Are Amex Centurion Lounges Worth a Detour?

TPG reader Ian writes via twitter: @thepointsguy — “is it worth going out of your way to get to a Centurion Lounge?” The state of domestic airline lounges isn’t all that great. While a lot of airlines are upgrading lounges, they’ve also increased the cost of admission, as well as prices for premium drinks and food. However,…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling: @thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?” Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you…

10 Photos: Golden Decadence and More in Abu Dhabi

In his travel photo essays, TPG Contributor (and pro photographer) Patrick T. Fallon includes tips on exploring destinations, redeeming miles, gaining elite status and improving your own photography while traveling. Between TPG posts, follow his photo work and travels on Instagram. (All photos by the author.) In my first 10 Photos post, I explored Dubai while visiting friends in the city. As this…

Should I Get the Starwood Amex with 30,000 Bonus Points?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about Starwood and the co-branded Amex card: “I just started staying at Starwood hotels — should I get the Amex SPG with the 30,000 bonus points?” Every August for the last several years, Starwood and American Express have increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card,…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2015

Loyalty programs change all the time, and so do the credit cards associated with them. Bonuses rise and fall, benefits shift and mileage charts are revalued, all with little or no notice. Staying up to date on the credit card marketplace is imperative for a successful award-travel strategy. That can be a lot to keep track…

Thursday Giveaway: $500 to Spend at Starwood Hotels

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win $500 to spend at any Starwood property. One of TPG’s favorite hotels is the St. Regis Bali Resort, a Starwood Category 7 property, and while $500 will barely get you a night at that hotel, it’ll go a long way at hundreds of other properties around the world….

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus

For the past few years, American Express has periodically raised the sign-up bonuses on its personal and business OPEN Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards from the usual 25,000 points to 30,000 points. These increased bonuses usually appear at the end of summer for about a month; however, it looks like they’re coming back a little early…

9 Reasons I Love My Amex Business Platinum Card

As I was sitting in the American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia the other day, Instagramming how much I was enjoying the fried chicken, I couldn’t help but think about how much I value the benefits of my Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. At a time when many credit cards, including the Citi ThankYou…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Each Bonus Category

Readers frequently ask me which rewards card to use for spending in a certain category. Each card has its strengths, and many offer bonus points for certain types of purchases. By using the best card for the job at hand, you can maximize each dollar spent, and earn a solid return of points and miles. Today, I’ll share…

Can I Pay for Delta Tickets with SkyMiles and Cash?

TPG reader William wrote in with a question about Delta SkyMiles: “There used to be an option to redeem Delta SkyMiles and cash to book a ticket. Did they take that option away? It would be nice to use some miles and pay for the rest on my Amex card.” There’s no doubt Delta has been…