6 Rewards Programs That Make Award Travel Easy

I’ve realized over the years that many people ignore travel rewards simply out of confusion about how they work. Many programs have convoluted rules that can be overwhelming to beginners, so today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers his picks for loyalty programs that make earning and redeeming points and miles easy. Were you…

Which Credit Cards Do You Use? Team TPG Compares Wallets

I often get asked which credit cards I use most, and the answer isn’t always the same. I have some stalwart favorites that I use frequently, but with 24 accounts currently open, it’s a rotating cast. Sometimes I favor a card so I can meet a spending threshold and unlock a lucrative benefit. Other times I stick to whichever card can help me…

Using Venmo Payments to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at several mobile and online payments options, and explains why you should be careful when using them to meet credit card spending thresholds. We recently received this question from TPG reader Trevor regarding the payment service Venmo: “I was wondering could write about how to maximize payment…

SPG New Member Sign-Up Bonus: Up to 7,500 Points (Targeted)

I believe Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints to be the most valuable loyalty currency, so when a friend forwarded me an offer he received shortly after signing up for a Starwood Preferred Guest account, I immediately took notice: This offer awards bonus points to new members who complete one or more stays during an introductory period. The first stay in a…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore East Asia. Over the last few months, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has presented some…

Air France KLM 50% off Flying Blue Promo Awards for May-June

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers Promo Awards each month that enable you to book award flights for as little as half of the miles normally needed on some routes and in certain cabins. The list of awards you can book between now and March 31, 2015 for travel May 1 to…

Where Should You Credit United Flights After March 1st?

Next month, a lot of United MileagePlus members will start feeling the pain of the new revenue-based system program. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for getting the most out of your future flights. Last year, Delta announced that it would stop crediting frequent flyer miles to travelers based on the distance flown,…

Starwood Announces New Platinum Elite Choice Benefits

Earlier this month, Starwood Preferred Guest announced that a new selection of benefits was coming for 50-night Platinum elites. Those members currently receive 10 Suite Night awards for reaching the 50-night threshold; however, the new selection has been revealed, and as of March 9th, SPG members who stay 50 nights a year will have their choice of the following: 10…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards Questions (and Answers)

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele answers 8 questions about travel rewards credit cards that seem to always be on the minds of TPG readers (and in the TPG email inbox). Those of us who have been playing the points and miles game for a while tend to take travel rewards cards for…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…