Is Sapphire Preferred and Amex Platinum the Best Card Combo?

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask about his rewards card strategy: @thepointsguy– “I currently have an American Express Platinum card and a Delta Amex Gold, which are the only cards I carry. Should I swap out the Delta Gold card for a Chase Sapphire Preferred, since I’m not flying Delta as much?” Mark, what you’re…

Should I Use Points or Cash for my Upcoming Hotel Stay?

TPG reader Roman tweeted me to ask about which points to use for a hotel stay: @thepointsguy–”For a one-night stay at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, we have three options: $495 AAA rate, 20K SPG points or 42K Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Which is best?” Deciding whether to use points or cash is tricky, and…

Southwest Airlines 50,000 Points Sign-Up Bonus Returns

Chase is once again offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 points for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. This standard offer for this card is 25,000 miles. so this larger bonus is much more lucrative. Here are the full details: Get 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in…

Is Barclaycard Ring the Most Unique Credit Card Offered?

As an award traveler, I pay close attention to the wide array of benefits offered by travel rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses one of the more unique benefits you’ll find: a say in your card’s terms and features. I cover the entire credit card industry very closely…

Is the Citi ThankYou Travel Center Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Citi ThankYou Travel Center to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Over the last month I’ve been analyzing the online travel agencies of different rewards programs to find out whether they offer better value than sites like Kayak and Orbitz, or the airlines’ own websites. Thus far,…

How United’s Explorer Card Can Get You to Europe this Summer

Europe has long been a hot summer travel destination, and this year is no exception. For those of you interested in exploring the old country, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a great option for getting to Europe with travel rewards. As TPG wrote about yesterday, the United MileagePlus Explorer Card just announced a new offer. For…

New United MileagePlus Explorer 50,000 Miles Sign-up Bonus

Chase has relaunched the United MileagePlus Explorer Card with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening, with a waived annual fee the first year, plus two one-time passes for the United Club each year. United MileagePlus Explorer Card LIMITED TIME OFFER: Start with 50,000 bonus miles after you spend…

Avoiding Late Payments and Other Silly Credit Card Mistakes

Loyalty points and miles can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s important to make sure that the cost of earning them doesn’t wipe away the value you get from redeeming. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can avoid some of the more insidious charges associated with travel rewards credit cards….

Maximizing ThankYou Rewards on Cathay Pacific and Eva Air

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on several of those partners to see what kind of value they offer.  Citi recently released some great new offers for cards in…

Why I’m Off To Cuba Again (So Soon)

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’ve been wanting to head back to Cuba and explore more of this charming, complex country–the largest in the Caribbean, with newly relaxed restrictions and a lot to offer tourists aside from its capital city. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and…