What’s the Most Lucrative Current Credit Card Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Chris emailed me to ask: “What is the most lucrative credit card sign-up bonus offer available right now?”  There are some incredibly valuable targeted offers out there right now, but to answer this question I’m going to focus only on bonuses available to everyone. I think that right now the most lucrative sign-up bonus is the US Airways…

Can I Transfer Hyatt Points to Southwest for Companion Pass?

TPG Reader Yosef tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Can I transfer Hyatt points to Southwest to help me earn the Southwest Companion Pass?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is an amazing perk that I frequently discuss. The good news is, yes, you can transfer Hyatt points that will count toward earning the Companion Pass. However, the bad…

What’s the Best Credit Card to Earn Free Domestic Flights?

TPG reader Stacey tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What’s the best travel rewards credit card to earn free flights for domestic travel?” The answer to this question depends heavily on another: what airline(s) do you like to fly? I think the 50,000 point sign-up bonus offers on the Southwest credit cards are a great deal, and are worth over $700…

What Are Some Tips for Earning SPG Platinum Status?

TPG reader Savannah tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I really want to go for SPG Platinum this year, but don’t know if I’ll meet the requirements. Any advice?” Just like me, Savannah loves her SPG Platinum status. The easy tip if you’re nervous about re-qualifying is simply to stay, stay, stay. Book as much travel…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum: Which Is Better?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred a better all-around credit card than the Amex Platinum?” There’s no single card that’s universally “better” than all others, because the value of any given credit card depends on how you use it. What you personally get out of card—points, bonuses, redemption options,…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles to Asia, Silvercar Discount, and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar Extends $59 Per Day Rental Promotion The rapidly expanding premium car rental company Silvercar is extending its $59 rental sale from now through February 28, 2015 in all of the cities where it currently operates. SilverCar exclusively rents Audi A4 vehicles equipped…

Amex PointsMatch Promotion: Redeem on AA, United (Targeted)

Select American Express business cardholders have been targeted for a sweet pilot deal called PointsMatch, which allows you to essentially redeem Membership Rewards points for awards on American Airlines and United. If you have an Amex small-business card like the Business Platinum, Business Rewards Gold, Plum, etc., and receive an e-mailed invitation for this offer, I recommend jumping…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January 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…

Credit Card Benefits and Strategies for Active Duty Military

A great way to maximize travel is to take advantage of memberships or other affiliations (like an alumni association or AAA) that can earn you discounts and more. With well over one million members on active duty, the United States Military is a prominent example, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the extra benefits credit…

Where and How to Book Hotels in Havana, Cuba

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, and How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options. Also, know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info about what to do/see/eat once you’ve arrived, and hotel and lounge reviews—so please…