How Can I Get to Hawaii with 52,000 Citi ThankYou Points?

TPG reader Charles tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have 52k Citi ThankYou points earned from my Citi Prestige card. What’s the best strategy for using them to go to Hawaii in July?” One of the best perks of the Citi Prestige card is the $250 you get toward airfare each year, which you can use toward…

Should I Use Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou For Travel?

Recently, TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy —”Which card would you recommend using for travel expenses: the Chase Sapphire Preferred card or the Citi Thank You Premier card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of the top travel credit cards for a while now, as you can earn 2X points on…

One Year of Earning and Burning with the Citi ThankYou Premier

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 too 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…

Maximizing Citi ThankYou Rewards with Etihad Guest

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 one of those partners to see what kind of value it offers. Citi recently released some great new offers for cards in the…

Which Rewards Cards Can Help Me Fly Singapore First Class?

TPG reader Joe tweeted me with this question about Singapore Airlines: @thepointsguy– “What would be the best card strategy to save up for Singapore first class?”  I recently flew Singapore Airlines First Class SFO-ICN, and it was an awesome experience even though it wasn’t on their A380 Suites Class, which is rumored to be even more…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015

The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the British Airways award chart devaluation and changes to Southwest Rapid Rewards. With all those factors in play, having a powerful, cohesive…

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,…

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…

My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…