The Unfortunate Expansion of Chase’s 5/24 Rule

Travel rewards credit cards figure heavily into most award travelers’ strategies, allowing them to earn valuable sign-up bonuses along with points or miles for everyday purchases. However, as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, one issuer is making it harder to open too many accounts. Many credit card issuers have application restrictions…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Houston-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Houston….

You Can Now Get TSA PreCheck with Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

In response to long TSA security checkpoint wait times, several airlines have been working to help passengers get through the lines quicker. Delta, American and United all offered their own resources to help the situation, and last week, JetBlue announced that it was targeting Mosaic members with free TSA PreCheck memberships. Now, as of today, Southwest is…

Strategies for Meeting Your Elite Status Goals in 2016

With the halfway point of 2016 fast approaching, it’s crucial to have your elite status qualification strategy nailed down. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares some of the top tips for meeting revenue, segment and elite-qualifying mile requirements. We are coming up on the midpoint of 2016, so with almost half of…

6 Great Ways to Redeem 50,000 Rapid Rewards Points for Southwest Travel

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you several ways to put those rewards to work toward your next vacation. In the past, we’ve written about increased…

What is Airline Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re working toward elite status with an airline this year, it helps to know exactly how much value you’ll get for your hard-earned money. To help make the calculation easier, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen compares the various levels of status across the top US-based airlines. Over the last few weeks,…

Work Toward the Southwest Companion Pass by Transferring Hotel Points

Now that we’re well into 2016, it’s time to really start planning out your earning and redemption strategy for the year. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen discusses one strategy for earning the most valuable benefit from Southwest: the Companion Pass. For many points and miles enthusiasts, the Southwest Companion Pass is the most…

How to Create a Points & Miles Strategy for Family Travel

Now that you’re sold on traveling for free or for very little cost, where do you invest your time, energy and spending to earn points? TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler suggests considering these factors to devise a points and miles strategy for family travel. Keeping up on the points game can be a little intimidating at…

Ranking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Award Flights

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 interested primarily in redeeming points and miles for award flights. One of the most common concerns I hear from new…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…