Should I Redeem Miles Right Away to Avoid Devaluation?

TPG reader Tim sent me a message on Facebook to ask about award redemption strategies: “I currently have a stockpile of AAdvantage miles, but it seems like they’re continuously losing value. Is it okay to hold onto them, or should I try to use them as soon as possible?” I’ve been loyal to American Airlines for years now, and…

Can I Transfer Points From One Visa Card to Another?

TPG reader Jill emailed me to ask about transferring points: “I recently got the Chase Sapphire Preferred card with a 50,000-point bonus. I also have points from another Visa Signature card (from a different bank). Can I combine them to book an upcoming trip?” If you’re new to travel rewards (or even if you’re not), it’s easy to mix up which loyalty programs…

Should I Keep Sapphire Preferred If I Get Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Ben sent me a message on Facebook for help deciding between rewards credit cards: “I just recently got the Sapphire Preferred card, but now I’m interested in applying for the new Sapphire Reserve card. If I’m approved, does it make sense to keep both?” Since it was formally announced just a few weeks…

Can I Use the Southwest Companion Pass on Existing Reservations?

TPG reader Andrew sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking companion fares: “I’m close to earning the Southwest Companion Pass. Once I do, will I be able to add a companion to flights I’ve already booked?” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most popular travel rewards available, partly because of how easy it is to…

Which Airlines Allow Transfers from More Than One Program?

TPG reader Hal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I’m trying to book a business class flight to Sydney using Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards points. Which airlines will let me transfer from both programs?” I tend to focus on earning transferable points because they give you access to multiple loyalty programs at…

Do I Have to Book Directly with Southwest to Use the Companion Pass?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using a companion ticket on flights booked through a third party: “If I book a Southwest flight using ThankYou points, can I still add a companion to that reservation?” You can get a lot of value out of companion tickets, but many of them come loaded with…

Do Hotels Charge Taxes and Fees on Cash + Points Awards?

TPG reader Jonathan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotel awards: “Do you have to pay taxes and fees on Hyatt Points + Cash stays?” One of the biggest advantages of redeeming points for hotel rooms is that you typically don’t pay taxes on award stays. That sets hotel loyalty programs apart from airline…

Which Delta Platinum Choice Benefit Should I Select?

TPG reader Jason sent me a message on Facebook to ask about elite benefits: “I recently hit Delta Platinum for the first time, and I wasn’t sure which Choice Benefit to take. Should I go for the $200 voucher or the 20,000 miles?” Choice Benefits are a fairly unique feature of the Delta SkyMiles program….

Are Seat Changes Allowed On Board Due to Unruly Passengers?

TPG reader Marjorie sent me a message on Facebook to ask about changing seats: “Can I request another seat if I get on a plane and the row behind me has a toddler in it? I just had an awful trip from Frankfurt to LAX that involved the children behind me screaming the whole flight and kicking my chair.”…

When Can I Downgrade My Credit Card Account?

TPG reader Paul emailed me to ask about the timeline for downgrading a credit card: “My wife and I both have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, but we were thinking of downgrading her card to the Chase Freedom Unlimited for the higher base earning rate. Her account is only a few months old; can she downgrade immediately, or does she have to wait?” Credit…