Do Award Cancellation Benefits Change With AA Elite Status?

TPG reader Liam tweeted me to ask about when AAdvantage elite benefits become available: @thepointsguy – “Can I book AA award travel as a Platinum elite member, then use privileges to cancel and reinstate miles when I become Executive Platinum?” Over the years, the airlines have eroded elite status by doing things like making lower-tier elites…

How Can I Use My AAdvantage Miles to Fly to Jamaica?

TPG reader Sherry tweeted me to ask about using AAdvantage miles: @thepointsguy – “I have about 100,000 American Airlines miles expiring next year and I’d like to book a trip to Jamaica for my family. When I call AA to book, they are very unhelpful. What should I do?” Sherry, this is a great example of…

Should I Fly to Europe on a Low-Cost Carrier Like WOW Air?

TPG reader Kendal asked me about ways to save on flights to Europe this summer: “Should I book a cheap flight to Europe this summer on WOW Air or Norwegian? Do you think it’s worth suffering through these airlines, or should I shell out the extra cash and fly United instead?” I’m all about a good deal, and…

Will AA Offer Upgrade or Business Award Space on LAX-SYD?

TPG reader Kyle messaged me to ask about upgrades on American Airlines: “Do you think there will be a lot of upgrade availability on the the new American LAX-SYD route once it opens?” American Airlines recently announced that it will fly nonstop between Los Angeles and Sydney starting in December, 2015. While the new service is a welcome…

What Are the Best Rewards Hotel Options in Jerusalem?

TPG reader Daniel tweeted me to ask about finding a hotel in Jerusalem: @thepointsguy – “Do you have any rewards hotel recommendations in Jerusalem? I can only see Waldorf/Hilton and Crowne/IHG.” I’ve never been to Israel, but I really would like to visit in the future. There are plenty of options in Tel Aviv, but your…

Do Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Get Free TSA PreCheck?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask about TSA PreCheck: @thepointsguy – “Do Delta Reserve Amex holders get free TSA PreCheck? I’ve been selected twice and I never signed up.” Happy Sunday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from steamy Madrid. It’s over 100 degrees here, but I won’t let the heat stop me from enjoying one of…

Should I Get the Citi AA Executive Card with the 75,000-Mile Bonus?

TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask a credit card question: “Should I sign up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard with a 75,000-mile bonus?” Just this week, Citi announced a new sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, offering 75,000 miles after making $7,500 in purchases in the first three…

What’s the Best Card if I Travel a Lot and Only Fly AA?

TPG reader Robbie tweeted me to ask about the best card for a unique situation: @thepointsguy – “Should I get SPG Amex, ThankYou Premier or Sapphire Preferred? I travel a lot for work and fly AA exclusively, but don’t have a preferred hotel chain.” This is an interesting question, because these three cards have unique…

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have at Once?

TPG reader John messaged me to ask a credit card question: “How many credit cards is too many? Given what you’ve said about the relatively low impact on your credit score, it would seem that 5-10 would be okay. Do you agree? How many cards do you have open at once? What kind of strategy do you recommend?”…

What Are Your Favorite Noise-Canceling Headphones?

TPG reader Marcus tweeted me to ask about travel gear: @thepointsguy – “What are your favorite noise-canceling headphones for travel?” I think it’s important to have a great pair of headphones for air travel. It’s nice to be able to control your airplane environment, and even if you’re flying in first class, it can get loud. People…