Is It Worth Purchasing Southwest Points with a 40% Bonus?

Now through August 23 (Sunday), Southwest is offering targeted Rapid Rewards members a 40% bonus on purchases of 5,000 or more Rapid Rewards points. Southwest usually sells Rapid Rewards points in increments of 1,000, starting at 2,000 points with a daily maximum purchase of 60,000 points and no annual max. The price is normally 2.75…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Which Sign-Up Bonuses Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines the sign-up bonuses offered by a variety of airline, hotel and other rewards cards to see which ones offer the best return. Sign-up bonuses are an important factor to consider when looking for a travel rewards credit card. While big spenders can easily afford to go after bonuses with…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…

Travel to Malta on Points and Miles

Island hopping in the Mediterranean doesn’t have to be a pricey endeavor. TPG Contributor Lane Nieset takes us to the Mediterranean’s history-rich Maltese Islands, which are a calmer — and dare we say it, more beautiful — version of their club-centric neighbors, offering suggestions for what to do and how to save using points and miles. (All photos are by the…

Which Annual Credit Card Bonuses Justify the Annual Fee?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how some travel rewards cards pay for themselves through annual renewal bonuses, while others fall short. Travel rewards cards can offer incredible sign-up bonuses along with ongoing benefits, but each year points and miles enthusiasts have to decide whether to keep their cards open when it’s time to pay the…

Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

It’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so I thought I’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. There are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post I’ll…

Shortcuts to Earning Elite Status with Airline Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card As someone who flies American Airlines all the time, I really value my AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Airline elite status can make your trip smoother, more comfortable and even less expensive, so there are plenty of reasons…

Travel to Ibiza on Points and Miles

In the final installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky takes us to the third-largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, the drop-dead gorgeous Ibiza. It’s hard to imagine a destination as synonymous with the summer global party scene as Ibiza, but beyond the thump-thump-thump and the light shows, you’ll find stunning white-sand beaches, the…

How to Fly with a Friend Using Credit Card Companion Tickets

I think many readers will agree that traveling is more fun when someone else is along for the ride. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for bringing a fellow traveler on your next trip at a steep discount. The next best thing to traveling on an award ticket…