Can I Change Flights Booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards?

Through December 31st of this year, Chase will give you one extra Ultimate Rewards point per dollar spent on flights (and other qualifying travel expenses) when you book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. That’s in addition to the 2 points per dollar that you get for travel purchases on your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. The bonus has…

Are Amex Centurion Lounges Worth a Detour?

TPG reader Ian writes via twitter: @thepointsguy — “is it worth going out of your way to get to a Centurion Lounge?” The state of domestic airline lounges isn’t all that great. While a lot of airlines are upgrading lounges, they’ve also increased the cost of admission, as well as prices for premium drinks and food. However,…

Can I Transfer Miles to Earn Airline Elite Status?

Today’s newbie question of the day comes from TPG Reader Dave via twitter: @thepointsguy — “If I transfer 25,000 miles to American Airlines, will I earn AAdvantage Gold status?” The Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to transfer Starpoints to miles with over 30 airline partners, including American Airlines. One of the best aspects of the…

Which Cards Offer Gogo and Boingo Wi-Fi Access?

TPG Reader Bryce tweeted me to ask about staying online while traveling: @thepointsguy — “Which cards will get you free Wi-Fi like Boingo and Gogo?” Boingo allows you to connect to Wi-Fi in hundreds of airports and other public locations, while Gogo gives you Wi-Fi access from 30,000 feet. In-flight Wi-Fi is both a blessing and a curse, allowing you…

Which Points Hotels Do You Recommend in Istanbul?

TPG Reader Mike sent me a message looking for hotel recommendations: “What is your favorite points hotel in Istanbul?” Istanbul is a fascinating city. It’s huge and bustling, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe — part of the city is actually in Asia, and you can get to it by ferry. Whether you’re traveling on points or…

Can I Use a Global Entry Fee Credit to Pay for Someone Else?

Today’s first question comes from TPG reader Tim, who tweeted me to ask about using Global Entry application fee credits: @thepointsguy — “Can I get the Global Entry reimbursement on my Amex Platinum card for my spouse if I already have it?” I love Global Entry, and if you don’t have it, you should really look into getting…

Should I Get the Starwood Amex with 30,000 Bonus Points?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about Starwood and the co-branded Amex card: “I just started staying at Starwood hotels — should I get the Amex SPG with the 30,000 bonus points?” Every August for the last several years, Starwood and American Express have increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card,…

How Does the Global Entry Renewal Process Work?

TPG reader Donald wrote to ask me about Global Entry renewals: “My five year membership in Global Entry ends in two months. Do you know anything about the renewal process? Do I have to go back to the airport for another interview?” I’ve had Global Entry for years, and I can’t count how many hours…

Does A Credit Card Invitation Mean My Application Is Guaranteed?

TPG reader Kevin tweeted me a question that I’m sure many of you have also wondered about: @thepointsguy — “If you receive an invitation to apply for a credit card, does that mean you’ll be accepted automatically?” These days, some of the most lucrative credit card offers are those you get in the mail. (Yes, it’s 2015…

Which Cards Offer Lounge Access to Secondary Cardholders?

TPG reader Tom wrote in to ask about using a partner’s lounge access even when traveling alone: “Are there any credit cards that allow a secondary cardholder to access lounges for no charge when the primary cardholder is not present?” The short answer? No — at least none that do it for free. Credit card…