Avoiding Bag Fees, TPG’s New Vlog, Defeating Basic Economy and More

May 11, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Airlines Collected $4.9 Billion in Bag Fees Last Year. Here’s How to Avoid Being Part of That Statistic

There’s one airline — and a few cards — that’ll spare you that cost.

Watch Now: The Points Guy Launches Official Vlog Series

People always ask what it’s like to be The Points Guy. Here’s the answer.

Cheerful young female business traveler places carry on luggage in overhead compartment on airplane.

How to Use Credit Cards to Defeat Basic Economy

No one really wants to board with the last group.

Fiji Airways to Operate New A350 to LA

TPG’s Brendan Dorsey breaks down how to book it.

American Airlines’ First Cramped A321 Takes to the Skies After Project Oasis Retrofit

It’s not all bad news, but it’s not all good news.

Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.

How to Book a Hyatt Resort From $86 Through Hyatt’s Latest Buy Points Promo

The valuable promotion ends June 11.

Away Mini Travel Cases Have Risen From The Dead (For A Limited Time)

The last time these were for sale they sold out, and fast.

Featured image by Caiaimage/Chris Ryan / Getty Images

Airlines Close to First ‘Substantive’ Fare Hike of 2019, Analysts Say

Major carriers Alaska Airlines, Delta and United have widely matched the increase.

Plan Your European Train Trip This Summer With Eurail’s New App

This service is great for when it’s more convenient to hop on a train than to fly.

Delta Tail Planes Salt Lake City Airport SLC

Delta’s New Program Helps Elites Earn Back Status After a Major Life Event

… So you can hop back on the status train even after those months of staying home with your newborn.

For the latest travel news, deals and points and miles tips please subscribe to The Points Guy daily email newsletter.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.