Rookie Guide to Award Travel: Coordinating Trips with a Companion

Double the points, double the benefits, double the fun! Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the second installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a primer on how to develop a rewards strategy with your travel partner. If you’re new to award travel, one of your earliest (and most crucial) missions is to get your favorite travel partner(s) into the game as well. Whether you’re planning…

Honeymoon in Southeast Asia — a TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points…

United’s All Day Recess Promotion Adds New Bonus Retailers

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. Last week, I wrote about the lucrative All Day Recess Sweepstakes and Promotion being offered through United MileagePlus Shopping. While the entire promotion runs until mid-August,…

Why I Use Chase Sapphire Preferred for Most of My Purchases

I frequently get asked how I’m able to earn so many points and miles to open up valuable award redemptions like Singapore First Class, Korean First Class and JAL First Class, to name a few. One important part of the answer is my rewards credit card strategy, as I often take advantage of lucrative sign-up bonuses (like the current…

Up to 4,000 United Bonus Miles with All Day Recess Promotion

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. As I’ve written about before, airline shopping portals are a great way to boost your earnings on everyday purchases with a variety of online retailers. These…

Stay with Hilton, Pay with Amex, Earn a $75 Statement Credit

Your summer vacation may have just gotten cheaper! Right now you can earn a one-time $75 statement credit by using your enrolled American Express card when you spend $350 or more at Hilton Hotels & Resorts between July 9, 2015 and September 8, 2015. The TPG team has found the offer available on personal Amex cards like the Premier Rewards…

Qantas Lowers Award Ticket Fuel Surcharges by up to 25%

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has a bit of good news for folks who want to use Qantas Frequent Flyer miles for award travel: lower fuel surcharges that can end up saving you hundreds of dollars. When it comes to award travel, one of the biggest (and most frustrating) surprises is getting slapped with hundreds…

Best Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts

Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners. One of the most common concerns I hear from new award travelers is that it’s a complicated hobby. To some degree, they…

What’s the Best Card if I Travel a Lot and Only Fly AA?

TPG reader Robbie tweeted me to ask about the best card for a unique situation: @thepointsguy – “Should I get SPG Amex, ThankYou Premier or Sapphire Preferred? I travel a lot for work and fly AA exclusively, but don’t have a preferred hotel chain.” This is an interesting question, because these three cards have unique…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2015

Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. In the world of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, sign-up bonuses rise and fall and benefits are added and subtracted, often with little or no notice. Offers that are available today could be gone tomorrow (or even later today!). Because the cards you…