Carlson and AAdvantage Bonuses, Summer Travel Cards and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Launches Online Booking Bonus Club Carlson is giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 Gold Points per night for reservations made through the Club Carlson website, mobile app or any Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group website at the more than…

A Week in the Admirals Club — Reagan Washington National Airport

It’s the final day of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour with the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. He’s making a trip to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and capping off the week with an afternoon in New York LaGuardia’s Centurion Lounge for comparison.  You can find his other reports in this series from Chicago-O’Hare, New York-LaGuardia,…

Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

As I’ve discussed in the past, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a…

5 Ways to Save on a Disney World Vacation

A family trip to Disney World isn’t cheap. Rising hotel rates, hefty food prices, overpriced souvenirs and now talk of rising theme park ticket prices can easily turn the happiest place on earth into a grumpy money trap. Luckily, with some smart planning and flexibility, a Disney World vacation could be within reach — TPG Contributor…

75,000-Point Sign-up Bonus for Citi Hilton Visa Signature

The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card is a great everyday credit card for those wanting to earn Hilton HHonors points, and its sign-up bonus just got even better. The increased sign-up offer is now 75,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first three months, with no annual fee. This card also provides complimentary Hilton…

A Week in the Admirals Club — New York LaGuardia Airport

It’s day two of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour, with the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, and he’s visiting his hometown airport, New York LaGuardia. On day two, I had a dilemma — there was one club I really liked, and one that I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t. While…

Citibank is Developing its Own Digital Currency

Citibank has developed a test version of its own digital currency, currently called CitiCoin. According to an article in the International Business Times, Citi’s currency was inspired by bitcoin, the popular yet controversial currency used for anonymous digital transactions. In theory, Citibank’s backing will bring some formal structure to an otherwise unregulated technology. In its discussion with IBT, Citibank reps said the company…

How to Earn Bonus Rewards through Your Banking Relationship

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can boost your travel rewards earnings through your checking, savings, and investment accounts. While credit card issuers are happy to earn your business by offering travel rewards, they’d all like to engage you in their full spectrum of banking and even investment products. In this post, I’ll explain how both Bank…

Fast-Track Arrival Options Around the World

We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some ways to expedite security, immigration and customs when traveling abroad.   Global Entry — United States…

Should I Get the Citi AA Executive Card with the 75,000-Mile Bonus?

TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask a credit card question: “Should I sign up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard with a 75,000-mile bonus?” Just this week, Citi announced a new sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, offering 75,000 miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three…