Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

What Strategy Should I Use to Earn Travel Rewards for Two?

TPG reader Marcus sent me a question on Facebook about traveling with a companion: “I noticed most of the rewards credit cards that you recommended work for a single person. What if I want to book a flight with someone else? How can I double my point and miles so I can book a flight for two?…

After Delta Devaluation, Should I Switch to Another Carrier?

TPG reader Krystal asked me about her options once Delta’s latest devaluation goes into effect: “I live in NYC; with the recent change to Delta’s mileage chart starting in June 2016, do you think it’s time that I switch to another carrier like American or United?” I’ve lived in New York for years, and I…

Should You Be Reimbursed for Work Travel Using Points?

TPG reader Jason wrote in to ask me an interesting ethical question: “Do you think it’s acceptable to seek reimbursement from your work for travel booked using points earned from non-business related sources (e.g., sign-up bonuses)? More specifically, do you think it’s acceptable to book a flight using points and then have the company reimburse…

Which International Airport Lounges Are Your Favorites?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message to ask about international club lounges: “You recently mentioned how domestic airport club lounges are declining, so I’m wondering, what’s your take on international club lounges. Do you have any favorites?” Daniel is right: I’m not a huge fan of domestic lounges. Yes, they give you a little space to relax and plug…

Sapphire Preferred or Amex Premier Rewards Gold for Dining?

TPG reader Thomas tweeted me about using credit cards for dining: @thepointsguy – “Since both Amex Premier Rewards Gold and Chase Sapphire Preferred now offer 2x points on dining, which card are you using for that category?” In June, American Express amped up rewards on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, adding 2x points on dining to…

What’s the Best Hotel Upgrade You’ve Ever Received?

TPG reader Sara messaged me to ask about my experience with hotel upgrades: “What’s the best suite you’ve ever received as a complimentary upgrade? I got upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton San Diego last week, and was wondering if you’ve had similar upgrades in the past?” I’ve had elite status from many…

Do Delta Elites Get Perks on Virgin Atlantic Flights?

TPG reader Alex tweeted me to ask about Delta Medallions flying on Virgin Atlantic: @thepointsguy – “I have Delta Platinum Medallion status and have to fly Virgin Atlantic. Will any of my elite perks apply?” A couple years ago, Delta announced it was buying a minority stake in Virgin Atlantic, which was great news for anyone you has a lot…

What Are the Benefits of Having Two Premium Credit Cards?

TPG reader Kyle messaged me to ask about credit cards with high annual fees: “When, if ever, does it make sense to have two premium credit cards? I have the Citi Prestige, so I get lounge access minus the Centurion lounges. Should I also get the AAdvantage Executive MasterCard even if I have to spend…

Do Award Cancellation Benefits Change With AA Elite Status?

TPG reader Liam tweeted me to ask about when AAdvantage elite benefits become available: @thepointsguy – “Can I book AA award travel as a Platinum elite member, then use privileges to cancel and reinstate miles when I become Executive Platinum?” Over the years, the airlines have eroded elite status by doing things like making lower-tier elites…