What Are Points & Miles Worth? January Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Adds Two New Benefits

Citi has sent out flyers notifying cardholders that the  Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature has added some new benefits. Annual Loyalty Bonus You’ll now earn a bonus of 10,000 Hilton HHonors points when you spend $1,000 or more annually on stays within the Hilton Portfolio, and pay with your Citi Hilton Visa. In my latest monthly valuations I list HHonors…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

Citi ThankYou Premier Changes Bonus Spending Categories

Citi is modifying the bonus spending categories on the Citi ThankYou Premier card, some for the better and some for the worse. Beginning on April 19, 2015, cardholders will earn 3 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on a wide range of travel expenses (including gas), and 2 points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment, while continuing to…

Virgin Atlantic Added as Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

Last summer, Citi ramped up the value of their ThankYou Rewards program by adding 8 new transfer partners (including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles) along with Flying Blue shortly after. While most of these Asian/Middle Eastern frequent flyer programs are not as lucrative as programs based in North America, there are still great values to be had,…

Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers and Travel Rewards

Credit is an important tool; a sound financial standing can not only get you lower rates for mortgages and other loans, it can also help get you approved for the best rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to use balance transfers to manage your credit so you can…

Top 5 Factors to Look for in Transferable Points Programs

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus Transferable points are the cornerstone of a robust travel rewards portfolio, so…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio…

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the credit card and how many bags you can check. Though it seems like a fairly obvious benefit, many basic…

What is Hilton HHonors Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2015 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Hilton HHonors elite status to help you decide. In the last few weeks of 2014, you probably…