Should I Get the Delta Platinum Amex or the Starwood Amex?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I currently have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express, and have been offered an upgrade to the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card. I’m a bit apprehensive due to the lack of transparency Delta now has regarding its award travel structure. I’m also a Platinum member with SPG, but don’t have…

What’s the Best Strategy to Upgrade on US – UK Flights?

TPG reader Ryan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “If you’re not the most frequent traveler, but travel between the US and UK occasionally, what’s the best strategy for upgrading from Economy to Business class?” It’s getting harder and harder to use miles to upgrade these days. More business travelers are back on the road on those…

Can I Earn AAdvantage EQMs By Booking Tickets for Others?

TPG reader Todd emailed me to ask: “Can I earn American Airline EQMs or points by booking tickets for others? I may have occasions where I purchase tickets for my wife and son, and want to maximize my EQMs/points if possible.” Todd, your wife and son will always earn the Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) for…

How Can I Share Credit Card Rewards with Business Partners?

TPG reader Nancy emailed me to ask: “My business partner and I are looking for a business credit card that earns miles, but we want to share them.  All of the companies I’ve contacted allow miles to be shared only with a  spouse or domestic partner — not a legally documented business partner! Do you have any…

What Are the Best Excursions in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii?

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m going to Princeville in Kauai, Hawaii in May! What excursions do you recommend?” I just got back from an incredible trip to Kauai, and I know how excited Matt must be for his trip. I’ve been to Princeville twice now, three years ago in February,…

Will US Airways Tickets Booked Before Merger Be Valid After?

TPG reader Christina sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I have a question regarding the 110,000 mile US Airways round the world ticket in business class. Do I have to complete my travel before the merger with American Airlines, or do I simply need to book my ticket before then?” Some time during the second quarter…

What’s the Best Way to Search Airline Award Availability?

TPG reader @TheBroadwayBoys tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy—”hey TPG, is there a search engine for miles and points, like Kayak for awards?  If not, you should add that to your app!” There are a lot of things in this world that I would love, like world peace, or for Delta to stop devaluing the SkyMiles…

SPG & Elite Status: Why Are All Stays Counted the Same?

TPG reader Vito tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Why does SPG count a night in a $100 room in Duluth the same as a $1,000 villa at the St. Regis Bali? First off, they don’t count it exactly the same, since you’ll earn a lot more Starpoints for staying in the more expensive room. Hotels are typically revenue-based, and the…

If I Upgrade With Miles, Do I Earn Miles as If I Flew Coach?

TPG reader James tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”If I book an economy ticket and then use miles to upgrade to Business/First, do I still earn miles as if I flew economy?”  Using miles to upgrade from economy to business (or even business to first, like I recently did on a British Airways flight) can be…

Is There an Amex Centurion Lounge in Every Airport?

TPG reader Marlon tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy—I’ve been thinking of getting the Platinum Card from American Express. Is there a Centurion Lounge in every airport?” Well, don’t we all wish! The Amex Centurion Lounges are amazing; however, there are currently only four full-fledged Centurion Lounges: at New York LaGuardia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, and San…