Can I Transfer ThankYou Points from a Citi Checking Account?

TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming Citi ThankYou points: “I was planning to redeem 40,000 bonus points from my Citigold account to book a flight on Singapore Suites, but I was told points from checking don’t transfer to airline partners. What are my options?” Many credit card issuers also provide incentives for…

Can I Get a Fifth Award Night Free when Staying at Multiple Hotels?

TPG reader Brittany sent me a message on Facebook to ask about free hotel nights: “With Marriott’s Fifth Night Free deal, do all five nights have to be at the same hotel, or can you stay at multiple properties over the course of five nights?” Along with Hilton HHonors and Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards offers a fifth night free when…

Can I Stack MQMs from Spending on Multiple Delta Amex Cards?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Delta Medallion status: “I have a Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, and I’ve passed both thresholds to earn bonus Medallion miles. Can I get another Delta card to earn even more elite miles, and if so, is that a good strategy?” Several airlines offer paths to elite…

Do Redeemed Points Count Toward the Southwest Companion Pass?

TPG reader Cara sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Do I need to have 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in my account to qualify for the Companion Pass, or do they still count even if I redeem them.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable travel rewards…

Do Airline Credit Cards Pair Well with Transferable Points?

TPG reader Logan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline credit cards: “What are your views on using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card in tandem with the British Airways Visa? Does it make sense to have both?” It’s important to have a credit card strategy that matches your award travel goals. I often…

What Time Should I Depart for Asia to Avoid Jet Lag?

TPG reader Brandon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about jet lag: “My wife and I are flying from San Francisco to Hong Kong this fall. What’s easier on the body: arriving in the morning or evening?” There are entire books on the subject of how to avoid jet lag, and you can find all kinds…

Can I Earn Points for Hotel Stays If Someone Else Checks in?

TPG reader Jeff sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning hotel points: “On an upcoming trip, my wife will arrive at our hotel 10 hours before me. Can I still make the reservation and earn points for our stay with Marriott?” Award travel is a great multi-player game, and a lot of opportunities open…

Does the Chase Amazon.com Rewards Card Offer Good Value?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning rewards for Amazon purchases: “What do you think of the Amazon branded Visa from Chase. I know I can use the points for cash back and travel; is that a good option?” There are a lot of cash-back credit cards out there, offering a variety of…

Will I Earn AAdvantage Miles Based on Distance or Price?

TPG reader Ben emailed me to ask about earning AAdvantage miles: “I know American Airlines is changing how miles are earned in the second half of 2016, but if I purchase a ticket now for a flight in October, will I earn miles based on the current system (flight distance) or the new system (ticket price)?” Last fall, American Airlines…

Do Refunds Count Against Spending Toward a Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Lance sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning a credit card sign-up bonus: “If I’m trying to meet the spending requirement for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, will refunds count against my total? The terms and conditions don’t mention refunded purchases in the list of non-qualifying transactions.” The top credit card sign-up bonuses can…