A Week in the Admirals Club — Chicago O’Hare International Airport

It’s day one of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour, and he’s starting things off in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after spending a fantastic weekend in the Windy City grilling and celebrating Independence Day with friends. A little over a week ago, I applied and was instantly approved for the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite…

How to Seek Medical Attention Abroad

Being sick at home is the pits, but when you’re thousands of miles away, it can be downright scary. TPG Contributor Christine Cantera gives you advice on how to seek medical attention abroad. Major Medical Emergencies Both as a physician and a traveler, Dr. Alan Cherney, who specializes in Emergency Medicine, recommends consulting the State…

Finding the Best US Gateways for International Awards

Most people search for flights by simply entering an origin and destination to see what pops up, but award travel sometimes involves more than just getting from A to B. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which connection cities give you the best chance to maximize your points and miles. Finding a convenient, stress-free award itinerary can…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

What’s It Like to Spend a Week at the Admirals Club?

Well, we’re about to find out. TPG intern Kevin Song has kindly volunteered to spend this week touring the East Coast, visiting Admirals Clubs old and new with his brand-new Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. In addition to full lounge access (even when he’s not flying AA), Kevin’s getting 75,000 AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $7,500…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Cards for Summer Travel

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses a variety of travel rewards cards that can help make your summer travels both more affordable and more rewarding. You’ve earned the miles and booked the trip, and as you prepare to embark on your summer vacation, the question is which credit card (or cards) do you plan to bring…

Could Selfie Payment Verification Replace the PIN?

In a move that is targeted toward the “selfie generation,” MasterCard has begun a payment verification trial with 500 card holders to snap away instead of typing in a PIN or, heaven forbid, signing for a purchase. MasterCard is reportedly working directly with phone manufacturers to integrate selfie-based security, which requires the MasterCard app to authenticate transactions — since these…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Should I Get the Citi AA Executive Card with the 75,000-Mile Bonus?

TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask a credit card question: “Should I sign up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard with a 75,000-mile bonus?” Just this week, Citi announced a new sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, offering 75,000 miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three…

What’s the Best Card if I Travel a Lot and Only Fly AA?

TPG reader Robbie tweeted me to ask about the best card for a unique situation: @thepointsguy – “Should I get SPG Amex, ThankYou Premier or Sapphire Preferred? I travel a lot for work and fly AA exclusively, but don’t have a preferred hotel chain.” This is an interesting question, because these three cards have unique…