Should I Get the Discover It Card for Cash Back?

TPG reader Zach messaged me to ask about cash-back credit cards: “Should I sign-up for the Discover It card since it has a new offer?”  I don’t talk a lot about Discover cards because generally cash back isn’t my main priority. I prefer to earn points and miles to redeem for airfare and hotels instead…

Is the SPG Amex Worth Getting with the Increased Annual Fee?

TPG reader Ricardo tweeted me to ask about the Starwood Amex: @thepointsguy– “With the increased annual fee of $95 on the SPG Amex, do you think the card is still worthwhile?” I hate an annual fee increase just as much as the next points maximizer, but added benefits take the sting out of it. SPG…

Will I Earn Elite Status for Citi ThankYou Hotel Bookings?

TPG reader Tony messaged me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Do you know if the hotel nights booked using Citi ThankYou points are eligible for elite night accrual in hotel programs?” Using Citi ThankYou points for hotels can be a good value, especially if you have the Citi Prestige card, which offers the…

Should I Sign Up for a New Credit Card Offer Right Away?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask a question about sign-up bonuses: @thepointsguy– “Is there any benefit to signing up for a credit card offer as soon as it goes live vs. waiting a few weeks?” This year has been an exciting one for travel rewards credit card bonuses. It seems like every other week there’s a…

Does Uber Count as Travel on Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Michael tweeted me to ask about the travel category on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card: @thepointsguy– “Does Uber count as 2X travel for the Chase Sapphire Preferred?” It’s no secret that I love Uber. It has fundamentally changed the way I travel; I can’t even tell you the last time I rented a…

Should I Keep My Monthly Gogo Wi-Fi Plan or Pay Per Use?

TPG reader Robert tweeted me to ask about strategies for buying in-flight Wi-Fi: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Delta Platinum member and love in-flight Wi-Fi; however it seems like Gogo is constantly raising the price of its monthly plans, and now mine is $49 a month (only for Delta). Do you think it’s now better to pay per use…

When Should I Get the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card?

TPG reader Mark messaged me to ask a question about getting the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card: “With the new perks recently announced for the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card, is now a good time to get it? I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.” It’s always refreshing when credit cards add benefits…

Should I Use Citi ThankYou Points for Hotels and Rental Cars?

TPG reader Maxwell tweeted me with a question about using Citi ThankYou points: @thepointsguy– “Should I use Citi ThankYou points to book hotels and rental cars at 1.25 cents per point with my Citi ThankYou Premier card?” Maxwell, in general I think using your Citi ThankYou points for car rentals and hotels is a decent value, and…

Which Airline Has the Friendliest Cabin Crew?

TPG reader Melanie messaged me this week with a fun question about airline crews: “What airline has the friendliest cabin crew in your opinion?” I am going to answer this question separately for domestic and international airlines. Domestically, Southwest takes the cake. The cabin crew is generally very outgoing, and even though I didn’t fly…

Which Citi Card Is Best for Admirals Club Lounge Access?

TPG reader Eric wrote in to ask about getting Admirals Club access with Citi cards: “What’s the difference between the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card vs. Citi Prestige when to comes to Admirals Club access?” This is an interesting question, but before I answer, I think it’s important to understand the benefits of both cards. The…