Premier Rewards Gold, SPG Amex, or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Maxwell emailed me to ask: “I currently have the SPG Amex credit card and use that for my daily spending. Did I make the right decision in picking this card over the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the new Amex Gold that earns double points on dining plus a $100 airline credit?” This past month,…

Which Purchases Count as Travel on Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Nik tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I’m taking my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to Japan in April. Does the whole trip count as travel for double points since it’s overseas?” Nik, heading to Japan in April will be a great trip. I was just there recently and had a wonderful time, and so will…

Billionaire Art Collector Earns Millions in AmEx Points

Want to earn staggeringly high numbers of travel rewards points? Well, follow billionaire Liu Yiqian’s lead by charging millions of dollars’ worth of ancient Chinese art on your Amex Centurion Card, and you’ll be traveling for free in no time. The chairman of chemical, pharmaceutical and financial corporation Sunline Group, Yiqian also owns a stake in Shenzhen-listed Hubei Biocause Pharmaceutical….

Redeeming Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Maximum Value

I value Chase Ultimate Rewards at 2.1 cents apiece, and I can get much more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Chase Ultimate…

United Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on United. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…

Three Tips to Maximize Award Travel to Ireland

Saint Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, but if a few days of green beer and bagpipes doesn’t satisfy your craving for things Irish, award travel to the motherland isn’t too hard to come by. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers three tips to help you reach the Emerald Isle. There are few destinations in the world we all equally appreciate…

Discover it Miles Offers 3x Rewards for First Year

Discover isn’t highly regarded by points and miles enthusiasts, but there are good reasons to have one of these cards in your wallet. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele describes a new card from Discover with a bonus offer that deserves your consideration. Whenever I ask someone about why they use a Discover card, I get an…

Which Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Your Favorites Now?

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”If you were to start from scratch, what credit cards would you carry and why?” I currently have 24 credit cards, and narrowing them down is difficult, but there are really six cards I just can’t live without and would recommend starting with. 1. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card …

Can I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Amex Points?

TPG reader Kim sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Can I earn miles on flights booked with Amex points?” The answer to this question is maybe; it depends on how you use your points. If you use the Pay With Points option, where Amex basically buys your ticket and you get about one cent per…

Do Hotels Know if I Earned Elite Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Zach tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can a hotel tell if I got my status from stays vs. a credit card? Will they treat me differently if I got status through a credit card?” Earning elite status is getting easier in general, because it’s often included as a benefit on co-branded credit cards. Status earned…