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…

JetBlue Offers Amazing Fare Sale From $33 One-Way

JetBlue is known for amazing flash sales and great customer service. While this sale doesn’t include $30 transcontinental flights, short, medium and long-haul routes are heavily discounted for fall and winter travel. Round-trip flights can be as low as $66, with one-way fares starting at just $33. Better yet, availability is pretty wide open on…

Thursday Giveaway: Enter to Win a $500 Ritz-Carlton Gift Card

This week we’re giving away a $500 Ritz-Carlton gift card that can be used at participating properties worldwide, excluding Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and other Ritz-Carlton partner hotels (although you are able to use the gift card at Edition Hotels). Use the $500 gift card toward your next stay, or for a fun dining experience, spa treatments or other on-site…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card 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…

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…