Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q2

We love to help our readers avoid as many fees as possible. Using credit card benefits, checked baggage fees are some of the easiest charges to avoid. However, that hasn’t stopped airlines from hitting another new baggage fee record. From April to June 2016, US-based airlines collected over $1 billion — $1,072,856,000 to be exact — in…

Credit Cards That Offer Rental Car Elite Status in 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express Though it may not be as exciting as earning free airline lounge access or status with a hotel, getting perks at a rental car company can improve your trip and help you…

Flight Review: Hawaiian A330-200 in Economy — LAX to Maui

En route to the Hawaiian island of Maui (OGG), TPG Intern Mark Kellman flew JetBlue’s Even More Space (premium economy) from JFK-LAX, but because JetBlue doesn’t fly to Hawaii, he flew from LAX-OGG on JetBlue code-share partner Hawaiian Airlines. Here’s his review of the transpacific standard-economy experience aboard Hawaiian’s A330-200, the largest aircraft flown by any carrier on this route. Booking the Flight I…

Making Family Vacations Affordable: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

it’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so i thought i’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. there are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post i’ll…

Your Layover Guide to Mumbai (BOM)

The “Your Layover Guide” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as suggesting things to do if you have time to explore the nearby city. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through the hustle and bustle…

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,…

Comparing Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard Benefits

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Cash Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can maximize your travel by taking advantage of some lesser known benefits on your travel rewards credit cards. When you think of top credit card rewards and…

13 Benefits Every Airline Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to explain which airline credit card benefits are most important to help you decide what to look for when applying. When it comes to airline credit cards, there are some standard benefits that every one should have, like earning multiple miles per dollar on specific airline purchases, or giving cardholders free checked bags….

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses to Get Before They’re Gone

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card With some credit card sign-up bonuses exceeding previous offers, others appearing to be in peril due to tenuous brand relationships, and still others facing devaluations within their points programs, it’s a great time to take advantage of…