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…

The 4 Credit Cards I’ve Added So Far in 2016

I recently shared my current credit card inventory, going over which cards still earn a place in my wallet and which I’ve decided to cancel. Getting rid of a few has made room for some new options, and I’ve already signed up for four new cards — with at least one more on my list…

Christmas in New York City — 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…

Black Card Rebranded As Luxury Card with 3 New Versions: Are They Worth It?

The Visa Black Card just underwent a refresh, and Barclaycard introduced some similar options as well. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through these new offerings. A handful of premium travel rewards credit cards come with annual fees around $450, but those with fees of more than $500 — like the Centurion (Black)…

Credit Cards That Get You Elite-Like Airline Benefits

Maybe you failed to qualify for your airline’s elite status this year? Or perhaps you occasionally need to travel on carriers that you don’t hold elite status with? Don’t worry; TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele is here to show you how the right credit card can offer you many of the same benefits that come along elite…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

A new year presents new opportunities to maximize your travel strategy. That’s why, around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which…

11 Top Credit Cards with No Foreign Transaction Fees for 2016

Whether you’re traveling abroad or making a purchase through an international retailer, it’s essential to use a credit card that doesn’t incur foreign transaction fees. Luckily, there are plenty of good options available. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele shares a list of top picks and explains why these fees need to be…

12 Best Starter Travel Rewards Cards for 2016

If you’re you new to the pursuit of travel rewards or you just don’t have much experience with travel rewards credit cards, a “starter card” is a great place to begin. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains how these types of cards offer solid value from day one, along with reasonable annual…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q3 2015

This week, the Department of Transportation released baggage fee revenue for Q3 2015. For the first quarter ever, baggage fees collected by US-based airlines topped $1 billion. The ~$1,018,892,000 in baggage fees collected during the quarter is more than a $59 million (6%) increase from the previous high-water mark set in the third quarter of 2014. American Airlines — now combined with US…