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…

What Was the First Travel Credit Card You Ever Had?

TPG reader Michelle asked me a fun question: “What was the first travel credit card you had? I was just curious how you started out understanding how to maximize rewards with cards, and I wanted to know what was your first card and why.” I had to think about this one for a bit, but I…

Is the Marriott Rewards Premier 80,000-Point Bonus Worth it?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card TPG Reader Enrique wrote in to ask about one of the latest sign-up bonus offers: “Is the Marriott Rewards Premier card with an 80,000-point bonus worth getting?” Marriott recently released a limited-time increased sign-up bonus offer for the…

Do I Earn Hotel Points for Booking Through Ultimate Rewards?

TPG reader Brent tweeted me to ask about earning rewards when booking through Chase Ultimate Rewards: @thepointsguy — “Is it correct that I will earn airline miles for flights booked on Chase Ultimate Rewards, but I won’t earn hotel points?” There are a lot of different ways to redeem your points and miles, and if you have a…

Which Card is Best to Avoid Travel Blackout Dates?

TPG reader Christina tweeted me to ask about how to avoid blackout dates with travel rewards: @thepointsguy — “Your thoughts please: I want a card that lets me use points anytime with no blackouts. Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture?” Flexibility is key these days; with airlines and hotels changing the rules, you need to have points…

Can I Pay for Delta Tickets with SkyMiles and Cash?

TPG reader William wrote in with a question about Delta SkyMiles: “There used to be an option to redeem Delta SkyMiles and cash to book a ticket. Did they take that option away? It would be nice to use some miles and pay for the rest on my Amex card.” There’s no doubt Delta has been…