JetBlue and American Express Reportedly Cutting Ties

Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale looks at the reported end of the relationship between JetBlue and Amex, and the future of JetBlue’s co-branded credit card. It was recently announced that Costco and American Express will end their partnership next year (a relationship that equates to roughly 8% of total annual spending on Amex cards) and on the heels…

Should I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Now or Wait?

TPG reader Sofia tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy— “I already have the Chase Ink Plus Business card, but I want more Ultimate Rewards points. What are the chances of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card offering a bigger bonus soon? Should I just apply now?” If Beyoncé had a song about credit card points, I think she’d…

Is There an Amex Centurion Lounge in Every Airport?

TPG reader Marlon tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy—I’ve been thinking of getting the Platinum Card from American Express. Is there a Centurion Lounge in every airport?” Well, don’t we all wish! The Amex Centurion Lounges are amazing; however, there are currently only four full-fledged Centurion Lounges: at New York LaGuardia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, and San…

Amex and Costco to End Exclusive Relationship, Date Others

After a sixteen year run, American Express and Costco will end their exclusive relationship. Effective March 31, 2016, American Express cards will no longer be accepted at Costco, effectively ending Amex’s monopoly on Costco credit transactions. This will also spell the end of the co-branded TrueEarnings Card and the corresponding business version, though they’re still available for the time…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, IHG Winter Sale, Amex Gogo Passes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Bonus Miles for Joining AAdvantage Dining Program You can earn up to 2,000 bonus miles for dining out with the AAdvantage Dining Program. To get your bonus miles, complete the following steps: Join the AAdvantage Dining program and create…

Discounted Hyatt Gift Cards for Amex Platinum Cardholders

Through March 31, 2015, Amex is offering American Express Platinum cardholders a 25% Membership Rewards discount on Hyatt gift cards. With this offer, a $100 gift card will cost 9,000 Membership Rewards points instead of the usual 12,000. You can redeem for hotel stays, dining, spa visits, and more; however, note that these gift cards are only good for use…

Gogo WiFi Passes for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

Back in December of 2014 I wrote about an announcement from American Express that Amex Business Platinum cardholders would receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually starting in 2015. These passes, which are now available, can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the flight length and whether it’s domestic or international. This is in addition to the…

5 Travel Rewards Credit Cards that Pay for Themselves

Travel Rewards credit cards come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them you might get to earn a large sign-up bonus; others you might get for the benefits they offer with your airline or hotel of choice; and still others you might pick up for their lucrative bonus categories. When you’re evaluating whether to keep a rewards…

Travel Rewards Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Annual fees for travel rewards cards generally correspond to the benefits they offer, with the more lucrative cards carrying a higher premium. However, if you’re just getting into award travel and want to minimize expenses up front, there are plenty of worthwhile cards that carry no annual fee. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the top options….

Amex Centurion Lounges: Locations, Access, and Amenities

Not all airport lounges live up to the hype, but the Amex Centurion Lounges continue to impress me. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores these lounges both domestically and abroad to help you get a better sense of the value they offer. Airport lounge access can be incredibly valuable. However, you don’t need to pay for…