Using Southwest’s No Change Fee Policy to Maximize Points

Southwest has built its brand around providing low fares with no fees. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart describes how you can use the airline’s lack of change fees to stretch your points and save on award travel. Recently, I wrote about how Rapid Rewards offers great value to domestic flyers. Thanks to the program’s cost-based award pricing, you can maximize your points…

Why Southwest Rapid Rewards Is Awesome for Domestic Travel

Southwest Airlines often gets overlooked by those in search of a premium flight experience, but today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Peter Rothbart explains why you should include Rapid Rewards in your points and miles portfolio. Southwest has gained a reputation among domestic flyers for the things it doesn’t do. On the positive side, there are no checked bag fees or change/cancellation…

Should I Get Chase Credit Cards First Due to Restrictions?

TPG reader Aaron sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card applications: “As someone new to the points game, would it make sense to target Chase cards first given the more stringent application restrictions?” The major credit card issuers often limit how many accounts you can have open and how frequently you can apply for new ones. In order…

An Easier Path to the Southwest Companion Pass, More TSA Mayhem, Saving on Paid Airfare and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass Starting with a 50k Sign-Up Bonus

With the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card currently offering a 50,000-point sign-up bonus, the airline’s popular Companion Pass benefit is relatively easy to earn. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shows you how below. The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is not just extremely valuable; it’s invaluable. Once you earn this benefit, as…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and fairly constant bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as…

10 Tips for Maximizing Southwest Rapid Rewards

Southwest isn’t your average US-based airline. This carrier stands out thanks to customer-friendly policies like no change or cancellation fees and great benefits such as the Companion Pass. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Rapid Rewards program. I enjoy flying in…

Do Redeemed Points Count Toward the Southwest Companion Pass?

TPG reader Cara sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Do I need to have 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in my account to qualify for the Companion Pass, or do they still count even if I redeem them.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable travel rewards…

Maximizing Your Points and Miles in Puerto Rico

TPG Contributor Lane Nieset explores the many ways to maximize your points and miles on a trip to Puerto Rico. (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) Puerto Rico is an island that deserves much more time than just a few hours while your cruise ship is in port. Make this Caribbean island a destination…