Football Frenzy — 32 Teams in 60 Days on Points and Miles

Love football as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Here’s his way to see a whole lot of football for not that many points and miles. (As of this writing, all flights listed below have availability — and all stadium photos are used courtesy of the individual stadiums.) If you can get a couple months…

Travel Rewards Strategies for People with Low Credit Scores

Travel rewards cards can be incredibly lucrative, and while the best sign-up bonuses often require high credit scores and unblemished borrowing histories, you can still get into the game even if your credit record isn’t sparkling. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse explains how your credit score is calculated, and offers strategies for would-be award travelers with less than perfect credit. Credit Score Basics Credit…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Each Bonus Category

Readers frequently ask me which rewards card to use for spending in a certain category. Each card has its strengths, and many offer bonus points for certain types of purchases. By using the best card for the job at hand, you can maximize each dollar spent, and earn a solid return of points and miles. Today, I’ll share…

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…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five…

Why All Award Travelers Should Earn Transferable Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the story of how a recent point transfer saved the day (and his travel budget), and explains why transferable points should be the focus of your award travel strategy. Flexibility can be your biggest ally in the points and miles game. You’ll often find award inventory by changing…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…

Best Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts

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. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award travelers is that it’s a complicated hobby. To some degree, they…

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have at Once?

TPG reader John messaged me to ask a credit card question: “How many credit cards is too many? Given what you’ve said about the relatively low impact on your credit score, it would seem that 5-10 would be okay. Do you agree? How many cards do you have open at once? What kind of strategy do you recommend?”…