Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five…

Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…

Where Should I Transfer Points If I’m Closing My Amex Account?

TPG reader Candace tweeted me to ask about an American Express account she’s closing: @thepointsguy — “I’m closing my Amex card with 80,000 Membership Rewards points, but they don’t partner with my preferred airline. What should I do with my rewards?” To pre-emptively transfer your valuable points to a partner airline is risky. What happens if your…

Deal Alert: JFK to Santiago Business Class on AA and TAM for $1,035

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Which Airline Should I Fly to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me about flying to Hawaii this fall: “@thepointsguy — I’m trying to find flights to Hawaii from Texas in October. Do you have airline recommendations?” Hi Sarah, and thanks for your question. Hawaii is one of the top travel destinations, and for good reason — it’s pretty much amazing all year…

Learning to Ski in 115-Degree Dubai

On her trip to Dubai last weekend, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert stopped by one of the city’s “coolest” attractions. Here’s her experience learning to ski at the Mall of the Emirates. (All photos by Zach Honig.) The United Arab Emirates has beautiful mosques, record-setting skyscrapers and open-air souks, but with often-stifling temperatures, it’s no surprise that…

Hotel Review: Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel

Prior to train-hopping through the Swiss Alps, TPG Contributor Joel Ward spent some time in Zurich, Switzerland, with a stay at the Renaissance Zurich Tower Hotel. In one of the most expensive cities in the world, this excellent business hotel is a bit out of the standard tourist zone, but that gives it several advantages. Read…

9 Tips for Attending Your First Pride

Gay pride celebrations happen worldwide and year-round, featuring parades, parties, political gatherings, community rallies and memorials for those who have made sacrifices for the gay rights movement. No two pride celebrations are the same, but all make a great excuse to travel. With Gay Pride season in full swing, TPG Contributor Nicholas du Pont shares some of his thoughts…

Bonus AAdvantage & Alaska Miles, Delta Deals and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Air France Business Class Transit Passengers Can Stay Free Overnight in Paris If you’re flying business class on Air France and have a stopover in Paris, the airline is offering a complimentary hotel stay along with limousine service to and…