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,…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles to Asia, Silvercar Discount, and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar Extends $59 Per Day Rental Promotion The rapidly expanding premium car rental company Silvercar is extending its $59 rental sale from now through February 28, 2015 in all of the cities where it currently operates. SilverCar exclusively rents Audi A4 vehicles equipped…

Amex PointsMatch Promotion: Redeem on AA, United (Targeted)

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN Select American Express business cardholders have been targeted for a sweet pilot deal called PointsMatch, which allows you to essentially redeem Membership Rewards points for awards on American Airlines and United. If you have…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Credit Card Benefits and Strategies for Active Duty Military

A great way to maximize travel is to take advantage of memberships or other affiliations (like an alumni association or AAA) that can earn you discounts and more. With well over one million members on active duty, the United States Military is a prominent example, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the extra benefits credit…

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…

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Adds Two New Benefits

Citi has sent out flyers notifying cardholders that the  Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature has added some new benefits. Annual Loyalty Bonus You’ll now earn a bonus of 10,000 Hilton HHonors points when you spend $1,000 or more annually on stays within the Hilton Portfolio, and pay with your Citi Hilton Visa. In my latest monthly valuations I list HHonors…

How Much is Hyatt Gold Passport Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Hyatt Gold Passport elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t…

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…

50,000 US Airways Dividend Miles & 10 Great Ways to Use Them

Learning how to earn points and miles is only one side of the award travel equation. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers ten ideas for putting US Airways miles to use. Airline miles are worthless…until you redeem them for something of value. So since Barclaycard is now offering 50,000 miles as a sign-up…