets with SkyMiles and Cash?

TPG reader William wrote in with a question about Delta SkyMiles: “There used to be an option to redeem Delta SkyMiles and cash to book a ticket. Did they take that option away? It would be nice to use some miles and pay for the rest on my Amex card.” There’s no doubt Delta has been…

When Using the Right Rewards Card is the Wrong Choice

I always look for opportunities to boost my loyalty accounts, but sometimes other considerations take precedent. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains why the card that maximizes your points and miles isn’t always the one you should use. Using the right credit card for a purchase is an essential part of maximizing your…

When Delta SkyMiles Saves the Day

Despite devaluation after devaluation, Delta SkyMiles are still far from worthless. Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig shares his latest SkyMiles discovery. For better or worse, United is “my” airline. While TPG swears by AA and his Executive Platinum status, I’m perfectly happy as a United 1K. I get good value from MileagePlus, and while I…

Which Sign-Up Bonuses Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines the sign-up bonuses offered by a variety of airline, hotel and other rewards cards to see which ones offer the best return. Sign-up bonuses are an important factor to consider when looking for a travel rewards credit card. While big spenders can easily afford to go after bonuses with…