Does the Amex Platinum Companion Fare Offer a Good Deal?

TPG reader Eric sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex Platinum benefits: “I’m curious about the first/business class companion fare on Amex Platinum. I haven’t heard much about it; can you expound on whether this is worthwhile?” There have been a lot of questions in the past few weeks about the Platinum Card from American…

Limited-Time Only: Earn Up to 60k Miles with These Delta Amex Offers

Delta offers a number of co-branded credit cards with American Express, all of which can be good choices if you frequently fly the airline. Now could be an especially good time to sign up for one of these options if you haven’t already, since four of them are currently offering elevated sign-up bonuses until July 6,…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….

Review: Food, Wine and Music at BottleRock Napa 2016 with SPG

Last weekend, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert attended the Starwood-sponsored BottleRock festival in Napa. Here’s her report on the event’s food, drink, music and more. When it comes to Memorial Day weekend escapes, it’s hard to beat Napa. Home to some of the best wine and restaurants in the country, not to mention…

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Next European Vacation — Besides Using Points and Miles

Madrid-based TPG Contributor Lori Zaino offers some of her best tips and tricks for planning an affordable European getaway.  Booking flights and choosing the best hotels are just part of the trip-planning equation, and by now, you may have a good feel for how that works. However, once you get to where you’re going, you’ll no doubt want to explore your…

Can I Earn Bonuses for Different Amex Platinum Cards?

TPG reader Vishal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex cards: “Is the Mercedes-Benz Amex Platinum card considered the same product as the regular Platinum card? Can I earn a sign-up bonus for each one, and do they have the same benefits?” Most credit card issuers have application restrictions that limit how many accounts you can…

Amex Freezing Some Membership Rewards Accounts Following 100K Offer

Update 2 (5/21/16): TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt is once again able to transfer points, so it seems likely that American Express has unfrozen these accounts. Update (5/21/16): According to reader reports (and this Reddit thread), it appears that Amex has already begun unfreezing member accounts. For a short time last week, American Express was offering…

Our Million-Point Asia Experience — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Snag 10,000 Points for Each SPG Amex Referral

Here’s one more reason to be thankful for friends and family: Through June 15, 2016, Amex and Starwood are offering 10,000 bonus Starpoints for each referral you make to either the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express. Assuming your friend or family member applies…

How Secondary Car Rental Insurance Works for Renters Without Auto Insurance

If your travel plans involve renting a car but you don’t have any personal insurance or a card with primary insurance, you may think you need to accept the rental company’s Collision Damage Waiver option. However, as TPG Contributor Akash Gupta explains, having a credit card with secondary insurance is sufficient to cover damage to…