Is Amex Platinum Worth It If I’m Not Near Centurion Lounges?

TPG reader Mel tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth replacing my Citi Prestige card with an American Express Platinum Card if I typically fly out of Newark, which does not have a Centurion lounge? Are there any other benefits I should consider?” Unfortunately, there is no Centurion Lounge at Newark (EWR), and the…

Are US Airways Companion Tickets Valid After the Merger?

TPG reader Kent tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Are US Airways companion tickets still valid after the AA/US Airways merger is fully completed?” This weekend, American Airlines and US Airways are finally merging frequent flyer mile programs. There are lots of changes coming, but the most frequent question I’ve been getting is about the…

Can I Use My Household Income on a Credit Card Application?

TPG reader Alan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “When applying for a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, can my wife and I both apply so it shows our combined income?”  When you apply for a credit card, the card is either for you or your wife, so the answer would be no. However, you can…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom for Dining in Q2?

TPG reader Suzanne tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “For next quarter, is it better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X on dining plus the 7% dividend, or use the Chase Freedom for 5X?” To be a real points pro, you need to learn how to maximize the earning of points,…

Redeeming Amex Membership Rewards for Maximum Value

I value Amex Membership Rewards at 2.0 cents apiece. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. TPG’s latest monthly valuations listed American Express Membership Rewards just behind Starwood Preferred Guest, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Diners Club Rewards as the most valuable…

How To Save on Hotel Rooms Using Tingo and DreamCheaper

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at two new websites that can help you save on paid hotel stays. Technology has been a wonderful friend to the travel industry. Companies like Uber and Hotel Tonight enable travelers to connect with travel providers directly to utilize their services, a classic example of linking supply and demand….

Travel Rewards March Madness Elite Eight: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the second round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Last week, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, which pits some of the most popular redemptions and benefits in the travel industry against one another. Thousands…

Is American Express Membership Rewards Travel Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Amex Travel booking engine to see what value it offers. There are many websites and travel services that guarantee* you the lowest price, greatest privileges, and best booking experience.  However, they don’t all walk the walk. In this post, I’ll look at the American Express Travel online booking engine (along with the…