6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the perks offered by a variety of premium travel credit cards, and explains why they’re worth the cost of admission. Premium credit cards may scare many people away with their $400-plus annual fees, but travel rewards enthusiasts know that despite the high price tag, these cards can…

Seattle Amex Centurion Studio Lounge Opens Today

The new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge is officially open for business at SeaTac International Airport as of this morning. This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, joining others in Las Vegas (LAS), Dallas (DFW), New York (LGA), San Francisco (SFO) and Miami (MIA). It’ll be open for business every day from 5am to 10pm. Centurion Lounges…

Despite Claims, Capital One’s Cards Aren’t the Best for Award Travel

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at some of the claims made by Capital One about its travel rewards cards, and separates the truths from the half-truths. Several years ago, Capital One launched a new marketing campaign touting the virtues of its travel rewards credit cards, featuring celebrity endorsements from Samuel L. Jackson and (more recently) Jennifer Garner. To say…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Wyndham Rewards Visa

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 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 when…

Reminder: Delta Amex Increased Sign-Up Bonuses End June 30

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Earlier this month, American Express announced increased sign-up bonuses for three of its co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards. These offers expire on June 30, so if you’re…

Do I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Citi ThankYou Points?

TPG reader Kevin tweeted me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou points: @thepointsguy – “If I’m redeeming Citi ThankYou points with the Citi Prestige card, does that count as a revenue ticket?” Fortunately, the answer is yes! Flights booked through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center using points from the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…

7 Travel Wallets to Bring on Your Next Trip

The Points Guy himself brings along two wallets while traveling: a smaller one for everyday use that can hold an ID, a little cash and some of his favorite credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum (both of which have no foreign transaction fees), and a larger wallet to hold extra credit cards and copies of travel documents in the event of…

The Complicated Way Amex Awards Membership Rewards Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you have to be able to use them. TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele recently learned the hard way that American Express sometimes makes it more difficult than it should be to access the points you’ve earned. Here’s his take. Early this spring, I signed up…

Virgin America Partners with ScoreBig for Entertainment Awards

Virgin America just announced a partnership with live-event ticket marketplace ScoreBig. By doing so, the airline is following in the footsteps of many rewards programs that have begun focusing on experiences and entertainment, including Brian’s favorite, SPG Moments. This new partnership allows Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program members to earn up to 10 points per…