Comparing Basic Economy Fares Across Airlines

Say what you will about Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit, but these ultra-low-cost carriers are earning serious profits and growing quickly. The three major US legacy airlines have noticed their success, and are now scrambling to offer their super-low fares while imposing more fees. Delta, and, most recently, United have done so by introducing Basic Economy fare classes, and…

Huge New United Club Opening at LAX on December 6

Update 11/27/16 9:30pm: Unfortunately the November 28 grand opening ended up being too good to be true. While there’s a media preview scheduled for tomorrow, the LAX Club won’t open to the public until December 6. Update 11/26/16 2:20pm: The LAX United Club is actually scheduled to open earlier than expected, on Monday, November 28 (this Monday!)….

50,000-Mile Sign-Up Bonus on the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

If you’re looking to earn some extra United miles for an upcoming award flight, this current offer could be worth a look. You can now earn 50,000 MileagePlus miles when you’re approved for the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card and spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. The standard offer for this card…

Earn American Airlines Elite-Qualifying Dollars With Credit Card Spend

For many leisure travelers, the elite-qualifying dollar requirements Delta and United implemented in 2014 have made it much more challenging to earn elite status — even for flyers who still manage to fly many tens of thousands of miles a year. Fortunately for AA elites, American Airlines was a bit late to the party — its EQD requirement…

9 Ways to Stretch Your Travel Rewards

Finding new ways to earn points and miles is an important part of being an award travel enthusiast, but there’s more to it than that. How strategically you spend your travel rewards is at least as important as how well you earn them. In today’s post, I want to discuss nine creative ways to stretch…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? November 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?” The answer 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…

Trip Delay Reimbursement and the Credit Cards That Offer It

We spend a lot of time discussing travel rewards credit cards here at The Points Guy. However, a lot of coverage is devoted to rewards-earning opportunities, like the 100,000-point sign-up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, and the bonuses you can earn from various categories of purchases. Most cards include a number of decidedly…

Battle of the Premium Travel Rewards Cards: Which Is the Best?

Choosing the best travel rewards credit cards to carry in your wallet can be a daunting task. Each one offers a different value proposition that may appeal to some travelers over others, and this is especially applicable when it comes to premium credit cards. The recent release of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and the…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q2

We love to help our readers avoid as many fees as possible. Using credit card benefits, checked baggage fees are some of the easiest charges to avoid. However, that hasn’t stopped airlines from hitting another new baggage fee record. From April to June 2016, US-based airlines collected over $1 billion — $1,072,856,000 to be exact — in…

Maximizing Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection Program

When you’re traveling, having hotel elite status can make your stay much more comfortable and valuable. However, not all of us can hit the high night and stay requirements needed for top-tier status at one (or more) of the major chains. Fortunately there are a few ways to get elite-like perks when you book hotel…