How to Get Airline Elite Status Quickly in 2016

As we start a new year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers tips and advice on earning airline elite status quickly in 2016. When it comes to airline elite status, the landscape in 2016 is going to look a lot different than in previous years. Delta and United made enormous changes to their award-mileage and…

8 Credit Card Perks to Work Toward in 2016

Ready for a fresh start? Now that it’s 2016, it’s time to start working on your points and miles strategy. Of course, credit cards can play a huge role in helping you redeem some great travel awards. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help you see which cards can get…

Can I Earn Miles When I Fly with a Companion Certificate?

TPG reader Jerry sent me an email to ask about earning rewards on companion fares: “Can you earn Rapid Rewards points when using the Southwest Companion Pass? I understand the companion is ineligible, but what about the person who holds the pass?” Airline companion fares are a great way to score flight discounts, as you can cut your overall cost…

Last-Minute Elite Status Strategy in 2015: Delta Medallion

It’s that time of year again. As the clock winds down on 2015, many flyers’ attention turns to qualifying or requalifying for elite status. This week, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covers the elite-status programs of the three major legacy carriers in the US, and shows you how to rack up those last-minute miles before…

7 Points and Miles Tasks to Complete Before the End of 2015

With 2016 only two months away, it’s a great time to take stock of your points and miles activity from the current year, and to meet any lingering spending requirements before it’s too late. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you through an essential checklist for getting your loyalty accounts in order….

Choosing the Best American Express Card for You

Taking advantage of top offers on travel rewards credit cards can be a great way to boost your account balances and unlock valuable redemptions. However, navigating the sea of available products can be overwhelming, especially for someone new to the points and miles hobby. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help,…

The Inside Scoop on the Amex Centurion (Black) Card

Amex is notoriously tight-lipped about Centurion, its “secret” credit card for top spenders. I haven’t received an invitation to join, but if I did get an offer, I’d still opt for an Amex Platinum + Premier Rewards Gold combo instead, which provides far more bang for your buck. However, as TPG Points and Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains today, that $2,500…

Earning Delta SkyMiles without Flying

Not everyone can travel frequently enough to rack up healthy balances in their frequent flyer accounts. Luckily, though, there are lots of other ways to earn miles — and TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen will walk you through them below. One of the most common refrains I hear from friends and family…

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…