Do Airline Miles and Hotel Points Count as Travel Purchases?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming Capital One Venture miles: “The Southwest flight I’m interested in currently costs 23,000 Venture miles or 12,000 Rapid Rewards points (which I don’t have). Can I use my Venture miles to buy Rapid Rewards points and redeem for the lower amount?” One of…

When Will My Credit Card Annual Fee Be Charged?

TPG reader Arlyn sent me a message on Facebook to ask about annual fees: “If I get the Citi Prestige card, when will I be charged for the annual fee?” Most of the top rewards credit cards carry an annual fee, which is an important consideration when you’re applying for a new card or deciding whether to…

Can I Hold Flight Awards While Miles Transfer to My Account?

TPG reader Darcy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about putting airline awards on hold: “I often run into a problem when transferring points to book travel overseas. It seems like airlines (other than American) won’t hold my reservation, so I run the risk of losing the seat by the time the transfer goes through. How…

Should I Maximize Rewards at the Expense of Convenience?

TPG reader Aaron sent me a message on Facebook to ask about how to prioritize earning rewards: “To what extent would you try to maximize rewards even if it means sacrificing some comfort or convenience in your travel arrangements?” You have to earn travel rewards before you can spend them, and learning to maximize the points and miles you…

Will My Credit Score Drop If I Don’t Use My Credit Cards?

TPG reader Jon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about managing his credit card portfolio: “Will my credit score be affected if some of my 10+ credit cards go unused? Should I try to make purchases each month, or is it okay to have a continuous $0 balance?” Your credit is a valuable tool, so…

6 Spots to Hit the Slopes with Points This Winter

A ski trip to a luxurious mountainside resort can be a spendy vacation, but TPG Contributor Lane Nieset reminds us that cashing in your hotel points can smooth out the moguls and bring six of the world’s most fabulous, redemption-friendly ski destinations within closer reach. Be sure to see the bottom of this post for suggestions of credit cards that will…

10 Photos: Bali’s Best Beaches

Thanks to two lengthy visits to Indonesia, TPG contributor Kathryn Romeyn has explored many of Bali’s beautiful beaches, from the white sands of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula to the intense aqua waters of neighboring Lombok. (All photos by the author.)  From the moment I set foot in Bali, I was hooked — the first time, when I flew to Ngurah Rai International…

Top Cards, Free Elite Status, Best Business Seats for Couples & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

New and Existing Customers Can Earn Bonus AA Miles with Sprint

Occasionally an opportunity to earn bonus miles or points will come up that’s a bit different than the standard offers most flyers are aware of. This week, it seems that Sprint and American Airlines are teaming up to offer new customers 20,000 AAdvantage miles to sign up for a new phone plan — new customers will also…