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…

Is Ritz-Carlton Club Level Worth an Upgrade?

TPG reader Katherine messaged me to ask: “My husband and I are headed to the Ritz in St. Thomas for a week on Marriott points. Do you have any thoughts on whether an upgrade to the club level is worthwhile there? I was told it would cost $150 per day, per person. Thanks!” The Ritz-Carlton Club…

Should I Redeem Points for Cash or Transfer to Airlines?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message asking: “I’ve accumulated 100,000 Membership Rewards points over the past year, but want to withdraw them for cash. I noticed American Express gives you gift cards at a rate of half a cent per point, which is highway robbery. My other credit cards give me 2% cash back,…

Top Credit Cards, Bonus AA & US Airways Miles, Orbitz Credit

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015 Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are…

13 Benefits Every Airline Credit Card Should Have

I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to explain which airline credit card benefits are most important to help you decide what to look for when applying. When it comes to airline credit cards, there are some standard benefits that every one should have, like earning multiple miles per dollar on specific airline purchases, or giving cardholders free checked bags….

Delta 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 Delta. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing….

How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Costco Waves Goodbye to Amex, Inks Deal with Citi

Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale reports on the newly signed partnership between Costco and Citi. Just last month, Costco announced that it would cut ties with American Express, ending a relationship that spanned sixteen years and accounted for a substantial percentage of annual spending on Amex cards worldwide. Only weeks after that announcement, Costco has confirmed that it will enter into a new agreement with…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2015

As airline and hotel loyalty programs change constantly, having a coherent, powerful credit card strategy is more important than ever. Factors to consider include sign-up bonuses, earning bonuses and structures, and the host of other benefits that cardholders stand to gain — like free checked bags, elite status and more. By maximizing these benefits and using the right…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore East Asia. Over the last few months, TPG Senor Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has presented some…