Thousands of Flights Cancelled as Hurricane Matthew Approaches Florida

After ripping through the Caribbean, major Hurricane Matthew is approaching the Florida coast. Based on the latest forecast, landfall is expected to occur overnight Friday morning just north of West Palm Beach. The storm is expected to strengthen even more today. The forecast calls for the storm to reach category 4 (out of 5) hurricane strength before landfall. For reference, Hurricane…

Chase Freedom Q4 5x Bonus: Wholesale Clubs, Department & Drug Stores

Chase Freedom’s latest promotion is officially available for enrollment. From October 1 to December 31, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on purchases made at wholesale clubs (BJ’s, Sam’s Club and Costco), drug stores and — just in time for holiday shopping — department stores. But, no matter how generous you’re feeling this holiday season, the 5%/5x…

JetBlue’s Flying to Cuba First, With One-Way Fares from $99

JetBlue just announced the starting dates for its flights to Cuba, which are also now available to book, starting at just $99 each way from Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Not only is JetBlue offering cheaper tickets on it’s inaugural flight to Santa Clara than competitor Silver Airways, which will also fly the route nonstop, it’s also beginning service one day earlier on…

10 Photos: Exploring Byron Bay, Australia

TPG contributor Kathryn Romeyn takes us on a tour of Byron Bay’s stunning sands, powerful waters, musical eateries and top boutiques. (All photos by the author, except where noted). When I decided to base myself in Sydney, Australia, for four months, virtually everyone I knew or met told me I should go to Byron Bay. That,…

10 Photos: Bali’s Best Beaches

Thanks to two lengthy visits to Indonesia, TPG contributor Kathryn Romeyn has explored many of Bali’s beautiful beaches, from the white sands of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula to the intense aqua waters of neighboring Lombok. (All photos by the author.)  From the moment I set foot in Bali, I was hooked — the first time, when I flew to Ngurah Rai International…

Fly United to Sydney For Just 60,000 Miles Round-Trip

United often runs limited-time award sales, letting you redeem fewer miles than usual for round-trip flights to popular tourist destinations. The airline frequently offers discounted award rates on flights to Europe and Hawaii, but this time United is running a sale on award flights to Sydney, Australia, getting you there and back for just 60,000 miles in…

7 Travel Wallets to Bring on Your Next Trip

The Points Guy himself brings along two wallets while traveling: a smaller one for everyday use that can hold an ID, a little cash and some of his favorite credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum (both of which have no foreign transaction fees), and a larger wallet to hold extra credit cards and copies of travel documents in the event of…

How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are…

How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption…

Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out…