My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…

3 Ways to Book Emirates First Class Awards

Despite scrutiny from domestic carriers over unfair subsidies, Emirates (along with Etihad and Qatar) is succeeding at least partly due to the quality of its in-flight product. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how you can book one of the most luxurious award tickets out there — Emirates First Class. One of the things I love most about award travel is being…

Why Chase Freedom Isn’t Just Another Cash Back Card

Chase Ultimate Rewards are among the most valuable loyalty points out there; today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can maximize your earnings with one of the program’s less heralded credit cards. Chase is one of the largest credit card issuers in the United States, and its Chase Freedom Card is clearly one of its…

How Do I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit?

TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask “I just got the American Express Platinum card through CardMatch, but was wondering how to maximize the airline credit. Can I purchase tickets or use it for award taxes and fees?” First off, congrats on getting your card through CardMatch. Hopefully you got an increased bonus offer like…

Is TSA Precheck Better than the First Class Security Line?

TPG reader Cameron tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “If I have access to both the first class priority and TSA Precheck security lines, which is usually better?” I love TSA Precheck. I’ve had it for several years now, and even though some airports are bad at policing the line and TSA often allows random…

Do Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer to American Airlines?

TPG reader Preston tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to American Airlines miles?”  Sadly, Citi ThankYou Rewards points don’t transfer to American Airlines miles, at least not yet. Citi just released new sign-up bonuses an bumped up earning rates on the Citi Prestige card and the Citi ThankYou Premier card, so you can earn…

Which Miami Starwood Hotel is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Carlana tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “I saw your post last Sunday about which NYC Starwood hotel is best for award nights, and was wondering what are the best options for redeeming SPG points in Miami Beach?” Even though I’m a resident of Miami Beach, I’ve still managed to stay at most…

Do In-Flight Credit Card Applications Offer Better Bonuses?

TPG reader Jay tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is there any benefit to applying for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Card when the flight attendants pass out applications onboard vs. applying online?”  I would not recommend applying for a credit card on a plane or in an airport. The signs you see set up…

6 Things I Already Hate About the Apple Watch

Just got confirmation that my shiny new Apple Watch has arrived in New York, but since I’m on my way to Cuba—follow my trip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—I’m paying attention to the early reactions from its first users from the last day or so. While I am looking forward to experiencing its wearable functionality, there…

Favorite Places: Yardbird Restaurant in Hong Kong

For the third installment of our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a restaurant I fell in love with on my recent trip to Hong Kong—Yardbird. Though this is one of the most popular eateries in the city, it’s pretty unassuming from the street—no glitz or glamour, just friendly service, a lot of whisky options,…