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Can You Use The British Airways “Travel Together Ticket” Companion Pass On Partner Airlines?

November 3, 2013

I have gotten a bunch of questions about the British Airways Companion Pass – the Travel Together Ticket – which is a benefit that you get when you hit $30,000 in spend on your British Airways Visa in a calendar year, and seeing as we are getting towards the end of the year, I think […]

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Do You Need A Valid Passport At The Time Of An Award Booking Or Just By The Travel Day?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader Jake asked: “Do you need a valid passport at the time of an award booking or just at the travel day?” To put it simply, you don’t need a passport at the time of an award booking, however you do need it by the time you travel and I would strongly advise that […]

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How Do I Transfer My 50K Marriott Rewards Points To My Chase Ultimate Rewards?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader AJ tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “How do I transfer my Marriott Rewards points (50K) to my Chase Ultimate Rewards?” As you all have probably guessed, AJ is a bit of a newbie to points and miles, and the simple answer is: you can’t. With all the credit card transferable points programs out […]

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Is It Worth It To Get A US Airways Credit Card To Reinstate 25K Dividend Miles Cancelled For Not Flying Them?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader Nathan tweeted tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question about expiring miles: “Is it worth it to get a US Airways credit card to reinstate 25K Dividend Miles cancelled for not flying them? I do fly United a lot too.” First off, yes it is worth it – and shame on you for letting […]

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Should A Tokyo-Based Expat Get An ANA or United Credit Card?

October 27, 2013

This reader question comes from Tim, an expat living in Japan: “I’m an avid follower and have a question that I wonder if you could answer.  I’m American and have lived in Tokyo long-term.  Because I’m a resident of Japan, I do most of my spending in Japanese Yen and have access to Japan-based ANA […]

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Which Is The Best Miami Hotel Suite To Book With Points For A Bachelorette Party?

October 27, 2013

TPG reader Eli emailed me about how to book some suites while planning her sister’s bachelorette weekend in Miami: “I’ve got a great task on my hands – to plan the ultimate bachelorette party for my younger sister. She is thinking Miami and I totally thought of you! What hotel do you recommend we could […]

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What Is The Actual Minimum Spending Requirement Time Frame For A Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

October 27, 2013

Our first reader question today comes from Ben, who tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question about minimum spending requirement time frames: “Two customer service representatives told me Chase gives you 103 days to meet a 3 month spend. Any experience with this? 90 days vs. 103 is a big difference.” This is actually true! Chase […]

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Can I Negotiate Elite Status Based On The Amount Spent On Airfare In A Calendar Year?

October 20, 2013

TPG reader Adam is facing a frustrating situation: “I travel often for work but I have a difficult time reaching higher than Silver on Delta. I fly short distances and two-segment road trips often. Currently I have traveled 42 segments and have accrued 29,000 MQMs (Silver status) and I am not sure if I will […]

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How Can I Sell My Miles and Points Without Violating User Agreements?

October 20, 2013

TPG reader Michael has a ton of points and would like to sell them: “I have over a million points (a mixture of United miles, American miles, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, British Airways Avios, Southwest points, StarPoints, US Airways miles, ANA and Delta SkyMiles). How can I sell the points without violating airlines’ user agreements? […]

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Are In-Cabin Pet Fees Waived for Elites?

October 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Mike will be traveling with his dog over the holidays and wants to avoid the in-cabin pet fee: “I’m flying from LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort-Worth on American Airlines for Christmas with my dog, Edie, and she’s going […]

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What’s The 1 Points-Earning Credit Card I Should Start With?

October 13, 2013

TPG reader Jamie tweeted me this week @thepointsguy with a question I get all the time: “We want to start with 1 card to start earning travel points while learning the ins & outs. Which credit card do you recommend?” It really all depends on what you’re looking to get out of your points – […]

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Will I Still Get Points For Auto Bill Pay?

October 13, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Michael tweeted me @thepointsguy this week asking: “Will I still get points if I set up automatic payments for bills (utilities, cell, rent, car, etc) using my rewards card?” Yes, absolutely. Whether your credit card payment is automatic or not, if a vendor accepts your card payment, you will get the points. […]

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Should I Buy United Miles?

