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13 ways to get the most bang for your buck with TPG

Sept. 05, 2020
8 min read
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13 ways to get the most bang for your buck with TPG
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TPG celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and over the past decade, we've grown quite a bit.

Not only has our team expanded tremendously, but our presence on the internet has as well. From Brian Kelly's first blog post to Facebook groups and webinars, we're so much more than what's on the website.

To keep you up to date with all that TPG has going on right now, we've rounded up all the ways you can stay in touch with us.

Here's the full list:

The TPG daily newsletter

To get travel news and deals delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for the TPG daily newsletter, where Editor-at-Large Zach Honig curates all of the top travel updates you need to know about.

Sign up for TPG's daily newsletter.

Brian Kelly's weekly newsletter

TPG himself, Brian Kelly, just launched his own weekly newsletter, a direct line from TPG to all of you. Every Sunday, read about the week in travel, including Brian's take on the state of the industry, trends in award availability and so much more. You’ll also get exclusive content like data from our Points Lab team.

Sign up for Brian Kelly's weekly newsletter.

Gene Sloan's biweekly cruise-letter

TPG's resident cruise expert, Gene Sloan, has launched a biweekly newsletter dedicated to — you guessed it — the world of cruising. This read is for the many people like you who are hungry for cruise planning advice and the latest news about lines, ships, itineraries and ports.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

If you need a reminder, Gene has written about cruising for more than two decades, and his stories have appeared in more than 100 publications including Afar Magazine, USA TODAY and more than 60 Gannett-owned newspapers. He's written cruise guides for Frommer’s and served as a cruise expert for The Travel Channel. He's also sailed on more than 150 different ships operated by 40 lines.

Sign up for Gene's biweekly cruiseletter.

New: Ben Mutzabaugh's biweekly aviation newsletter

TPG Senior Aviation Editor Ben Mutzabaugh is bringing you our newest newsletter about all things aviation. Sign up for a biweekly update on the latest in airline news and trends, delivered straight to your inbox. It will serve as your main source to keep up with all the trends and developments affecting the airline industry. Readers should look forward to a weekly Q&A that will alternate between reader questions and interviews with industry insiders.

You might remember Ben from his days at USA Today, where he launched the award-winning Today in the Sky blog in 2002. It was one of the first blogs to focus on the airline industry, where Ben covered some of the most exciting aviation stories of the past two decades – including numerous airline mergers and failures, the first-ever commercial passenger flight on the then-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and interviews with top industry CEOs.

Sign up for Ben's biweekly aviation newsletter.

Facebook

Have a question for the TPG community? You're definitely going to want to join one (or all) of our TPG Facebook groups.

  • TPG Lounge: By joining the TPG Lounge, you'll help drive the conversation when it comes to travel, plus you'll be able to virtually mingle with tens of thousands of other travel-savvy individuals who share your same enthusiasm for points & miles.
  • TPG Family: If you’re always looking for ways to make travel more fun, less stressful and less expensive for you and your family then this group is the place to be.
  • TPG Women: TPG Women is a safe space exclusively for women to ask questions about all things travel, with an emphasis on points and miles. In this group, women share tips for safe solo travel, discuss how to maximize travel rewards, and get the opportunity to network with fellow women travelers.
  • TPG Small Biz: This community is meant to help small-business leaders learn strategies to maximize their rewards on small-business expenses and how to redeem points and miles to help maximize their business’ budget.

Follow TPG on Facebook.

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAkymdQHPTJ/

Looking to spice up your Instagram feed with some killer travel photos and tips? Follow @thepointsguy on Instagram. TPG's own Summer Hull also brings you everything you need to know about family travel (including Disney) at @mommypoints. And, if you're looking for a mix of travel content with a nice dose of dogs, be sure to follow TPG himself on his personal account @briankelly. (Oh, and don't forget about @thepointspups!)

Follow TPG on Instagram.

Twitter

If Twitter's your preferred social media platform, give us a follow @thepointsguy to stay up to date with the latest stories on TPG. If you're interested in deals in particular, follow @TPG_Alerts to automatically get notified when we publish a deal. Finally, for all things family travel you're going to want to give @MommyPoints a follow.

Follow TPG on Twitter.

TikTok

You won't find us doing any coordinated dances (yet) on TikTok, but you will find a behind-the-scenes look at where crew sleep on the airplane and what it's like to fly private (spoiler alert: it's pretty amazing).

Follow TPG on TikTok.

"The Future of Travel with Brian Kelly" Webinar

“The Future of Travel with Brian Kelly” is a series of live events looking ahead at what’s in store for the travel industry as it begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Join Brian as he interviews top experts and company executives on a range of topics, including traveler health, cleanliness measures, loyalty programs and what it all means for the traveling public.

Catch up on past webinars with everyone from award-winning journalist and television host Oneika Raymond to Joanna Geraghty, President and Chief Operating Officer of JetBlue.

Sign up for our next "Future of Travel" webinar.

'TPG Talks'

TPG Talks’ is a free webinar series where we offer an in-depth look into loyalty programs, how to navigate flight changes and more with our experts here at TPG. Catch up on past episodes such as navigating travel changes and cancellations and the future of cruising here.

Register for the next 'TPG Talks'.

YouTube

https://youtu.be/uMRYZvmCCo4

Over on YouTube, you have access to everything from the latest changes in the travel industry and what that means for travelers to getting some inspiration for a future trip. You can also check out all of TPG's travel adventures in Brian's "Being the Points Guy" vlog series.

Follow TPG on YouTube.

Pinterest

Follow us on Pinterest for all the travel inspiration, tips, and hotel and flight reviews you need to plan the perfect trip.

Flipboard

Easily pin and read your favorite TPG stories and browse the latest news on our curated Flipboard page.

Follow TPG on Flipboard.

Coming soon: The TPG App

This year, we’re launching the new TPG App, which will make you a better traveler in three key ways:

  • Learn: You’ll get relevant content based on where you live, what airlines you fly and where you want to travel.
  • Earn: We’ll help you determine which credit cards and loyalty programs make the most sense for your exact needs and spending habits.
  • Burn: We’re giving you the tools you need to maximize every mile and point you redeem.

Don’t worry, we'll be sharing plenty of information about it as we get prepared to launch, and invite you to help beta test the app when that time comes.Sign up to receive the latest updates on the TPG App.

Featured image by (Photo by Ryan Patterson/The Points Guy)

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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