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Can I Book Cathay Pacific Award Tickets Using Both Chase and Amex Points?

April 20, 2014

It’s easy to rack up points in a bunch of different programs but when it comes time to use them, it can be tricky, especially when trying to book one type of ticket from one account and another ticket from another points program. TPG reader Louis actually messaged me on Facebook asking: “I haves a […]

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When Does It Make Sense to Use Miles Over Paying For a Flight?

April 20, 2014

What with credit card sign-up bonuses, promotions, buy miles promotions, and more, there are a lot of ways to build up your points wealth, but knowing when to use your points and miles definitely takes some skill! One of my best friends sent me a text over the weekend asking: Does it makes sense to use […]

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What Credit Card Should I Use To Pay My Taxes Off With?

April 13, 2014

Tax time is upon us this week and TPG reader Vick tweeted me asking me what credit card I would recommend to use to pay my taxes. Here is his question: “@thepointsguy If I’m going to pay my taxes is it better to pay with Amex Premier Rewards Gold, Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase United Presidential […]

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Is the Current US Airways Share Miles 100% Bonus Promotion Worth It?

April 13, 2014

This past week saw the sudden announcement of some big changes from American Airlines’ frequent flyer program and a few smaller ones from US Airways. With this news in mind,  TPG reader Paul tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Given the recent unannounced changes from US Airways, would you still recommend taking advantage of its 100% bonus on shared miles?”  […]

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Is it Better to Focus on Collecting Hotel Points or Airline Miles?

April 13, 2014

Joining Delta, United, Southwest and Air Canada‘s recent devaluations of their mileage programs, this past week saw big, sudden changes from American Airlines, including new fees and the raising of several different award levels. With the current mileage landscape in mind, TPG reader Katrina tweeted me the following timely question: “@thepointsguy In light of recent airline mileage program devaluations, does it make […]

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Can I Still Book A Round The World Ticket Using American Miles?

April 13, 2014

Earlier this week, American Airlines announced some big changes to its mileage program including the fact that you can no longer book round-the-world Explorer Awards. TPG reader Matthew had been planning on booking two of these for himself and his wife and wants to know whether he can still put his American miles to use. […]

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What is the Best Business Credit Card With No Foreign Transaction Fees?

April 6, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Bradley is in the market for a new small business credit card without foreign transaction fees. Here’s his question: “I need to get a non-Amex no foreign transaction fee business credit card […]

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Do I Have To Save My Southwest Rapid Rewards Points For A Companion Pass?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Megan is going for the Southwest Companion Pass but wants to know if she can put her points to use before reaching the qualifying threshold of 110,000 points. Here’s the question she tweeted me. “@thepointsguy: Southwest Companion Pass? I’m assuming I can’t use any points until I get the 110k? Then do I […]

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Should I Get a US Airways or American Airlines Credit Card?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Mike needs a new credit card. He’s a US Airways flyer, but is thinking ahead to the merger with American. Here’s his question: “Wondering if you would post about which credit card to get (US Airways or American). I have lot of upcoming travel and typically fly US Airways up and down the […]

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How Do I Get United To Refund My Airfare Or Waive The Change Fee?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Amanda wants to get out of paying for a United flight she isn’t going to take. Here’s the question she tweeted me: “@thepointsguy How do I ask United to refund a flight or waive the change fee? Flight was only $218 so the change fee makes a credit useless.” A big trend in […]

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Credit Cards for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Barclaycard Arrival or Amex EveryDay?

March 30, 2014

Earlier this month, I answered the question Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival? Now I’ve received an email from TPG reader Chaz, who’s torn between these two cards and a brand new one on the scene – the Amex EveryDay cards: “I’m trying to decide between two of three credit cards: Amex […]

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Is There A Way To Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Into Delta Miles?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Paris recently reached out on Twitter with an interesting question about when it might make sense to transfer Chase points to a non-transfer partner like Delta. “Is there a way to transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to non-transfer partners like Delta?” The answer is yes, but at a terrible ratio, let me explain. I […]

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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Suzanne emailed me a question this week about the Chase Sapphire Preferred she’s planning on applying for: “I have the Chase Freedom, but the TPG Maximizer recommended I get Chase Sapphire Preferred for better benefits. In this case, I was wondering if its more beneficial for me to add my fiance to my […]

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What Credit Card Should I Put Hotel Wedding Spend On?

March 23, 2014

TPG Twitter follower Redcat has an upcoming wedding to pay for and is wondering what credit card to put the hotel expenses on. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy $15k in IHG hotel spend for a wedding. Sapphire Preferred or IHG Visa card? Or something else?” What this really gets down to is, what credit card […]

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Is It Possible To Book A Roundtrip Award Ticket To Rio De Janeiro With Just 100,000 American Miles?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Mark emailed me about booking an award ticket to South America using American Airlines miles: “I wanted to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with AA miles in December, but business class awards are only available at 100,000 each way! Will I ever be able to get my whole […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Getting The United MileagePlus Club Card?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Paul emailed me with a question about the United MileagePlus Club Card: “In your list of recommended cards, you rarely mention the United MileagePlus Club Card. It gives you Club access and 1.5 miles per $1, but even if you don’t use the Club privileges, and charge more than $75,000 per year, the […]

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What Is the Best Points-Earning Business Credit Card?

March 16, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Cory is thinking of changing up his business credit card and tweeted me […]

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Can You Play the Credit Card Game Forever?

March 16, 2014

One of my best friends, Mike, follows my lead and plays the credit card game for mileage bonuses. (In fact, he just flew business class for almost nothing to meet up with me here in Dublin for a vacation.) Having read that I got four new credit cards and 230,000 points last week, he asked me a […]

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Can I Use My Platinum Card Global Entry Benefit To Pay For Someone Else’s Application?

March 16, 2014

TPG reader Rob tweeted me this week asking about a certain benefit of his Platinum Card from American Express: “@thepointsguy can I use my Platinum Card Global Entry benefit to pay for someone else’s application? Amex will just see a $100 charge, right?” Yes, you are 100% right. The good thing about the Global Entry […]

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Why Do I Love Dublin So Much?

March 16, 2014

I’m a world traveler who’s seen some beautiful places – like the Maldives and other amazing spots in Asia, Europe and South America. But I keep coming back to Dublin. In fact, I’ve been to Dublin four times just in the last year or so! So, family members and friends often ask me: “Why do […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card to Maximize Points Earning On A Road Trip?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG Reader Patrick emailed me to ask about which credit card to use during a road trip: “I’m planning a cross-country road trip in May-June of this year, driving from Los Angeles to New York and back. I […]

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Can I Transfer Chase Ultimate Reward Points From A Family Member’s Account To Mine?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader William emailed me to ask: “I have had a Chase Sapphire Preferred for quite awhile. I recently had my wife get her own card. We are finishing up the minimum spending and her 40,000 points will post shortly. I’d like to know if I can transfer her Ultimate Reward points to my Ultimate […]

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Should We Bank Miles To Alaska Even If We Never Fly Them? What Credit Cards Would Work With This Strategy?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader Nate e-mailed me this week with the following question: “Should my wife and I bank miles at Alaska for dual elite status – even if we never fly Alaska? We value: (1) free upgrades to first and premium economy (2) miles for hotel/air to US, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii (3) priority boarding and seats […]

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