Can I Use IHG Rewards to Book Award Stays at Kimpton Hotels?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming IHG Rewards: “Can I use IHG points to book a stay with Kimpton Hotels?” When IHG acquired Kimpton in 2014, it was announced that the two brands and their loyalty programs would not be merged — at least, not yet. That plan was reinforced in June 2015,…

Can Credit Card Authorized Users Access Account Info Online?

TPG reader Eric sent me a message on Facebook to ask about account access for credit card authorized users: “Do authorized users get their own account login to view charges and set up payments? I’m specifically asking about the Chase Ritz-Carlton card.” There are several good reasons to add users to your credit card account. For starters, secondary cardholders can help you earn…

Do Foreign Transaction Fees Apply If I Book on a US Website?

TPG reader Ric sent me a tweet to ask about booking hotels internationally: “Will I get charged a foreign transaction fee for booking a room at the Hilton Dubai on Hilton’s US website?” Foreign transaction fees are a nuisance to international travelers. It’s pretty disappointing to come home from a trip abroad and find 3% tacked on to all…

Will I Earn Elite Credits When I Pay with Miles on Delta?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite credits on Delta: “Will I earn elite credits when I use Pay with Miles to buy a Delta ticket?” Award flights generally don’t earn miles or elite credits, which is one reason why you may be better off paying cash for airfare when prices are…

Do Credit Card Points Stack with Loyalty Program Rewards?

TPG reader Scott sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott Rewards: “I recently got the Marriott Premier credit card. I realize I earn 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott locations, but do I also still earn 10 points per dollar through Marriott Rewards? Essentially, can I earn 15 points per dollar when I use the card to…

Do Charges Offset by Credits Count Toward a Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Colin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning a sign-up bonus: “I recently got the Citi Prestige card, and want to redeem the $250 statement credit on airfare. Will the full purchase amount count toward earning the sign-up bonus, or do I have to meet the minimum spending requirement on top of any credit I receive?”…

Should I Join Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards?

TPG reader Jacob sent me a message on Facebook to ask about hotel loyalty programs: “I’ll be staying at a Ritz-Carlton property soon, and was wondering whether I should sign up for their loyalty program or Marriott Rewards. If it makes a difference, I have Gold status with Hilton and Platinum status with Hyatt.” While Marriott has owned and…

Do Citi Prestige and ThankYou Premier Make a Good Combo?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier TPG reader James sent me a message on Facebook to ask about maximizing credit card bonus categories: “Do you think the Citi Prestige and Thank You Premier cards pair well with each other due to the different bonus categories,…

Should I Use Mileage Brokers to Buy Discounted Flights?

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask about buying discounted travel: “What do you think of buying airfare from a points and miles broker?” In January, I cautioned readers against selling travel rewards to mileage brokers, but when Adam’s question showed up in the TPG inbox, I realized I hadn’t addressed the other side of the equation. The most valuable…

Is a Transfer Bonus Worthwhile if I Don’t Have Travel Plans?

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask about transfer bonuses: “I saw that Amex was offering a bonus for transfers to Virgin America. Should I take advantage of these bonuses even if I don’t already have plans to travel?” Amex Membership Rewards used to routinely offer transfer bonuses as high as 50% to British Airways, Delta and other airline partners….