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…

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…