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Sunday Reader Questions

Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus for General Spending?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Kenny emailed me to ask: “I have both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. I’ve already met the minimum spending requirements to get the bonuses. For all of my travel and dining, I use Sapphire Preferred on top of the Chase Freedom bonus categories. For all my other spending, where […]

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Can I Separate a Two-Night Hotel Stay to Earn Elite Credit?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Junaid asked me on Facebook: “I recently signed up for the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card, and was curious about an upcoming two-night hotel stay. Can I book each of the two nights separately and get credit for two different stays with Marriott in order to earn elite status? Basically I’d reserve one […]

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If I Just Got a New Credit Card, Can I Apply for Another?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Luis tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy- I just got approved for a credit card. When can I apply for another one?” I’ve said it time and time again, but credit card bonuses are probably the most lucrative and easiest way to bring in tons of points and miles. A 60 second application online (and meeting spending […]

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Can I Book Hotel Award Nights for Someone Else?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Christopher emailed me to ask: “I want to book an award stay in Las Vegas for my brother-in-law using Hyatt Gold Passport points. Is this possible?  Can you book an award stay without actually being there in person?” The short answer here is yes-you can book an award stay for someone else, and […]

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Credit Card Bonuses?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Rushabh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy– Do banks report sign-up bonuses to the IRS? Do we have to pay taxes on sign-up bonuses from credit card offers?” Rushabh wants to know what his tax liability is for points and miles earned from a credit card, and is concerned he might have to forfeit some […]

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Do I Earn MQDs for Delta Tickets Booked on Ultimate Rewards?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Philip tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy If you book Delta tickets through Chase Ultimate Rewards, will you get MQDs? I’ve started to NOT get MQDs on recent tickets I have purchased through Ultimate Rewards.” Credit card points can be especially valuable when redeemed directly for airfare, because you usually earn miles on the […]

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Should I Drop United if I Fly Mostly Long Haul?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Alvin asked me on Facebook: “I’m an infrequent flyer with United and Star Alliance (two long haul domestic round-trips and a transpacific each year). Since United is shifting to a fare-based mileage plan, this negates my travel style. Should I cash out soon and put my miles on another Star Alliance carrier?” This […]

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Should I Switch From United Premier 1K for More Upgrades?

September 28, 2014

TPG Reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m a United Premier 1K based in San Francisco (SFO). There are too many 1K members in San Francisco, meaning I miss too many upgrades. Does it make sense to switch airlines?” A lot of things are happening for elite flyers this year. First off, United and […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Building Credit?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Martine asked me on Facebook: “I just completed paying off my consolidated debt and am looking to build my credit, if possible with some type of rewards credit card. My credit score is 694 with Transunion, but 744 with Experian.  Do you have any recommendations?” Maintaining a high credit score is critical if […]

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Which Starwood Hotel Should I Stay at in Puerto Rico?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Drew asked me on Facebook: “I’m going on a honeymoon in April, 2015, and I’m trying to use Starpoints and Delta SkyMiles to make it more affordable. Because of its proximity to Atlanta, I was thinking Puerto Rico might be a good option. Would you recommend staying at the St. Regis Bahia Beach […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Airport Lounge Access?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Gagan asked me on Facebook: “What is the best option to get airport lounge access throughout the U.S. and internationally? I’m not a member of any frequent flyer club and have no status. Will I have to buy a pass?” Lounge access is nice to have when traveling. Not only can you get […]

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Are Award Booking Services Worth the Price?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Todd tweeted  me to ask: @thepointsguy -”Are award booking services worthwhile?  If so, do you have any recommendations?” The Points Guy website actually started out as an award booking service, so before I ever wrote my first blog post, I was helping people book awards. The website had a form for people to explain where […]

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How Can I Earn AAdvantage Platinum Status Besides Flying?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Tim tweeted me to ask: “‪@thepointsguy: Does American Airlines offer alternatives to obtain Executive Platinum status? If so, who do I call? I am currently an AAdvantage Platinum member.” We’re more than halfway through 2014, and I know that many elite travelers (myself included) are looking at their elite status qualification requirements, as we only […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Economy Awards to London?

September 14, 2014

TPG Reader Steven tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy: “I value free/low-cost economy flights to London Heathrow. On which credit card should I concentrate my spending? I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus, and the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard.” I usually use my miles and points to book business class flights or […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best for Miscellaneous Travel Expenses?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Gisele emailed me to ask: “I’m organizing a trip to Italy in the spring and would like to know if there’s a good credit card for less obvious travel expenses, such as Eurorail passes, museum tickets, tour buses, etc. I also would like to use Airbnb instead of a hotel. Do you have […]

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Should I Call if I Don’t Get Instant Credit Card Approval?

September 14, 2014

TPG reader Brian asked me on Facebook: “If my online credit card application isn’t approved instantly, is there any benefit to calling the reconsideration line right away rather than waiting until I receive a yes or no decision? Would it be better to wait and then call if the decision is no?” Applying for credit cards […]

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Does Delta Amex Platinum Still Offer Bonus MQMs?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “What happened to the bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles that I used to get with my Delta American Express Platinum card? Is this another SkyMiles casualty of Delta 2014?” I think my heart stopped for a moment when I read Chris’s question, wondering whether something had in fact happened […]

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How Can I Book Two Award Seats When Only One Is Available?

September 7, 2014

TPG Reader Sara sent me this message on Facebook: “I’m trying to book a flight from Chicago to Rome using AAdvantage miles. The direct flight is only available when I search for one passenger, but not for two. If I buy the award flight for myself, will another spot open up?” Italy is a top tourist […]

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Can I Fly Korean Air and Bank the Miles Earned to Delta?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask: “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I can book Korean Air tickets through the Ultimate Rewards site. I live in Korea and plan on visiting home in the next few months. Because Korean Air and Delta are in the SkyTeam alliance together, can I book my flight […]

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Should I Get Amex Gold Premier or Southwest Rapid Rewards?

August 31, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express TPG reader Noah tweeted me to ask:  @thepointsguy “Which card should I get? The American Express Gold Premier Rewards credit card with the 50k bonus or Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card with the […]

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Will I Earn a Bonus for Upgrading to Citi Executive Card?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Marty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Does American Airlines ever give mile bonuses to upgrade your existing credit card from Platinum Select AAdvantage to Citi Executive AAdvantage?” The Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is one of the most lucrative deals out there. This year alone, I’ve gotten two different Citi AAdvantage cards; both are […]

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How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta flyers, the elite status game got a little bit harder in […]

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Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?” Airline Elite status matches and challenges are a great way to leverage your current status and quickly earn similar status on another […]

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How Can I Get Elite Status By Doing Starwood Transfers?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Andrew asks on Facebook: “I have approximately two million SPG points that I can transfer to airlines. I’d like to know if you have any strategies on how I can get airline elite status by doing Starwood transfers?” I love the innocence of newbie questions, and today’s newbie question of the week comes […]

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