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What Is The Best Credit Card For Airline Employees To Get?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Jennifer works for an airline, and is wondering what the best travel credit card to get is in her situation: “Hi Mr. Points Guy, I was wondering if I could ask your advice on the best credit card for airline employees? This is a challenge, because generally, we do not use points for […]

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Will Credit Card Companies Flag $60k A Year In Purchases When My Annual Income Is $95k?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Andrew emailed asking about the Amex Bluebird: “I signed up for a Bluebird account last year in Q4 and have been maxing out the $5k spend per month on Vanilla Reloads at CVS.  Here are my two questions: 1) My yearly Vanilla Reload spend on the one credit card (the one that provides […]

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Can You Use British Airways Avios For US Airways Flights?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to ask the following: “Can you use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights?” Recently American Airlines and US Airways announced that you be able to redeem frequent flyer miles in each others programs. So, TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to find out […]

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How Soon Will I See My Chase Sapphire Preferred Annual Points Dividend?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader John sent me a Facebook message asking: “How quickly after the first of the year do your Chase Sapphire Preferred dividend bonus?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my all-time top travel credit cards, and is the credit card I recommend most to family and friends because it offers really lucrative category […]

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Will Airlines Let Me Transfer Miles For Free For Charity?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader Paul posted the following question on my Facebook wall: “My kids’ school is doing a charity auction and I would like to offer up miles as a prize. Can I transfer miles into someone else’s account without fees?” Donating miles to charity can be one of the most fulfilling ways to put your […]

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Just How Much is an Airline Mile or Hotel Point Worth?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Mahon112 tweeted me to ask: “What do you consider a valuable point redemption for airline and hotel (cents per point)?” So just how much are airline miles and hotel points worth? There’s no easy answer to that question and there’s no set value, which is at the heart of what I talk about […]

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Can I Earn American Miles on an Alaska Codeshare Delta Flight?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Rox posted on my Facebook wall this week asking me: “If I’m flying on a Delta-operated Alaska Airlines flight, can I earn American AAdvantage qualifying miles?” Wouldn’t that be nice? It would essentially mean that American and Delta flyers could earn American miles on all three airlines – American, Delta and Alaska – […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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How Can I Spend The $200 Airline Reimbursement From The Amex Platinum Card Before It Expires At The End Of The Year?

December 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. TPG reader Subho emailed me to ask: “I […]

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Is It Worth Paying $649 To Repurchase American Airlines Gold Status If I Didn’t Fly Enough To Retain It?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Alexis emailed me to ask about a new program American launched to help elites falling short of requalification maintain their current status: “I’m currently American Airlines Gold elite, but I didn’t fly enough to retain the status for 2014 or to qualify for buying the “Boost” option. Is it worth it, in your […]

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I Have 116 segments On US Airways And 25 With American Airlines. Should I Buy The Upgrade On US Airways To Chairman Preferred Status?

December 22, 2013

It’s the end of the year, and elite status is on everyone’s mind, including that of TPG reader Mitch, who tweeted @thepointsguy with the following question:  ”I will be at 116 segments on US Airways and 25 with American Airlines by the end of the year. Should I buy the upgrade on US Airways to […]

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Can You Recommend A Business Class Awards Flight From ORD-ICN Using Chase Points?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Alex tweeted me @thepointsguy and asked: “I am looking to fly ORD to ICN this summer on Chase points. Can you recommend ANA business or should I search for Asiana or United business flights?” Alex tweeted me to say that he is flying from Chicago O’Hare to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South […]

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Can I Leverage My Lifetime Gold Status On American Airlines With My US Airways Elite Qualifying Miles?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Jimmy messaged me on Facebook to ask about the American and US Airways merger and how it will affect his lifetime elite status: “I’m an American Airlines Million Miler with Lifetime Gold status, with no miles flown on AA this year. However, I have 72,000 Elite Qualifying Miles on US Air (from flights, […]

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Should I Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points To Hotels Ahead Of Time?

December 15, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Saianel has a question about transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points: “@thepointsguy do you recommend transferring points earned with Chase Ink Plus to any specific hotels ahead of time?” The answer is no. The beauty of Chase points is that they transfer instantly to most of their partners (sometimes IHG Rewards/Priority Club takes […]

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What is the Best Way To Fly To Asia In Business Class Using US Airways Miles?

December 8, 2013

TPG reader David emailed me this week with a question about using US Airways miles to get to Asia: “I’m looking to do a 10-day trip from Miami to Hong Kong and Phuket next year using US Airways miles. I currently have 127,000 miles my wife has 81,000. We are looking to go at least […]

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Is Lufthansa First Class That Much Better Than Business Class?

December 8, 2013

TPG reader Samir is trying to book one of the most coveted award seats there is, Lufthansa first class, but is having a hard time finding availability. Here’s his situation: “I am trying to book a first class award on Lufthansa for a flight on March 13 – March 24th from Boston to Madrid and […]

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Have Any Tips For Avoiding Jet Lag?

December 8, 2013

TPG reader Jason tweeted me with a question about a problem that plagues many long-distance travelers – jet lag: “@thepointsguy With your constant int’l trips and multiple time zone changes, how do you reduce the effects of jet lag?” If you’ve never experienced it before, jet lag can be brutal because it’s not just about […]

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If You Can’t Find A Business Class Award, Do You Book Economy And Hope It Opens Later?

December 1, 2013

TPG reader Jake tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question a lot of readers have: “If you can’t find a Business Class award, do you book Economy and hope it opens later or just wait? I am flying IAD-JFK-JNB in March.” Jake is going to Johannesburg in March and wants to know, if he can’t get a […]

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Which Valuation Will an August 2014 Hyatt Stay Fall Under?

December 1, 2013

TPG reader ALEXANDERGLD tweeted: “@thepointsguy with the Hyatt devaluation effective 1/7, if I book my hotel reservations now for 8/2014 which valuation will it fall under?” Alex is asking about the recent announcement by Hyatt that it would be revising its award chart starting January 7, 2014. You can find out all the official details here, […]

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Should I Purchase Trip Insurance To Cover An Award Redeposit Fee?

December 1, 2013

TPG reader Mary had a question about travel insurance and what it covers when it comes to award tickets: “Hi TPG. I will be booking a trip to Paris with my American Airlines AAdvantage miles (thanks to you!). If I purchase trip insurance, will my miles be credited for free if we need to cancel? […]

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Could I Lose A Booked Award Ticket If I Cancel My Co-Branded Credit Card?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader John tweeted me @thepointsguy  to ask: “Is there any risk of having a booked award trip cancelled if I cancel a co-branded credit card with the airline?” The answer is absolutely not. Once award tickets are booked, they really have nothing to do with your credit card. With airline co-branded cards, even if […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Should I Choose Flying Blue Over SkyMiles In Light Of The Upcoming Delta Changes In 2014?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Jonathan asked: “I would love to hear your opinion on the relative merits of Flying Blue vs. SkyMiles given the sweeping changes to SkyMiles coming in 2014. I fly about 80,000 miles annually on SkyTeam partners, typically on trips to Africa. I love the free upgrade to Economy Comfort that I get with […]

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What’s the Best Way to Find One-Day Fares to Qualify For the Next Level of Elite Status?

November 17, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Audrey wants to reach the next level of elite status: “What’s the best way to find one-day fares to get those last few miles for the next status tier?” As November draws to a close and time winds down to qualify for 2014 elite status, Audrey asks a question on many of […]

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