Points Intervention: Choosing the Best Transferable Points Program

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage of the Chase…

Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…

Etihad 4x Miles, Hilton SE Asia Sale, Southwest New Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Choice Hotels Stays You can earn up to 1,250 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at Cambria Hotels and Suites and 750 AAdvantage miles for qualifying stays at other participating Choice hotels through June 15,…

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),…

11 Reasons to Love AAdvantage and Executive Platinum Status

It’s no secret that I’m an American Airlines loyalist. Living in Miami, American is the obvious choice, but beyond that I think AAdvantage elite status is incredibly valuable even if you don’t live in a hub city. I value Executive Platinum status well above the top-tier equivalent with United or Delta, and I feel the same about…

Citi Prestige or AAdvantage Executive — Which Card Is Best?

The competition in the credit card market is so fierce, sometimes card issuers end up competing with themselves. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele compares two of Citi’s premium travel rewards cards to see which one presents the best value to cardholders. Citi has been putting forth a great effort to capture more of the extremely lucrative and competitive travel rewards credit…

The Many Flavors of Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator

Now that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles programs have merged, the US Airways Premier World MasterCard is getting a makeover. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explores the new options for cardholders, and explains why keeping at least one account open might be a good idea. The US Airways Dividend Miles program had a good run,…

Should I Earn AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles or Points?

TPG reader Max had this question about earning status on American Airlines: “What’s the difference between American elite-qualifying miles versus points?” The recent merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into American Airlines AAdvantage has created a lot of changes for flyers, including how elite upgrades work. There are no more freebies for Silver, Gold and Platinum Dividend…

Starwood Giveaway, Delta Australia Fare Sale, Bonus AA Miles

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  SPG Launches “Hear The Music” Concerts & Contests Register for the “Hear The Music” promotion and you could win prizes like concert tickets, 50,000 Starpoints, or free trips. Earn one entry for every two nights booked through spg.com or the…

Should I Give My Loyalty to American Instead of Delta?

TPG reader Darcy asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “I’m based in the Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale area and I currently have over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Should I go ahead and use those miles since I’m now based in Miami, or should I hold on to them and continue to earn more with my Amex Delta…