Do Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer to American Airlines?

TPG reader Preston tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to American Airlines miles?”  Sadly, Citi ThankYou Rewards points don’t transfer to American Airlines miles, at least not yet. Citi just released new sign-up bonuses an bumped up earning rates on the Citi Prestige card and the Citi ThankYou Premier card, so you can earn…

Which Miami Starwood Hotel is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Carlana tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “I saw your post last Sunday about which NYC Starwood hotel is best for award nights, and was wondering what are the best options for redeeming SPG points in Miami Beach?” Even though I’m a resident of Miami Beach, I’ve still managed to stay at most…

Do In-Flight Credit Card Applications Offer Better Bonuses?

TPG reader Jay tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is there any benefit to applying for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Card when the flight attendants pass out applications onboard vs. applying online?”  I would not recommend applying for a credit card on a plane or in an airport. The signs you see set up…

Should I Get Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom?

TPG reader Jeremy asked me “Do you recommend getting the Chase Freedom card over the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? I’m a recent graduate and only spend around $10,000 a year on my credit card. I like the double points on dining that the Sapphire Preferred offers, but the 5% bonus categories with the Freedom makes…

Which NYC Starwood Hotel Is Best for Award Nights?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “What’s your favorite Starwood property in Manhattan? I’m a SPG gold member and I’d like to stay using my points.” I love Starwood, and I’ve worked hard to become a SPG Platinum 100-night member. In between apartments in New York City, I’ve had the chance to…

Which Credit Cards Offer Bonuses for Pharmacy Purchases?

TPG reader Donald tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do any credit cards offer bonuses for pharmacy purchases?” I always advocate maximizing the points you earn on each purchase, and with healthcare costs going through the roof, it makes sense to pay close attention to which card you use on pharmacy purchases. There’s one card that…

When Should I Apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is it worth signing up for the United MileagePlus Explorer card now?” Right now the United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase is offering a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles…

Where Can I Use the IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night?

TPG reader Blake sent me this question: “Is the annual free night benefit from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card valid for any category property?” A big trend these days with credit cards is to offer anniversary bonuses. Usually these bonuses kick in after you have to start paying the annual fee, and are an easy way…

Should I Earn AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles or Points?

TPG reader Max had this question about earning status on American Airlines: “What’s the difference between American elite-qualifying miles versus points?” The recent merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into American Airlines AAdvantage has created a lot of changes for flyers, including how elite upgrades work. There are no more freebies for Silver, Gold and Platinum Dividend…

How Do I Survive a Ryanair Flight?

TPG reader Clayton tweeted me to ask about flying on Ryanair: @thepointsguy – “I’m thinking of flying Ryanair within Europe this summer and was wondering if it’s worth it despite all the bad things I’ve read?” 2015 is poised to be the summer of Europe. With the euro trading relatively close to the dollar and new…