Maximize the Southwest Card’s 50,000-Point Bonus on Flights to the Caribbean

Last winter was a brutal one for much of the US. So if you’ve been contemplating a tropical getaway in anticipation of next winter, the new 50,000-point sign-up bonuses after $2,000 spent within the first 3 months from Chase on all its Southwest co-branded cards — including the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card personal and business versions,…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away a $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card that can be used anywhere Southwest flies in celebration of the increased 50,000 sign-up bonus for these cards. You’ll earn 50,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card. To enter this giveaway,…

A First Timer’s Guide to Great American Backpacking Treks

Trekking through America’s vast wilderness provides a chance to strip down to basics, cast off distractions and reconnect with nature and ourselves. If planning your first backpacking trek seems intimidating, read on as TPG Contributor Liz Song of wilderness backpacking site Snowqueen & Scout highlights five trails that will challenge, empower and fill you with awe — and offers tips for feeling both prepared and safe along…

Your Layover Guide to Mumbai (BOM)

The “Your Layover Guide” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as suggesting things to do if you have time to explore the nearby city. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through the hustle and bustle…

Travel to Cannes on Points and Miles

In the latest installation of our “By the Sea” summer destination series — and just in time for the Cannes Film Festival, where The Points Guy is today — TPG Contributor Drew Limsky gets his Riviera on. The illustrious site of the annual film festival (now through May 25), Cannes is a vibrant place to bask…

Flying First Class with Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at ways to fly first class by taking advantage of flexible points and airline transfer opportunities. One of the thrills of award travel is being able to book flights in first class, a luxury that’s often unaffordable when paying with cash. To book a first-class…

Southwest Airlines 50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus Returns

Chase is once again offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 points for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. This standard offer for this card is 25,000 miles. so this larger bonus is much more lucrative. Here are the full details: Get 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? April Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Saying Goodbye to Foreign Transaction Fees

One of my foremost considerations when I spend money abroad is to avoid foreign transaction fees, which can easily wipe out the value you get from earning points and miles. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for cards that avoid these fees, and offers a rosy outlook for the future of international…

Southwest Companion Pass: Travel Rewards Winner

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he announces the winner of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Last month, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, and over the last few weeks, thousands of TPG readers have weighed in on which travel reward is most valuable (see full analysis and…