To Claim or Not to Claim: Car Rental Insurance with Credit Cards

There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes. (All photos by the writer unless noted.) Thanks to miles…

How Long Do Chase Ultimate Rewards Take to Transfer?

Ultimate Rewards points make a great foundation for an award traveler’s portfolio. Like other transferable loyalty currencies, these points can be redeemed for highly valuable awards through airline and hotel transfer partners. I currently hold several different credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards points, and I put all of my daily spending on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 2x points on travel and…

When Should I Sign Up for a Delta Sky Club Membership?

TPG reader @Pottsburg tweeted me to ask about paying for Delta Sky Club access: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m thinking about getting a Sky Club membership. Should I wait for a discount at the end of the year?” Sky Club membership doesn’t run on a calendar year; it’s 12 months from the date you sign up, so it…

1,000 Delta Miles with SPG, New IHG Sign-Up Bonus and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 1,000 Delta SkyMiles with SPG Stay two nights or longer at any Starwood hotel through January 31, 2016 and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus Delta SkyMiles. When booking, use rate code AIRPRODL and be sure to have your SkyMiles…

I Finally Used My SPG Amex for an International Hotel Stay

One of my biggest gripes with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has been the foreign transaction fees, which meant that it didn’t make sense to use my card internationally even when staying at a Starwood property. However, amidst the recent addition of several new benefits, Amex has finally done away with the foreign transaction fees on this card,…

Last Chance for 80,000 Bonus Points with the Marriott Rewards Visa

Last month we wrote about an increased sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, which is currently offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The normal bonus is just 50,000 points, and while there are frequently offers for 70,000 points, we rarely see a bonus this…

Saving $$$ with a Credit Card Extended Warranty — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Top 10 Credit Card Sign-Up Offers for Small Business Owners

Every month, I post a list of the top travel credit card offers. That list usually includes both personal cards and business credit cards, since they frequently offer lucrative sign-up bonuses of their own, as well as other perks like category spending bonuses, discounts at partner merchants, and an easy way to separate your personal and professional expenses. Staying on top of…

Amex Small Business Saturday Is Coming November 28, 2015

Amex has just announced the date of its annual post-Thanksgiving Small Business Saturday, which will be on November 28 this year. The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010, and since then, the day has joined the consumer-driven craze of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Instead of hitting…