Amex Travel Waives Booking Fees For Platinum Cardholders

American Express has an online travel-booking portal called American Express Travel. Members of the general public can use it to book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises among other things. But when American Express cardholders log into their accounts and book travel through it, they are eligible for other benefits such as earning extra Membership…

3 Reasons I’ll Miss AA’s Old Flagship First

For my return flight to the States from São Paulo, I flew GRU-LAX on American Airlines’ 777-200, and it was bittersweet—as it was probably the last time I’ll ever fly AA’s old Flagship First Class. Booking American has good upgrade and award availability at the SAAver level. I purchased this ticket for 62,500 miles and $54.74, but the cost would…

Hyatt 40% Bonus on Purchased Points Through May 31

From now until May 31, 2015, Hyatt Gold Passport is offering a 40% bonus on purchased points. This is larger than most bonuses offered by Hyatt, and makes for a pretty good buying opportunity. Offer Details Minimum 10,000 points required to earn 40% bonus Purchase maximum of 55,000 points per Hyatt Gold Passport account Points cannot…

Preparing for the Worst: How to Survive a Natural Disaster

With the recent Nepal earthquake fresh in travelers’ minds, TPG Contributor Carly Blatt—a former Red Cross staff member who was on vacation in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit —shares tips on how to be prepared for natural disasters while you’re on the road. A natural disaster descending upon an area you’re visiting is the ultimate travel nightmare,…

How to Book Award Flights with Delta SkyMiles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Delta SkyMiles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to book…

Is Sapphire Preferred and Amex Platinum the Best Card Combo?

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask about his rewards card strategy: @thepointsguy– “I currently have an American Express Platinum card and a Delta Amex Gold, which are the only cards I carry. Should I swap out the Delta Gold card for a Chase Sapphire Preferred, since I’m not flying Delta as much?” Mark, what you’re…

What’s the Worst Flight You’ve Ever Been on?

TPG reader Kelly messaged me with this interesting question: “What’s the worst flight you’ve ever flown and why?” I’ll assume that by “worst”, Kelly means the most treacherous, and I’ll leave my experience with Ryanair out of it. I’ve flown a lot of miles in my lifetime, although I don’t actually know how many. Let’s just…