Can I Book Rooms Separately to Earn Double Elite Credits?

TPG reader Oren sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning hotel elite credits: “If I need two hotel rooms, can I make two separate bookings and get credit for two stays instead of one?” Between upgrades, bonuses and other amenities, hotel status can be highly valuable, and I get a lot of questions from readers looking for ways to…

Should I Get Chase Freedom Now or Wait for a Larger Bonus?

TPG reader Hussain sent me a message on Facebook to ask about sign-up bonuses: “I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I’m interested in also getting the Chase Freedom card. Would you recommend applying for the current $150 promotion, or waiting to see if the $200 bonus returns?” Credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to…

Which SPG 50-Night Platinum Benefit Should I Choose in 2016?

TPG reader Alex email me to ask about Starwood elite benefits: “Which SPG 50 night benefit would you choose? I wasn’t impressed by the suite night awards I chose last time, as they never cleared. I’m also not worried about re-qualifying next year, so the 5 nights of elite credit aren’t worth much to me.” When Starwood introduced choice benefits for…

Is It Easier to Earn Airline Status with Miles or Segments?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about strategies for earning elite status: “I’m trying to earn Delta elite status; is it generally more cost-effective to aim for the mileage or segment requirements? It seems like mileage would be easier, but I’m not sure, since I can get cheap, short segments from Atlanta.” Since Delta and United offer redeemable…

How Important Is Maintaining My Credit Utilization Ratio?

TPG reader Richard sent me a message on Facebook to ask about managing his credit score: “My travel has decreased significantly, and I’m thinking about canceling several hotel-branded cards with annual fees. Should I replace them with other cards that have no annual fee in order to maintain a low debt-to-credit ratio?” Your debt-to-credit ratio (also known as your…

Can I Apply TSA PreCheck to Flights I’ve Already Booked?

Update: A representative from American Airlines emailed us with some clarification regarding this issue: “If you book via a travel agency, you will also want to ensure they have the correct KTN and DOB. For example, how American is setup: if your travel agency submits a KTN, but it is wrong, the AAdvantage profile won’t…

Should I Keep Both the Amex Platinum and Citi Prestige?

TPG reader Will sent me a message on Facebook to ask about premium rewards cards: “I’ve had the Amex Platinum card for four years now, but I recently got the Citi Prestige. What are your thoughts on keeping them both or downgrading to the Premier Rewards Gold card? I have Delta Diamond Medallion status, so the Sky Club…

Why Does Booking a Second Award Raise the Price per Ticket?

TPG reader Stacey emailed me to ask about booking flight awards: I was trying to book an award using Aeroplan miles at the Market Fare rate; I got one price for a single seat, but when I tried to buy two seats (for the same flights), the price per ticket jumped by almost 35%. Why wouldn’t two tickets just cost twice as…

How Can I Get a Credit Card Bonus for Referring a Friend?

TPG reader Jenna sent me a message on Facebook to ask about referral bonuses: “I thought all credit cards offered a bonus for getting a friend to apply (with approval), but Citi told me there’s no benefit to current clients for referring someone to the AAdvantage Platinum Select card. Does that sound right? It seems crazy to not get rewarded…

How Should I Pursue a Missing Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Marc sent me a message on Facebook to ask about missing rewards: “My wife and I both got Citi AAdvantage cards. I received my sign-up bonus, but hers didn’t come through, so we’re wondering if something isn’t syncing correctly. What should we do?” Credit card sign-up bonuses are a great way to boost your loyalty accounts, since you…