Delta Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on Delta. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing….

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Costco Waves Goodbye to Amex, Inks Deal with Citi

Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale reports on the newly signed partnership between Costco and Citi. Just last month, Costco announced that it would cut ties with American Express, ending a relationship that spanned sixteen years and accounted for a substantial percentage of annual spending on Amex cards worldwide. Only weeks after that announcement, Costco has confirmed that it will enter into a new agreement with…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2015

As airline and hotel loyalty programs change constantly, having a coherent, powerful credit card strategy is more important than ever. Factors to consider include sign-up bonuses, earning bonuses and structures, and the host of other benefits that cardholders stand to gain — like free checked bags, elite status and more. By maximizing these benefits and using the right…

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…

Which Credit Card with Transferable Points Is Best for Gas?

TPG reader Cindy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the best credit card to use for gas purchases that allows you to transfer points to airlines?” Even though gas prices have been coming down, you should still be maximizing and earning on gas purchases. There are plenty of credit cards out there that will…

Why Do You Recommend Transferring Chase UR Points to Hyatt?

TPG reader Dan emailed me to ask: “In several blog posts, you mention that you get more value from Ultimate Rewards points if you use them with Hyatt, but it seems like points transfer 1:1. Can you please explain?” I don’t mean to say that you actually get more points by transferring to Hyatt then…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February 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…

Amex Premier Rewards Gold New Benefits and Increased Fee

Today, American Express announced upcoming changes to bonus categories and benefits on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, including increased points earning at restaurants, a new $100 airline fee credit, and no foreign transaction fees, beginning June 1, 2015. The annual fee will also be increased from $175 to $195. While the value of the benefits outweighs the…