Amex Platinum Concierge to Launch Texting Service

One of the perks of my American Express Platinum card that I don’t use as much as I should is the Platinum Concierge, which offers services like arranging restaurant reservations, securing Broadway shows, or having your laundry picked up. However, in an era where everyone is texting and on the Internet, I think many cardholders don’t fully utilize this…

Is the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Last November, I experimented with the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal and ended up with 2 Etihad Airways Diamond First Class round-trip tickets from Tokyo to Abu…

Which Credit Cards Are Most Useful for a Summer Road Trip

TPG readers Melissa & Augustine asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “We’re taking a road trip and are wondering what the best credit cards are to use for last-minute hotels and similar expenses. We already have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Amex Platinum; what other cards should we get?” With gas prices really low, I…

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…

Delta Extends New Bags On Time Guarantee Indefinitely

Earlier this year, Delta introduced a checked bag guarantee program for a limited trial period. The program was set to expire on March 31, but Delta has now confirmed that the program will become a permanent fixture. Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant noted that, “customer response was positive and our employees are rallying to achieve the 20-minute mark,” so it seems as…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

Common Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr describes some ruses you’re likely to come across on your travels, and how to make sure you don’t fall for them. A vacation can go downhill in a hurry when you find yourself the victim of fraud. Even if your trip goes smoothly, you may return rested and relaxed only to review your finances and realize…

Kardashian Kard Offers Novel Way to Earn Travel Rewards

Some of the best ways to earn travel rewards are through sign-up bonuses and savvy spending on co-branded credit cards. There are cards you get to maximize your earnings in certain spending categories, while others shine by offering specific perks like discounts or elite status. And then there are cards you get for the most important reason of all: because they’re fashionable….