Is Amex Platinum Worth It If I’m Not Near Centurion Lounges?

TPG reader Mel tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth replacing my Citi Prestige card with an American Express Platinum Card if I typically fly out of Newark, which does not have a Centurion lounge? Are there any other benefits I should consider?” Unfortunately, there is no Centurion Lounge at Newark (EWR), and the…

Are US Airways Companion Tickets Valid After the Merger?

TPG reader Kent tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Are US Airways companion tickets still valid after the AA/US Airways merger is fully completed?” This weekend, American Airlines and US Airways are finally merging frequent flyer mile programs. There are lots of changes coming, but the most frequent question I’ve been getting is about the…

Can I Use My Household Income on a Credit Card Application?

TPG reader Alan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “When applying for a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, can my wife and I both apply so it shows our combined income?”  When you apply for a credit card, the card is either for you or your wife, so the answer would be no. However, you can…

Should I Earn Points or Miles with Marriott Rewards?

TPG reader Andrew tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I am signing up for Marriott Rewards; should I set my earning preference for points or airline miles?” If you set your account to earn Marriott Rewards points, you’ll earn about 10 points per dollar spent at most Marriott brands. I value Marriott points at about 0.7 cents apiece…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom for Dining in Q2?

TPG reader Suzanne tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “For next quarter, is it better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X on dining plus the 7% dividend, or use the Chase Freedom for 5X?” To be a real points pro, you need to learn how to maximize the earning of points,…

How Should I Use AAdvantage Miles to Fly to Sydney?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m trying to book business class with American Airlines miles to Sydney (SYD) in November and there are almost zero flights. Is it a lost cause? Any advice?” If you want to use American Airlines miles to go to Australia, the easy option is to redeem them…

Save on Spring Hotel Stays with Membership Programs

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr compares the savings offered by membership discount programs to see which one offers the best deals. The first day of Spring has come and gone, but given this year’s winter many of you may not have even noticed. Let’s take your mind off of the continuing snow (sorry Northeasterners) and emerge…

One Proud Summer: Gay Pride Festivals in North America

Following unprecedented gains in LGBT rights in the past year, look for gay pride events to be especially joyous this year—and hopeful, as the community awaits the coming U.S. Supreme Court decision on nationwide rights to marriage. To help guide your pride travel plans, new TPG Contributor Drew Limsky shares his picks for the best gay…

Double JetBlue Points, Club Carlson Bonus, Starwood NYC Sale

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save $400 on a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers If you spend $2,500 or more on Qantas airfare purchases, you can get a $400 statement credit with Amex Sync offers. This particular offer is available via Twitter, and you must sync your card…