What’s the Best Card for Earning AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Michel tweeted me to ask about the best credit for earning American Airlines miles: @thepointsguy — “Which card is better to earn AAdvantage miles: Barclaycard Aviator Silver or Starwood Amex? (I don’t fly enough to earn Elite status.)” As with many cards, it depends on how you spend your money. The Barclaycard Aviator Silver earns 3 AAdvantage miles…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? August 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?” The answer 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…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Paris

My most recent visit to Paris was for the city’s busy Fashion Week, which filled up points-friendly hotel options like the Westin Paris – Vendôme, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and the Prince de Galles. So I took the opportunity to try out a property that’s famous for not being a points hotel — the Mandarin Oriental Paris. There’s…

5 Ways to Save on a Disney World Vacation

A family trip to Disney World isn’t cheap. Rising hotel rates, hefty food prices, overpriced souvenirs and now talk of rising theme park ticket prices can easily turn the happiest place on earth into a grumpy money trap. Luckily, with some smart planning and flexibility, a Disney World vacation could be within reach — TPG Contributor…

Barclaycard Confirms Arrival and Arrival Plus Changes

Barclaycard stopped taking new applications for the Arrival and Arrival Plus cards earlier this week, in advance of a product refresh in mid-July. Amid the speculation about potential changes to benefits for cardholders, Barclaycard had remained silent about updates until this afternoon. Barclaycard will lower the redemption bonus for both the Arrival and Arrival Plus cards from 10% to…

Despite Claims, Capital One’s Cards Aren’t the Best for Award Travel

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at some of the claims made by Capital One about its travel rewards cards, and separates the truths from the half-truths. Several years ago, Capital One launched a new marketing campaign touting the virtues of its travel rewards credit cards, featuring celebrity endorsements from Samuel L. Jackson and (more recently) Jennifer Garner. To say…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Wyndham Rewards Visa

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much even a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…