Carlson and AAdvantage Bonuses, Summer Travel Cards and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Launches Online Booking Bonus Club Carlson is giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 Gold Points per night for reservations made through the Club Carlson website, mobile app or any Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group website at the more than…

Could Selfie Payment Verification Replace the PIN?

In a move that is targeted toward the “selfie generation,” MasterCard has begun a payment verification trial with 500 card holders to snap away instead of typing in a PIN or, heaven forbid, signing for a purchase. MasterCard is reportedly working directly with phone manufacturers to integrate selfie-based security, which requires the MasterCard app to authenticate transactions — since these…

Should I Get the Citi AA Executive Card with the 75,000-Mile Bonus?

TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask a credit card question: “Should I sign up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard with a 75,000-mile bonus?” Just this week, Citi announced a new sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, offering 75,000 miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three…

Should I Get the Discover It Card for Cash Back?

TPG reader Zach messaged me to ask about cash-back credit cards: “Should I sign-up for the Discover It card since it has a new offer?”  I don’t talk a lot about Discover cards because generally cash back isn’t my main priority. I prefer to earn points and miles to redeem for airfare and hotels instead…

Comparing Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard Benefits

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus, Ink Cash.   Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can maximize your travel by taking advantage of some lesser known benefits on your travel rewards credit cards. When you think of top credit card rewards…

Why I’m Off To Cuba Again (So Soon)

Ever since my spur-of-the-moment trip to Havana, Cuba with TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino back in January 2015, I’ve been wanting to head back to Cuba and explore more of this charming, complex country–the largest in the Caribbean, with newly relaxed restrictions and a lot to offer tourists aside from its capital city. Visiting only Havana is like going to Times Square and…

Fun Summer Trips for Budget-Conscious Travelers

As soon as that summer sunshine hits, everyone seems to crave a getaway, so it can often be hard to find good deals. High-season around most of the U.S. and Europe means higher prices, but TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some destinations that won’t break the bank. For the Carefree and Spirited Adventurer: A U.S. Road Trip…

Will the AAdvantage Aviator Card Have a Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Treavor had this question: “I got the US Airways MasterCard for the sign-up bonus, but I never fly US Airways/American – only United and Delta. Should I get rid of the card before it switches over to the Aviator Silver so that I can get a sign-up bonus for the Aviator cards when they finally have…

Should I Give My Loyalty to American Instead of Delta?

TPG reader Darcy asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “I’m based in the Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale area and I currently have over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Should I go ahead and use those miles since I’m now based in Miami, or should I hold on to them and continue to earn more with my Amex Delta…

Are US Airways Companion Tickets Valid After the Merger?

TPG reader Kent tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Are US Airways companion tickets still valid after the AA/US Airways merger is fully completed?” This weekend, American Airlines and US Airways are finally merging frequent flyer mile programs. There are lots of changes coming, but the most frequent question I’ve been getting is about the…