What’s the Best Card for Earning AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Michel tweeted me to ask about the best credit for earning American Airlines miles: @thepointsguy — “Which card is better to earn AAdvantage miles: Barclaycard Aviator Silver or Starwood Amex? (I don’t fly enough to earn Elite status.)” As with many cards, it depends on how you spend your money. The Barclaycard Aviator Silver earns 3 AAdvantage miles…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the best. Unfortunately, you can no longer apply for it, but those who already have it earn five…

Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…

Where Should I Transfer Points If I’m Closing My Amex Account?

TPG reader Candace tweeted me to ask about an American Express account she’s closing: @thepointsguy — “I’m closing my Amex card with 80,000 Membership Rewards points, but they don’t partner with my preferred airline. What should I do with my rewards?” To pre-emptively transfer your valuable points to a partner airline is risky. What happens if your…

Which Airline Should I Fly to Hawaii?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me about flying to Hawaii this fall: “@thepointsguy — I’m trying to find flights to Hawaii from Texas in October. Do you have airline recommendations?” Hi Sarah, and thanks for your question. Hawaii is one of the top travel destinations, and for good reason — it’s pretty much amazing all year…

Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

What Strategy Should I Use to Earn Travel Rewards for Two?

TPG reader Marcus sent me a question on Facebook about traveling with a companion: “I noticed most of the rewards credit cards that you recommended work for a single person. What if I want to book a flight with someone else? How can I double my point and miles so I can book a flight for two?…

After Delta Devaluation, Should I Switch to Another Carrier?

TPG reader Krystal asked me about her options once Delta’s latest devaluation goes into effect: “I live in NYC; with the recent change to Delta’s mileage chart starting in June 2016, do you think it’s time that I switch to another carrier like American or United?” I’ve lived in New York for years, and I…

Should You Be Reimbursed for Work Travel Using Points?

TPG reader Jason wrote in to ask me an interesting ethical question: “Do you think it’s acceptable to seek reimbursement from your work for travel booked using points earned from non-business related sources (e.g., sign-up bonuses)? More specifically, do you think it’s acceptable to book a flight using points and then have the company reimburse…