Rookie Guide to Award Travel: How to Choose Loyalty Programs

When you get into the points and miles game, one of your first steps will be to choose which loyalty programs to focus on. Today, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt presents the third installment of her Rookie Guide to Award Travel with a breakdown of how to decide which rewards will work best for you. For new award travelers, the sheer number…

Which Card is Best to Avoid Travel Blackout Dates?

TPG reader Christina tweeted me to ask about how to avoid blackout dates with travel rewards: @thepointsguy — “Your thoughts please: I want a card that lets me use points anytime with no blackouts. Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture?” Flexibility is key these days; with airlines and hotels changing the rules, you need to have points…

Testing Visa Signature’s Luxury Hotel Benefits in Las Vegas

There are plenty of ways to maximize your travel even if it isn’t free. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, and describes his recent experience with the program’s benefits. I use points to cover hotel stays whenever I can. That said, sometimes award availability is scarce, and in many destinations, redeeming points either isn’t…

Which Sign-Up Bonuses Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele examines the sign-up bonuses offered by a variety of airline, hotel and other rewards cards to see which ones offer the best return. Sign-up bonuses are an important factor to consider when looking for a travel rewards credit card. While big spenders can easily afford to go after bonuses with…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Recently, on the tail end of a whirlwind trip around Thailand, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan stayed overnight at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok with his wife and toddler son. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s $600 airfare deal to Bangkok, here’s his take on the property. After our quick tour across Thai cities and beaches, my wife and I were…

Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

Should You Be Reimbursed for Work Travel Using Points?

TPG reader Jason wrote in to ask me an interesting ethical question: “Do you think it’s acceptable to seek reimbursement from your work for travel booked using points earned from non-business related sources (e.g., sign-up bonuses)? More specifically, do you think it’s acceptable to book a flight using points and then have the company reimburse…

Free Ice Cream for Capital One Customers Today

Starting today Uber is offering perhaps its most delicious promotion yet: Uber will serve ice cream on-demand to its customers in more than 100 cities, and for all you Capital One cardholders good news — your ice cream is free.Details:  1. Open the Uber app between 11am and 5pm ET on Friday, July 24. 2. Select…

Guide to Maximizing Bonus Categories — Rental Cars

Every purchase is an opportunity to earn travel rewards, and to boost your loyalty account balances, it’s important to maximize your return on each dollar. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can rack up points and miles with rental cars, but also points out why other considerations should come first. In the world of award travel, rental…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…