October 13, 2013

TPG Twitter follower @MrBanilla16 tweeted me @thepointsguy about a United buy miles promotion he was targeted with: “Should I buy united miles? I just got an email about it – 30% discount after I buy more than 10,000. Is it worth the price?” Long story short, no, you should avoid buying miles when possible. Especially […]

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How Do You Choose Between A Hotel Where You Earn Points and a Nicer One Where You Don’t?

October 13, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Duc tweeted me an interesting question this week that I get all the time and is foremost for when booking hotel stays. He asked: “@thepointsguy If you had to choose between a much better reviewed […]

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Will Applying For A Business Credit Card Affect The Credit Of The Business?

October 6, 2013

TPG reader Eric is wondering whether his business credit score is affected by applying for or canceling a business credit card: “When I apply for (or cancel) a business credit card, does it affect the credit of the business (the EIN of the business)? Or do they just pull my personal credit to see if […]

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Will I Be Upgrade Eligible For My SkyMiles Award Ticket Once I Achieve Silver Medallion Status?

October 6, 2013

TPG follower Robert is about to become a Silver Medallion with Delta SkyMiles and wants to know: “@thepointsguy I booked a SkyMiles award ticket and will soon achieve Silver Medallion status. Will it update my itinerary to show upgrade requested?” First, congratulations on becoming a Silver Medallion, and let me warn you that elite status is […]

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If I Take a Flight That Departs in 2013 and Returns In 2014, in Which Year Will My Miles Post?

October 6, 2013

TPG twitter follower Osuadam84 asks: “If I take a flight that leaves the last week of December and comes back the first week of January, which year will my miles post to?” I’ve actually been asked a similar question about overnight flights several times and it’s a really easy one. The answer is you get credit […]

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Will The 5% Cash Back Through Chase Freedom Work on Purchasing Gift Cards at Nordstrom?

October 6, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Alexander is looking to take advantage of Chase Freedom’s 5% cash back bonus at select department stores in Q4: “Will the 5% cash back through Chase Freedom work on purchasing gift cards at Nordstrom?” Greetings from Madrid, everyone! I am currently at the Radisson Blu Hotel Prado, which is one of the […]

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How Can You Expedite the Process of Receiving Credit Card Points from a Sign-up Bonus?

September 29, 2013

TPG reader Matthew asks: “Most airline credit cards I see say, “Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for Credits to post to your account” for their sign-up bonuses. If I want to travel within those 6-8 weeks (i.e. go home for Thanksgiving), is there any way to expedite that process, or specific cards that don’t […]

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What Credit Card Is Best For Cruises?

September 29, 2013

TPG reader Michael asks: “What card is best for cruises? Cruises appear to be excluded from the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card 3x since cruising isn’t air travel. So, are the Chase Sapphire family of cards the best? What are your suggestions? Cruising carries a hefty price tag, and I’m somewhat surprised no credit […]

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Which American Airlines Executive Platinum Milestone Elite Reward is the Most Valuable?

September 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG reader Simon asks: “I have been Executive Platinum for five years and will most likely make it six with five weeks of travel this fall. I just hit the second milestone in AA’s newest scheme and […]

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How Many Credit Cards Do You Have Open At Once And How Does That Affect Your Credit?

September 22, 2013

This question comes from TPG reader Seth, who asked: “How many credit cards do you have, what are the effects of having so many cards open at once, and do you ever decide to close them?” At the moment, I have 19 active credit cards – and that’s a number that scares some people, but […]

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How Do You Have Elite Status If You Are Accruing Miles On Credit Cards And Redeeming Miles, But Don’t Earn Elite Status Qualifying Miles?

September 22, 2013

TPG reader Eric asked: “How do you have elite status if you are just accruing so many miles on your credit cards and redeeming miles? You obviously don’t earn elite-qualifying miles?” I actually met TPG reader Eric on the street and he asked me how I maintain my elite status on three airlines – I […]

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What App Is Best For Tracking Miles And Points?

September 22, 2013

TPG reader Charles asked: “What app do you use to track all of your miles and points?” I am going to be completely honest here, I am so obsessed with my mile and points – I check them more than my bank account! – so I don’t really use an app.  I always know what […]

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