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,…

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…

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…

Travel Tips For Cuba: What You Need To Know

My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing, and for those who plan on seeing the country for themselves, the following are some useful travel tips—mostly things I wish I’d known before I even left the U.S. Be sure not to miss my post on Who Can Go to Cuba?, and know that I’ll soon be publishing more travel info—your options…

Quadruple-Dip with Points, Miles, & Discounts at Restaurants

I love dining out, and I love it even more when it helps pad my loyalty accounts. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to combine strategies and earn travel rewards up, down, and sideways for every dollar you spend at restaurants. I often tell friends and family that my award travel addiction hobby is like extreme…

Can My Fiancé and I Pool Our Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

TPG reader Vish sent me a message on Facebook asking: “I’ve just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and my fiancé is applying for a Chase Freedom. I’m getting conflicting answers from Chase about whether we can transfer and combine points. Can you help?” Chase has become much stricter about combining points this past year. A few years…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite credit cards because you get double points on all travel and dining. The travel category includes all…

If I Cancel My Chase Card, What Should I Do with My Points?

TPG reader Paul tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m about to cancel my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Do you have any recommendations on where to transfer and store my Ultimate Rewards points?” If you cancel a credit card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards, you will lose all the points you have earned. It’s critical that you…

TPG’s Top New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers

The TPG team is excited to see if 2015 will bring higher point valuations, cheaper award redemptions and (in a dream world) lower hotel and airfare costs. As a companion piece to our list of fabulous destinations to visit in 2015, TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino has compiled a set of resolutions designed to help us improve our collective…

7 of the World’s Most Epic Journeys By Rail

It’s clear that we here at TPG are obsessed with flying, but many of us have a love affair with trains, as well. Traveling by train can feel like a journey back in time, or simply a more romantic way to go from Point A to B. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers her top seven picks for train trips that guarantee breathtaking scenery and the…