What Airline Fare Classes Tell You About Your Ticket

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr delves into the clandestine world of airline fare classes to help you understand exactly what you’re getting with your next ticket. I expect few things are more complicated than the revenue management department of a major airline. Forget about the miracle of flight — the people and computers that decide how…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015

The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the British Airways award chart devaluation and changes to Southwest Rapid Rewards. With all those factors in play, having a powerful, cohesive…

8 Reasons to Get the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Some travel rewards credit cards have strong sign-up bonuses, while others have useful ongoing benefits. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one co-branded United Airlines card fits into both categories. Last week, Chase and United Airlines announced a new offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. For a limited time, you can earn 50,000…

United Teams Up With The Trotter Project For Tastier Meals

Kitchen-to-cabin is the new farm-to-table, as culinary greats from The Trotter Project team up with chefs from United Airlines to develop new menu items for passengers in all cabin classes. The Trotter Project is a nonprofit organization formed by family and friends of the late, great Charlie Trotter, the chef famous for revitalizing Chicago’s culinary…

How United’s Explorer Card Can Get You to Europe this Summer

Europe has long been a hot summer travel destination, and this year is no exception. For those of you interested in exploring the old country, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a great option for getting to Europe with travel rewards. As TPG wrote about yesterday, the United MileagePlus Explorer Card just announced a new offer. For…

New United MileagePlus Explorer 50,000 Miles Sign-up Bonus

Chase has relaunched the United MileagePlus Explorer Card with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening, with a waived annual fee the first year, plus two one-time passes for the United Club each year. United MileagePlus Explorer Card LIMITED TIME OFFER: Start with 50,000 bonus miles after you spend…

My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…

Free Business Class Trip to Asia: 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 and…

How to Book Awards with United MileagePlus Miles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your United Airlines MileagePlus miles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to…

When Should I Apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is it worth signing up for the United MileagePlus Explorer card now?” Right now the United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase is offering a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles…