Review: JetBlue Airbus A321 — Las Vegas to New York

Earlier this month, TPG Editorial Intern Nick Ellis traveled to Las Vegas and got a chance to fly home on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 during a red-eye flight back to New York (JFK). Read on for his impressions. I recently returned from an incredible trip to Sin City with Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig and TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt, where we…

My 2015 Travel Year in Review

With 2015 nearing its end, I can easily say this has been an amazing year for me. Although there were some announcements that were less than welcomed among the points and miles rewards community, like the long-awaited AA devaluation and the Starwood-Marriott merger, I’ve personally had an phenomenal travel year that I wouldn’t change for…

Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

As I’ve discussed in the past, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a…

Credit Card Customer Service: 6 Times it Can’t Hurt to Ask

The saying goes that good things come to those who wait, but in the points and miles game, sometimes good things come to those who just ask. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains: Credit cards are an incredibly profitable business for banks and other issuers, and even during the Great Recession (when banks…

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 140,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ritz-Carlton Visa Card An important part of maximizing award travel is taking advantage of big bonus opportunities when they pop up. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at a current Ritz-Carlton credit card offer that can get you free hotel nights at…

Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

Following TPG Contributor Nick Ewen’s rundown of the best airport lounges in the U.S., TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne shares her picks for the top 10 hotel club lounges in America, as well as tips on how to earn your way into them through their affiliated loyalty programs and co-branded credit cards. Gaining entry to private club lounges like these will take your future hotel…

Ritz-Carlton Rewards: Double Elite Nights and 100K Points

In the wake of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards‘ significant category changes last year, the luxury hotel chain’s loyalty program seems to be heating up for summer (and beyond) with two new promotions: 1) Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards can earn up to 100,000 points – 50,000 points for a Ritz-Carlton stay of five consecutive nights, plus another 50,000 for another Ritz-Carlton stay of…

Delta American Express Cards Waive Foreign Transaction Fees Starting Today – What Other Cards Don’t Charge Forex Fees?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi Prestige Back in February, American Express announced that the Delta co-branded cards, including the Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards, would start waiving foreign transaction fees as of May 1, 2014, and that day has finally arrived. These…

Top Current Credit Card Bonuses Of 40,000+ Points and Miles

The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well. Summer is coming, and along with…

The Best Hotel Credit Cards For Earning Elite Status

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Yesterday I posted about the best credit cards that help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and I thought it would be helpful write up a companion piece exploring hotel credit cards that…