My Credit Card Inventory: Summer 2016

At the beginning of the year, I took stock of my current credit cards and decided to add a few while axing some others. Now that we’re halfway through 2016, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this subject with an updated look at the pieces of plastic (and metal!) in my…

Which Points Should I Use to Travel in the Hawaiian Islands?

TPG reader Nick sent me a tweet to ask about traveling in Hawaii: “Would it make sense to transfer Starpoints to Hawaiian Airlines for interisland travel?” I think Hawaii is one travel destination that really lives up to the hype. Each island has a lot to offer, and if you’ve got time to spare, it’s worth…

Airlines Collected Over $3.8 Billion in Baggage Fees in 2015

After topping $1 billion for the first quarter ever in Q3 2015, US-based airline baggage fees dropped to “just” $958 million in the 4th quarter of 2015. However, for the full year of 2015, airlines reported over $3.8 billion in revenue from baggage fees — the most reported in any year. Here’s the list of the airlines that collected the…

Your Points & Miles Guide to Silvercar

Rental cars are often a necessary travel expense, but they aren’t always as easy to maximize as flights and hotel stays. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explores how to get the most out of your rentals with Silvercar. It seems like every successful startup with a mobile app gets labeled with…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards For Domestic Flights

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier, Citi ThankYou Preferred Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program has gained a lot of value in the past year or so thanks to the addition of 13 travel transfer partners and the revamping of specific credit cards like the Citi…

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses That You Can Redeem for Paid Airfare

Award redemptions usually give you the most bang for your buck, but there are many programs that allow you to use your miles and points haul for paid airfares. Today TPG Contributor Cindy Gossett looks at the credit card sign-up bonuses that allow you to redeem miles and points for paid airfare. While you’ll almost…

Your Points & Miles Guide to Car2Go

Rental cars are often a necessary travel expense, but they aren’t always as easy to maximize as flights and hotels. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Editor examines one of the newer companies, Car2G0, to help you make the most of your rentals. Update: Car2G0 no longer offers free minutes for refueling its cars. We’ve updated…

Do Airline Miles and Hotel Points Count as Travel Purchases?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming Capital One Venture miles: “The Southwest flight I’m interested in currently costs 23,000 Venture miles or 12,000 Rapid Rewards points (which I don’t have). Can I use my Venture miles to buy Rapid Rewards points and redeem for the lower amount?” One of…

The 6 Best Cash-Back Cards for 2016

Whether you’re new to the points and miles hobby or simply prefer money in your wallet to accruing travel rewards, cash-back credit cards can offer a great return on your spending. Read on as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen discusses six of the best options to consider applying for this year. Earning…

3 Weeks in France on a College Budget — 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…