How Can I Avoid Losing My Points When Closing a Card?

TPG reader David sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferring points: “I was thinking of closing my ThankYou Premier and Amex Premier Rewards Gold cards, but I’m not sure what to do with the points. My initial thought was to transfer to Singapore Airlines, but I don’t have a specific redemption in mind. Where…

Should I Transfer from Chase Freedom to Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Trevor sent me a message on Facebook to ask about combining Ultimate Rewards points: “I was about to transfer all the points from my Chase Freedom card over to my Sapphire Preferred account. I don’t necessarily need them now; is there any reason to wait?” One nice aspect of the Ultimate Rewards program is that…

Is Lounge Access Worth the Price of a Day Pass?

TPG reader Patrick sent me a message on Facebook to ask about lounges: “I have a seven-hour layover in Philadelphia before an international flight. Is a day pass to the Admirals Club worth the extra $50?” Airport lounges are a mixed bag, especially for domestic travelers. The best US lounges offer a taste of jet-setting luxury, featuring amenities like…

Can I Upgrade My Credit Card Without a New Application?

TPG reader Brock emailed me to ask about upgrading a credit card: “I currently have an Amex EveryDay card and use it a ton on groceries and other purchases, but I’m interested in the Everyday Preferred card. Could I call American Express and convert from one to the other? If so, will they run another credit check,…

Which Airlines Have the Most Hidden Fees?

TPG reader Hillary sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline fees: “Which airlines nickel-and-dime you the most on fees? I vote United, but I’d like to hear your take.” Airline fees have skyrocketed over the past few years, ranging from relatively mundane charges like baggage fees to truly ridiculous add-ons like the fee just to…

Can I Transfer ThankYou Points from a Citi Checking Account?

TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about redeeming Citi ThankYou points: “I was planning to redeem 40,000 bonus points from my Citigold account to book a flight on Singapore Suites, but I was told points from checking don’t transfer to airline partners. What are my options?” Many credit card issuers also provide incentives for…

Can I Get a Fifth Award Night Free when Staying at Multiple Hotels?

TPG reader Brittany sent me a message on Facebook to ask about free hotel nights: “With Marriott’s Fifth Night Free deal, do all five nights have to be at the same hotel, or can you stay at multiple properties over the course of five nights?” Along with Hilton HHonors and Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards offers a fifth night free when…

Can I Stack MQMs from Spending on Multiple Delta Amex Cards?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Delta Medallion status: “I have a Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, and I’ve passed both thresholds to earn bonus Medallion miles. Can I get another Delta card to earn even more elite miles, and if so, is that a good strategy?” Several airlines offer paths to elite…

Do Redeemed Points Count Toward the Southwest Companion Pass?

TPG reader Cara sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Do I need to have 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in my account to qualify for the Companion Pass, or do they still count even if I redeem them.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most valuable travel rewards…

Do Airline Credit Cards Pair Well with Transferable Points?

TPG reader Logan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline credit cards: “What are your views on using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card in tandem with the British Airways Visa? Does it make sense to have both?” It’s important to have a credit card strategy that matches your award travel goals. I often…