Maximizing Hyatt’s 20% Points Discount on Award Redemptions

Hyatt recently announced an offer promoting 20% points refunds on award stays through July 31, 2015. Current Hyatt credit cardholders have from now until March 31, 2015 to register for the promotion. This promo is targeted to those who have the Hyatt Credit Card and received the offer directly from Hyatt. However, the good news for them…

Chase Drops All Travel Sites from Ultimate Rewards Portal

Shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to rack up extra points and miles for purchases that you’re already making. I highly advise against going directly to a retailer’s website when you can easily use a shopping portal to get a better return. In some instances you can earn huge bonuses, depending on what you’re shopping for. Because Chase Ultimate…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards Questions (and Answers)

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele answers 8 questions about travel rewards credit cards that seem to always be on the minds of TPG readers (and in the TPG email inbox). Those of us who have been playing the points and miles game for a while tend to take travel rewards cards for…

Qantas Added as Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer Partner

Citi ThankYou Rewards has made another stride forward by adding Qantas as its eleventh airline transfer partner, and twelfth transfer partner overall. After ThankYou Rewards massively expanded its transfer options last summer (with the addition of 9 new partners, including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles), the program bulked up further when it added Flying Blue in August and…

Should I Get the Delta Platinum Amex or the Starwood Amex?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I currently have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express, and have been offered an upgrade to the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card. I’m a bit apprehensive due to the lack of transparency Delta now has regarding its award travel structure. I’m also a Platinum member with SPG, but don’t have…

Can I Earn AAdvantage EQMs By Booking Tickets for Others?

TPG reader Todd emailed me to ask: “Can I earn American Airline EQMs or points by booking tickets for others? I may have occasions where I purchase tickets for my wife and son, and want to maximize my EQMs/points if possible.” Todd, your wife and son will always earn the Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) for…

How Can I Share Credit Card Rewards with Business Partners?

TPG reader Nancy emailed me to ask: “My business partner and I are looking for a business credit card that earns miles, but we want to share them.  All of the companies I’ve contacted allow miles to be shared only with a  spouse or domestic partner — not a legally documented business partner! Do you have any…

Air Canada’s New TD Aeroplan Visa for US Cardholders

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a new credit card option for earning mile in the Air Canada Aeroplan program. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program has long been one of my favorite ways to book Star Alliance award flights. While you might not fly Air Canada often, there are several options for earning…

Why Are Americans So Unaware of Credit Card Rewards?

I’ve been in the points and miles game for years now, and knowing how lucrative it can be with minimal effort, I’m always perplexed by how many people never even play. Every time I see someone paying with cash or a debit card, I shake my head. Even apart from the sign-up bonuses offered by many travel rewards cards, you can make a killing by…

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses to Get Before They’re Gone

With some credit card sign-up bonuses exceeding previous offers, others appearing to be in peril due to tenuous brand relationships, and still others facing devaluations within their points programs, it’s a great time to take advantage of several credit card offers that are currently available, but might not be for long. Whether you’re looking to simply increase your…