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…

Which Is Better: Chase Ritz-Carlton or Amex Platinum Card?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader @AGlobalAffair tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “How would you rate the benefits of…

How Can I Earn Points or Miles for Tax & Mortgage Payments?

TPG reader Melony emailed me to ask: “Are there any ways to earn bonus points or miles for tax payments and mortgage payments these days?” I’ll start by answering the tax portion of Melony’s question. April 15, the dreaded tax day, will be here before we know it. I actually do earn a lot of miles by…

How Do You Keep All Your Credit Cards Organized?

TPG reader Brycia emailed me to ask: “With so many credit cards, how do you keep them organized? Do you carry all of your active cards with you at all times? Do you have a huge credit card wallet? Or do you leave some at home and only take some with you?”  I’ve got about 25 active…

Should I take Uber or a Taxi from MIA to South Beach?

TPG reader David tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Miami Airport (MIA) to South Beach and vice versa. Which should I take: Uber or airport taxi?”  Today I’m answering questions from the gorgeous Andaz Maui in Hawaii. Here’s the deal: I love Uber. I’ve used it all around the world, from Paris to to Los Angeles,…