Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore East Asia. Over the last few months, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has presented some…

5 Reasons Not to Transfer ThankYou Rewards to Qantas

The travel rewards landscape is constantly changing, sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for nothing. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains why you can forget about Citi’s newest transfer partner. It’s always good news when a flexible rewards program adds another transfer parter, as the more opportunity you have to use your points,…

Qantas Added as Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer Partner

Citi ThankYou Rewards has made another stride forward by adding Qantas as its eleventh airline transfer partner, and twelfth transfer partner overall. After ThankYou Rewards massively expanded its transfer options last summer (with the addition of 9 new partners, including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles), the program bulked up further when it added Flying Blue in August and…

Can I Earn AAdvantage EQMs By Booking Tickets for Others?

TPG reader Todd emailed me to ask: “Can I earn American Airline EQMs or points by booking tickets for others? I may have occasions where I purchase tickets for my wife and son, and want to maximize my EQMs/points if possible.” Todd, your wife and son will always earn the Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) for…

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Diamond Status Spending Bonus

With the recent announcement that Hilton HHonors is launching lifetime Diamond elite status, I thought I’d write a little reminder about another great (and faster!) way to earn Hilton Diamond status: spending on the Hilton HHonors Reserve card from Citibank. As a reminder, the card offers the following sign-up bonus and benefits: Sign-up Bonus: Earn 2…

Your FICO Score and Which Credit Cards Offer It Free

Building a good credit score is important if you want to get approved for the best travel rewards cards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains the significance of your FICO score, and which credit cards can help you track it to better maintain your credit rating. After a Social Security number, a FICO credit score is perhaps the most important number assigned to Americans,…

Credit Card Applications: BA Visa, US Air, Citi AAdvantage

As I often point out, credit card sign-up bonuses are an easy way to boost your loyalty account balances. Today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart discusses his most recent card applications, including which cards he selected and why, and how he plans to use those points and miles. Since I got hooked on award travel in 2011,…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for February 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card Deciding which credit cards to apply for is among the most important factors in your award travel strategy. The sign-up bonuses, earning structures and other benefits many of these cards carry can help you rack up…

Business Credit Card Comparison: Bonus Categories

I try to maximize my points and miles by using credit cards that offer spending category bonuses for all my purchases, including business expenses. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at which business credit cards offer the most rewards to help you do the same. Just about all rewards credit cards offer one…

Can I Use the US Airways Companion Pass After the Merger?

TPG reader Bjorn tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What will happen to the US Airways Companion tickets after the merger? My wife and I still have one each.” In just a couple months, US Airways and American Airlines will finally merge their frequent flyer programs. This step has a lot of implications for both programs, as well…