Can I Lock in an Award While I Wait for Points to Transfer?

TPG reader Ahmed sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I’ll be transferring Amex points to Etihad Guest to book an award on American Airlines. I confirmed the availability, but how can I make sure it will still be there once the transfer goes through? I don’t want my points to be stuck with…

Best Cards for Hotel Stays, TAP’s Great New Business Class, Sizing Up the Palladium Card and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Review: American Express Centurion Lounge — Houston (IAH)

Following a preview event earlier this week, Amex opened the doors to its latest Centurion Lounge in Houston earlier today. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew down from NYC to take the new lounge for a (six-hour) spin. I’m spending the day at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport — entirely by choice. I flew here this morning and I’m…

11 Cards That Help You Earn Airline Elite Status

Now that we’re almost halfway through the year, how are you doing with elite status? As TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, a number of co-branded airline cards help you earn elite-qualifying miles toward status, while meeting spending requirements on some can even lead to an elite-qualifying dollar waiver. With American Airlines planning…

A Sneak Peek at the New Amex Centurion Lounge in Houston

Update: We just heard from Amex that the lounge will be opening TOMORROW, June 24, at 5:30am. If you’re passing through IAH, be sure to check it out! Last year, American Express announced that its seventh Centurion Lounge location would be at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). There wasn’t a specific date set for opening, but we now…

6 International Delta Routes You May Not Know About

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express If you recently signed up for a Delta Amex or simply have a lot of SkyMiles in your…

Should You Get the Gold or Platinum Delta Amex Card?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card from American Express With Delta currently offering increased sign-up bonuses, TPG Senior Points &…

The Best Cards for Summer Travel: If You’re Staying in a Hotel

Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert concludes our series on the best credit cards for summer travel with a look at the top options for hotel stays. We recently reviewed some of the best credit card options for summer travel if you’re flying or planning to hit the road, and today we’ll round…

8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in Europe

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers her best tips for saving money on accommodations in Europe. So, you’ve figured out the best way to use some miles to snag an award ticket to Europe — now it’s time to think about where you’re staying. Luckily, there are tons of points hotel options all over Europe, whether you’re…

10 Cards with Sign-Up Bonuses That Get You at Least $500 in Value

Update: I’m adding a No. 11 to this list — see below. If you’ve spent any time on this site or are at all interested in the points and miles hobby, you know that credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to quickly earn points or miles that can be used toward flight, hotel and…