25% American Express Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic

Though not as high as recent transfer bonuses of 30-35%, American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards including the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay cards, is offering a 25% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic for the month of April. Instead of the normal 1:1 transfer ratio, when you transfer 1,000…

Is Amex Platinum Worth It If I’m Not Near Centurion Lounges?

TPG reader Mel tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth replacing my Citi Prestige card with an American Express Platinum Card if I typically fly out of Newark, which does not have a Centurion lounge? Are there any other benefits I should consider?” Unfortunately, there is no Centurion Lounge at Newark (EWR), and the…

Redeeming Amex Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

I value Amex Membership Rewards at 2.0 cents apiece. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. TPG’s latest monthly valuations listed American Express Membership Rewards just behind Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Diners Club Rewards as the most valuable…

Is American Express Membership Rewards Travel Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Amex Travel booking engine to see what value it offers. There are many websites and travel services that guarantee* you the lowest price, greatest privileges, and best booking experience.  However, they don’t all walk the walk. In this post, I’ll look at the American Express Travel online booking engine (along with the…

Should I Switch from Amex Platinum to Premier Rewards Gold?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy — “With the recent changes to the Amex Premier Rewards Gold, is it worth switching from my Amex Platinum?” The recent changes to the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card have been good, despite the $20 increase in the annual fee from $175 to $195. Beginning June 1,…

How Should I Use My Stash of Amex Membership Rewards Points?

TPG reader Johnny asked me: “I have about 1.5 million points with Amex, but just can’t seem to find good ways to use them. Can you help?”  Johnny, you’re sitting on an extremely valuable chunk of points, and I’m sure we can find great ways for you to use them! Amex makes it easy to use…

Should I Upgrade from Gold Delta Amex to Delta Reserve Card?

TPG reader Rob sent me this question on Facebook: “I’m currently a Delta Diamond Medallion member with a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. I’m trying to determine whether upgrading to the Delta Reserve Credit Card is worth the additional $350. I’ve asked dozens of people and received as many different opinions. What do you think?” My answer to…

1,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Bonus Aeroplan Miles and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Chef Michelle Bernstein to Create Miami Centurion Lounge Menu The fifth Amex Centurion Lounge will be opening in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer. Chef Michelle Bernstein (who has also worked with Delta) will create menu items…