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…

Can I Convert Amex Membership Rewards to AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Randy tweeted me to ask about points transfers: @thepointsguy– “How easy is it to convert American Express Membership Rewards points to American Airlines miles?” I think the American Airlines AAdvantage program has some of the most valuable frequent flyer miles out there. American has fairly low redemption thresholds (especially in first class to places like Asia),…

Should I Fly JetBlue or Delta out of Boston?

TPG reader Rahul tweeted me to ask about award flights from Boston: @thepointsguy– “Living in Boston, would you recommend flying Delta or JetBlue?” The origin is only half of the equation; you have to factor in your destination as well. I suggest considering your routes and then deciding. I greatly prefer flying non-stop, and since I fly out…

Should I Use Points or Cash for my Upcoming Hotel Stay?

TPG reader Roman tweeted me to ask about which points to use for a hotel stay: @thepointsguy–”For a one-night stay at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, we have three options: $495 AAA rate, 20K SPG points or 42K Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Which is best?” Deciding whether to use points or cash is tricky, and…

Favorite Places: The Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

For the our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a day trip I recently took from Beijing to Mutianyu—one of the many sections of the Great Wall of China that are open to visitors. (All photos by Julio Gaggia.) Roughly 5,500 miles long, the Great Wall of China was built in sections starting back in the 7th…

By the Sea: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

In the first installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky luxuriates in the sun-splashed, no-fuss dolce vita of Italy’s Ligurian Coast. First, get your bearings: The Ligurian Coast is better known as the Italian Riviera, and is divided into two parts: west of Genoa to the French border (Riviera di Ponente) and…

Donate to Nepal, New Alaska Routes, 7k JetBlue Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar to Launch in Fort Lauderdale, FL Silvercar — the car rental company that exclusively offers premium Audi A4 rentals — is launching in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area starting on May 15, 2015. Users can now reserve their Fort Lauderdale Silvercars via the app…

Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul

One leg of my recent whirlwind tour of Brazil, South Korea and China was a one-night stay in Seoul with the express purpose of enjoying some Korean BBQ. To make sure I’d have a good night’s sleep with a very full stomach, I booked a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Seoul. Built in 1995 and then extensively…