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Feb. 23, 2021
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At TPG, we are bullish on travel.

It's been a really long and painful year for those working in the industry and those of us who want to take trips. There are going to be plenty of starts and stops ahead, but a sense of hope is finally beginning to spread as more people get vaccinated.

So, to help get ready for more travel -- and more travel advice -- we are adding four experts to our editorial team.

With these new hires, TPG now has 35 full-time employees dedicated to writing, editing, social media and video. That's in addition to a robust network of freelancers, ranging from family travelers to solo travelers to pilots, who can help explain the technical nature of flight.

To keep track of what this team is up to, please make sure to sign up for our daily newsletter. Each morning, we highlight some of the top stories from the past 24 hours.

And while we don't have any more editorial openings at the moment, please keep an eye on our careers page for future jobs -- plus a number of non-editorial positions that we are currently looking to fill, including site engineers. We're also currently hiring for our five TPG summer interns.

Now, without any more delay, here are the latest members of our team:

Ashley Onadele -- Sponsored Content Writer

Photo courtesy of Ashley Onadele

Ashley is an avid traveler and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area with her young family.

Ashley first became interested in points and miles as a graduate student studying Spanish who hoped to study abroad someday. Now she uses points and miles to help her family of four experience the world together. Some of her favorite points redemptions are the JW Marriott in Venice, Italy, and what would have been an epic first-class trip to Japan for the 2020 Olympics.

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Ashley has traveled to more than a dozen countries on three continents and, though she considers herself a family traveler now, she is passionate about showing travelers of all types and styles how to travel on points and miles.

Before joining The Points Guy, Ashley wrote her own travel blog and was a freelance writer for online publications such as Matador Network and Condé Nast Traveler. As a travel blogger, she offered tips for traveling with small children as well as destination guides and guides for beginner points and miles enthusiasts. Her favorite places in the world include New Orleans, Italy's Venice and Bangkok, Thailand.

Once it is safe to travel freely with her family again, Ashley plans to finally visit countries in South America, Africa and the Middle East.

Juan Ruiz - Credit Cards Editor

Photo courtesy of Juan Ruiz

In 2013, Juan started a successful family travel blog (known as Double Duty Daddy) with the purpose of sharing travel rewards and points and miles redemptions with families.

He has since contributed credit card and travel content to numerous outlets, including Forbes, Business Insider, and, of course, TPG. Never one to turn down a good deal, his travel redemptions and credit card strategies have taken him to far-off destinations from Iceland to Japan (35+ countries and counting). It's also helped him check off a lifetime bucket list of visiting all 30 MLB ballparks in the U.S.

When he’s not dissecting credit card products or teaching as an adjunct professor at a public university in Miami, you can find Juan maximizing his points and miles for family travel with his wife and twin daughters. You can connect with him on Twitter or Instagram @DoubleDutyDaddy

Stella Shon -- Credit Cards Reporter

Photo courtesy of Stella Shon

Stella was recently the travel writer for ValuePenguin, specializing in travel industry trends and rewards credit cards.

Previously a TPG 2020 summer intern on the points, miles and deals team, she's now excited to come back as a full-time writer on the credit cards team. She has more than eight credit cards but is excited for one of her 5/24 slots to open in early March!

She graduated with a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020, and she previously interned at JetBlue Airways (her favorite airline) in summer 2019.

Feel free to ask her about her Morocco trip -- she just recently flew to Casablanca on a one-way business class ticket on TAP Air Portugal for just 12.5K miles.

Stella moved to New York City in December and is ecstatic to join the TPG team again.

David Slotnick -- Senior Aviation Reporter

Photo courtesy of David Slotnick

David was most recently the senior airline reporter at Business Insider, covering the aviation business in depth throughout the COVID-19 crisis, as well as aviation startups and logistics, passenger experience and breaking news.

Before covering aviation full-time, David launched Business Insider's points, miles and credit card strategy while also reporting on the broader travel space. He has contributed to numerous publications as a freelancer, including TPG.

He spent most of his life in New York but recently relocated to Boston with his wife Reni and their goldendoodle Murray. He went to college in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and spent a year living in Edinburgh, Scotland, during graduate school.

David is a bona fide travel junkie — and can't wait to get back in the air — an avid photographer and a cocktail enthusiast (the Polaris Lounge's Paper Plane is among his favorites). He's also a certified EMT and picks up occasional ambulance shifts in the Greater Boston area.

Follow him on Twitter or Instagram at @david_slotnick.

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

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TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023