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, etc., and receive an e-mailed invitation for this offer, I recommend jumping on it…

How to Upgrade Flights on International Carriers: Part Two

There’s more than one way to maximize your award travel, and sometimes the less obvious ways are the most valuable. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his explanation of how you can get yourself into premium cabins on international flights with a relatively small number of miles. Last week, I described how to upgrade flights on a variety of…

Which Business Credit Card Should I Get?

TPG reader Berel sent me a message on facebook to ask: “I have the Chase Ink Plus and spend about $25,000-30,000 on it each month. Is there another business credit card you recommend so I can accumulate points other than Chase Ultimate Rewards?” The Chase Ink Plus is among the business cards that I use regularly, and I think it’s one of the…

Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers and Travel Rewards

Credit is an important tool; a sound financial standing can not only get you lower rates for mortgages and other loans, it can also help get you approved for the best rewards credit cards. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips on how to use balance transfers to manage your credit so you can…

American Express to Virgin America 35% Transfer Bonus

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin America through February 15, 2015. Normally points transfer at the lackluster ratio of 2 Amex points to 1 Elevate point, but with this promo, you can…

4,000 Bonus HHonors Points for Hilton Amex Cardholders

American Express is offering 4,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points when you spend $400 or more in a single transaction directly at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, and pay using your co-branded Amex Hilton card. The bonus is offered for transactions through February 28, 2015. No registration is necessary; qualifying transactions will earn the bonus points automatically….

New Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts Benefit: Free In-Room WiFi

As I’ve mentioned before when reviewing the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) program, a portal that allows Amex Platinum cardholders to take advantage of perks and benefits at select hotels and resorts—not unlike having elite status or booking through a well-connected travel agent. And just as Amex keeps adding properties to the FHR roster, they…