Costco’s Switch from Amex to Visa Delayed Until Summer 2016

Last year, Costco announced it was cutting ties with American Express and signing an exclusive agreement with Citi to provide co-branded Visa credit cards for customers beginning April 1, 2016. Now that roll out has been pushed back until “early summer” because the transition has taken longer than expected. Costco announced it was cutting its 16-year…

3 Weeks in France on a College Budget — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Top 9 Low-Fee Credit Cards for 2016

Everyone wants to earn valuable travel rewards from the credit cards, but not everybody is willing to pay a high annual fee. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at some of the best values in travel rewards credit cards with low (or no) annual fees. All travel enthusiasts eventually…

Giving Tuesday: How to Help Children Around The World

Traveling to far-off lands and exotic countries is incredible, but seeing an impoverished child selling souvenirs or begging for money can really tug on you heartstrings. Here, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers some charity organizations and ways to help make a difference in kids’ lives around the world. (All photos are by author unless otherwise specified). Research Charity Options Ahead…

Can I Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free Twice in One Stay?

TPG reader Scott sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Citi Prestige benefits: “If I use the Citi Prestige card for a 10-night stay at a hotel, do I get both the fourth and eighth nights free?” Based on the emails and comments coming into TPG each day, there’s a lot of interest right now…

Citi Has A New Way to Redeem ThankYou Points

Citi recently added another method for redeeming ThankYou points earned with cards like the Citi Prestige — but you might want to think twice before using it. Members will now be able to shop with an app called “Wonder,” which allows you to purchase digital gift cards with ThankYou points. As usual with gift card redemptions, the value…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for February 2016

We’re well into 2016, so now is the time to get your credit-card strategy for the year into place. With British Airways raising low-level redemptions in the US this month, an impending devaluation of American Airlines’ award chart, and more news sure to come down the pike about the takeover of Starwood by Marriott, it’s…

Citi Launches Dedicated Concierge for Prestige Cardholders

Last month, we reported that Citi had finally simplified the 4th Night Free booking process, as part of its new partnership with the Aspire Lifestyles concierge service. In theory, it’s now easier to make 4th Night Free bookings, since you only need to speak to one representative to complete the entire process. 4th Night Fee…

Does the Citi Prestige Concierge Offer Good Hotel Rates?

TPG reader AJ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotels: “Does the Citi Prestige Concierge offer good rates on hotel rooms? How do prices compare to direct bookings?” Perhaps the most lucrative travel rewards credit card perk out there is the 4th Night Free benefit on the Citi Prestige Card. As the name implies, you can get a free…

The 5 Best Cards for Airfare Purchases in 2016 

If you’re paying for airfare in cash rather than miles, you should at least be earning valuable rewards on your spending. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, with some travel rewards credit cards you can earn up to 3 points per dollar on airline expenses — getting you closer to that…