Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to…

What Should I Do In Iceland For 5 Days in July?

Although I’ve been enjoying summer so far on the east coast hanging out with family and friends, barbecuing, spending some time out on the water and generally just taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having – when I sit still for too long, the travel bug starts to bite me. I have a…

Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d…

Top 10: Club Carlson Credit Card Half-Price Award Redemptions

In my last round of credit card applications (well my last app-o-rama rather than my recent applications) I got the The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa personal card, which not only has a nice sign-up bonus, but also a bunch of great perks. Although the sign-up bonus of 85,000 points sounds like a big number,…

What’s Better – 6 Hilton HHonors Points Or 5 Club Carlson Points Per Dollar?

TPG follower Joanna tweeted this week asking if she should earn Hilton or Club Carlson points on grocery shopping: “@thepointsguy should I use my Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass or Club Carlson card for grocery shopping? I am curious if 6 Hilton HHonors points or 5 Club Carlson points per dollar makes more sense.” Personally, I…

Reminder: Buy Club Carlson Points For 0.35 Cents With Daily Getaways – 1PM ET Today

It’s Week 2 of Amex’s Daily Getaways special vacation package sales, and today, Wednesday, June 19, Daily Getaways will be selling packages of Club Carlson points at a significant discount of up to 50%. Here are the packages. 100,000 Club Carlson Gold Points – Redeem for a 2-Night Stay, $385 ($700 value), 71 Available, Max…

Daily Getaways Week 2: Club Carlson, Avis, Omni Hotels, and Vegas Deals

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit trade association with the mission of increasing travel to and within the US, where you can sometimes purchase points and miles packages for a fraction of the price they would normally cost. This year, the promotion is running from…

Hotel Points Expiration Policies Roundup

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major loyalty programs. In yesterday’s post I covered airline miles expiration policies…