How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

7 Sunny Spring Break Destinations for Families

The best award travel deals for Spring Break are usually booked far in advance, but many families simply aren’t able to be that organized. Fortunately, TPG Senior Contributor Jason Steele can suggest some great Spring Break destinations for families that can still be booked with points and miles—even now. Finding Spring Break (late March through early April) award availability for an entire family…

Top Credit Cards for Cash Back Rewards and Statement Credits

I love to travel, so I tend to focus on credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits. However, diversification is critical to a successful points strategy, and that includes considering the cash-back options out there. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the best cash back cards to earn a return on your spending, travel or otherwise. Travel rewards are…

Paying Taxes with a Credit Card to Earn Travel Rewards

Every year around this time, I start getting questions about earning travel rewards from tax payments. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains both how to collect those points and miles, and when it makes sense financially. Earlier this month, the deadline for distributing tax forms arrived, and most Americans are now in a position to file their taxes and…

What’s the Best Credit Card to Earn Free Domestic Flights?

TPG reader Stacey tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What’s the best travel rewards credit card to earn free flights for domestic travel?” The answer to this question depends heavily on another: what airline(s) do you like to fly? I think the 50,000 point sign-up bonus offers on the Southwest credit cards are a great deal, and are worth over $700…

New Gotham Air Helicopter Service Plus Other Chopper Transfers

As anyone who’s flown into or out of an airport that’s way out of town, that limbo between deplaning and hotel check-in can be a travel buzz-crushing drag—especially after an already long flight. If you’ve got the cash (or in some cases, the points), you can have a helicopter whisk you directly to your destination, then back to…

Credit Card Customer Service: 6 Times it Can’t Hurt to Ask

The saying goes that good things come to those who wait, but in the points and miles game, sometimes good things come to those who just ask. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains: Credit cards are an incredibly profitable business for banks and other issuers, and even during the Great Recession (when banks…

Best New River Cruises for 2015

The thought of a river cruise might bring to mind grandparents gathering portside for backgammon and sundowners—and to an extent, that stereotype still exists. But the industry has come a long way, and 2015 looks to be the most exciting year yet, with exotic itineraries focused on local culture and ships stacked with amenities rivaling those at…