Which Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Your Favorites Now?

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”If you were to start from scratch, what credit cards would you carry and why?” I currently have 24 credit cards, and narrowing them down is difficult, but there are really six cards I just can’t live without and would recommend starting with. 1. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card …

Can I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Amex Points?

TPG reader Kim sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Can I earn miles on flights booked with Amex points?” The answer to this question is maybe; it depends on how you use your points. If you use the Pay With Points option, where Amex basically buys your ticket and you get about one cent per…

Do Hotels Know if I Earned Elite Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Zach tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can a hotel tell if I got my status from stays vs. a credit card? Will they treat me differently if I got status through a credit card?” Earning elite status is getting easier in general, because it’s often included as a benefit on co-branded credit cards. Status earned…

Is Ritz-Carlton Club Level Worth an Upgrade?

TPG reader Katherine messaged me to ask: “My husband and I are headed to the Ritz in St. Thomas for a week on Marriott points. Do you have any thoughts on whether an upgrade to the club level is worthwhile there? I was told it would cost $150 per day, per person. Thanks!” The Ritz-Carlton Club…

Should I Redeem Points for Cash or Transfer to Airlines?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message asking: “I’ve accumulated 100,000 Membership Rewards points over the past year, but want to withdraw them for cash. I noticed American Express gives you gift cards at a rate of half a cent per point, which is highway robbery. My other credit cards give me 2% cash back,…

Which Credit Card with Transferable Points Is Best for Gas?

TPG reader Cindy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the best credit card to use for gas purchases that allows you to transfer points to airlines?” Even though gas prices have been coming down, you should still be maximizing and earning on gas purchases. There are plenty of credit cards out there that will…

Can I Book One-Way AAdvantage Awards Using US Airways Miles?

TPG reader Daniel emailed me to ask: “I have US Airways Dividend Miles, and I was wondering if I could use them to book a one-way award ticket on American Airlines?” Strictly speaking, the answer is yes — you can book a one-way award, but unfortunately, it will cost you the same as a round-trip…

Why Do You Recommend Transferring Chase UR Points to Hyatt?

TPG reader Dan emailed me to ask: “In several blog posts, you mention that you get more value from Ultimate Rewards points if you use them with Hyatt, but it seems like points transfer 1:1. Can you please explain?” I don’t mean to say that you actually get more points by transferring to Hyatt then…

Should I Use My SkyMiles ASAP Due to New Program Changes?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Would you advise redeeming Delta SkyMiles ASAP given the uncertainty/possibility of additional 2015 program changes/devaluations?” Delta always keeps me on my toes. I feel like there are constantly new announcements coming from the SkyMiles program, and they’re almost always negative. I don’t see Delta miraculously turning it around and…

Are the Starwood Management Changes Cause for Concern?

TPG reader Dustin sent me a message to ask: “Should I be worried about the Starwood shake-up? There’s a new CEO and one property I visit often is no longer a Westin, and I’ve been reading a few stories about SPG being let go from managing resorts.” Recently Starwood ousted its CEO, Frits van Paasschen, who I’ve actually had…