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…

Can I Upgrade My Credit Card Without a New Application?

TPG reader Brock emailed me to ask about upgrading a credit card: “I currently have an Amex EveryDay card and use it a ton on groceries and other purchases, but I’m interested in the Everyday Preferred card. Could I call American Express and convert from one to the other? If so, will they run another credit check,…

Best Ways to Use 100,000 Membership Rewards Points

If you currently hold the Platinum Card from American Express or were lucky enough to get in on the recent 100,000-point sign-up offer, you’re probably wondering how to put those points to use. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen goes over some of the best partner redemption options. Earlier this week, for…

10 Things to Do When You Get Amex Platinum

A couple of days ago, the internet — and, more specifically, points and miles hobbyists — were shocked to see an offer for the Amex Platinum of 100,000 points after $3,000 in spend in the first three months. The normal sign-up bonus for the card is 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first…

Insider Series: Carrie’s 5 Tips for Surviving Long-Haul Flights

Having logged more than 325,000 miles last year — and 85% of the time on long-haul flights — few people know more about what it takes to survive a long flight. Here, TPG Insider Carrie A. Trey shares some of her best tips and tricks so you can come off the plane looking fresh as a daisy. Long-haul travel can be really fun…

The Best Credit Cards For Starwood Guests

If you frequently stay at Starwood properties or simply want to rack up enough points to book some award stays, it helps to have the right credit cards in your wallet. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele walks you through some of the best options for earning rewards and enjoying elite benefits within…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and fairly constant bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as…

Can I Stack MQMs from Spending on Multiple Delta Amex Cards?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Delta Medallion status: “I have a Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, and I’ve passed both thresholds to earn bonus Medallion miles. Can I get another Delta card to earn even more elite miles, and if so, is that a good strategy?” Several airlines offer paths to elite…