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…

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…

Credit Cards That Get You Free Checked Baggage

Checking a bag doesn’t have to cost you. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, there are plenty of credit card options (for a variety of airlines) that entitle you — and even your travel companions — to one free checked bag. Most US airlines introduced checked bag fees in 2008, supposedly as…

How To Book Award Flights with Virgin America

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 Virgin America Elevate miles to book the flights you want. It’s hard to believe that it’s been…

6 Credit Card Strategies for Meeting Your Award Travel Goals

With so many great points and miles credit cards available, it can be hard to know where to start. With newer award travelers in mind, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele walks through several popular redemption goals and outlines the best credit cards for each of them. Are you new to the award…

Comprehensive Guide to Changing Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket change policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll be…

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…

Which Annual Credit Card Bonuses Justify the Annual Fee?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how some travel rewards cards pay for themselves through annual renewal bonuses, while others fall short. Travel rewards cards can offer incredible sign-up bonuses along with ongoing benefits, but each year points and miles enthusiasts have to decide whether to keep their cards open when it’s time to pay the…

Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

it’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so i thought i’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. there are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post i’ll…

How to Fly with a Friend Using Credit Card Companion Tickets

I think many readers will agree that traveling is more fun when someone else is along for the ride. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some options for bringing a fellow traveler on your next trip at a steep discount. The next best thing to traveling on an award ticket…