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?

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 after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. My advice is not to sign up for the card…

United, Southwest, Hilton and Hyatt Bonus Points/Miles Promos

Though the bonus on purchased Alaska Airlines MileagePlan miles came to an end last week, there are several ongoing airline and hotel promotions offering bonuses on purchased points and miles. If you want some opportunities to pad your loyalty account balances, here are the details on each. Though mileage/points purchases made through Points.com do not…

My Decision on which Credit Cards to Keep vs. Cancel

Each year I like to take inventory of my credit card portfolio by weighing the benefits of each card and weeding out the ones that aren’t providing enough value. There’s no shortage of new sign-up bonuses to earn, like the recently extended offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or the big targeted offers for the Amex…

First Class Birthday Trip to Peru: 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…

Keep Your Points Active by Knowing Expiration Policies

Allowing points and miles to expire is one of the cardinal sins of award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr discusses strategies for keeping your travel rewards active. Here’s a scenario you don’t want to find yourself in: after checking your calendar, confirming award flight availability, and clearing your vacation time with work, you hop online to book…

United Offers up to 50% Bonus on Purchased Miles

United is offering up to a 50% bonus on purchased miles for select MileagePlus members. Unlike past promotions, this bonus is not tiered, and instead is a targeted offer that varies from one member to another. Log in to your MileagePlus account to find out whether you’ve been targeted for the promotion, and to see your specific bonus. Offers are…

United Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on United. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…