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Is it Better to Pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA Precheck?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Safwan posted a question on my Facebook page this week: ” Is it better to pay $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA Precheck? Thanks in advance.” Safwan is comparing the costs of getting Global […]

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Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Barclaycard Arrival?

March 2, 2014

TPG reader Lance sent me a Facebook message this week to ask me about which credit card he should get. “I already have an American Express Platinum and Starwood cards, but I want to get another card that allows me to use points for travel expenses and statement credits. I’m deciding between the Barclaycard Arrival […]

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How Will US Airways’ Departure from Star Alliance Affect Future Bookings?

March 2, 2014

Later this month, US Airways is officially leaving Star Alliance to join Oneworld, the alliance of its merger partner, American Airlines. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this on Twitter, like the following two: TPG reader Nat asked: @thepointsguy With US leaving *A, if I want to fly NYC to Cape Town 3/2015, does it make […]

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Can You Transfer Delta SkyMiles To Alaska Miles?

March 2, 2014

It was a big week in airline news with Delta’s announcement that they’re going to fundamentally change the way that flyers earn SkyMiles and, potentially, the way that we redeem them. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Delta and its alliance with Alaska. TPG Reader Josh asked on Twitter: “@thepointsguy Question – how does […]

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What Are Some Tips for Traveling With a Small Dog?

March 2, 2014

The next question is close to my heart, as it concerns my experience of traveling with Miles, my furry little “son.” TPG reader Jeanette posted a question on my Facebook page this week: “I am entering the world of a traveler with a small dog…any tips for flying and hotel stays? This is a first […]

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What Program Is Best To Transfer Amex Points If You’re Going to Close Your Account?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader TGauthier tweeted me this week wondering what his options were for transferring American Express Membership Reward points for future travel before he closes his account: “@thepointsguy Brian where is the best place to transfer Amex points for future  travel prior to closing the account?” First off, you never want to move Amex, Chase […]

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Why Should You Change Your Frequent Flyer Number on an Award Ticket?

February 23, 2014

Last week, I flew United GlobalFirst from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and in my review of the flight I noted that every time I fly an award ticket, I always go to the kiosk to change my frequent flyer number on the reservation. TPG reader Ritz read that and emailed me to ask, “Why would […]

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If Your Flight Is Cancelled Due To A Storm Do You Have To Sleep In The Airport?

February 23, 2014

With the recent snow storms along the East Coast, TPG reader Loren tweeted me asking: “@thepointsguy If your flight is canceled in a snowstorm do the airlines have to put you in a hotel or do you just sleep in the airport?” The short answer is no. There really aren’t many consumer protections in the […]

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When Should You Pay For A Ticket Or Redeem Miles?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader Todd tweeted me this week: “@thepointsguy Do you have a rule of thumb for when it’s economical to pay for a ticket with miles?” A lot of factors come into play here. The first is your budget. If you’re really cash-strapped but need to get somewhere and have a ton of miles, why […]

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Can You Book Southwest Award Tickets and Change Dates After The March 31st Devaluation And Still Retain The Same Pre-Devalued Rate?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Cynthia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy – Regarding the Southwest devaluation: since Southwest doesn’t have change fees, could I buy award tickets now and change dates later to get a better rate?  Or will I end up paying the higher post devaluation fee anyway?” Sadly, 2014 is the year of the […]

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Can You Prevent US Airways Miles From Expiring By Flying On American?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Faryn has some US Airway miles expiring soon, but is wondering if flying on American Airlines is enough to keep them active. Here was her question: “I have some US Airways miles that are set to expire in April. I am flying American this weekend. Will that prevent my US Airways miles from […]

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Can The Delta Suntrust Card Be Used To Pay Taxes For Yourself and For Friends/Family Members?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Lawrence is wondering if he can use his Delta Suntrust debit card to pay his taxes and earn one mile per dollar spent. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy: Can I use my Delta suntrust debit cards to pay taxes for my parents/inlaws/brotherinlaw etc? Or only for me? #bigtaxbillscoming” It’s getting to be that […]

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What’s The Best Travel Rewards Credit Card For Someone Young Without Great Credit?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Cliff is young and doesn’t have great credit, and he emailed to ask what reward credit card options he has: “I’m young and don’t have great credit. Are there airline credit cards designed for people like me?” Having good credit is essential if you want to be able to apply for several credit […]

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Can You Still Get The Benefits of the United Club Card Even If You Don’t Use It To Purchase Tickets?

February 9, 2014

Airline credit cards come with lots of great perks, but many folks don’t know exactly what they’re entitled to. TPG reader Cuong tweeted me and asked if it’s necessary to use his United Club Card to purchase the airline ticket in order to get the card’s benefits when traveling. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy, Is […]

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With the American Airlines Merger Can US Airways Miles Be Used On Air Tahiti Nui Yet?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask if it was possible yet to use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui because of the airline’s merger with American. Here was his question: “Can we use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui yet? Or do you think that will only happen when US Airway miles […]

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Can I Get The 100,000 Mile Citi AAdvantage Credit Card If I Already Have Another Citi Card?

February 2, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  With so many great Citi AAdvantage credit card offers available at the moment including 50,000-mile bonuses on the Platinum Select Mastercard and 100,000 miles for the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, TPG reader Phillip wants to be […]

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How Much Value Can I Really Get Out Of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Benefits?

February 2, 2014

TPG reader Mary had a question about one of the Platinum Card from American Express’s major benefits, the Fine Hotels & Resorts booking site: “In all the hubbaloo about the American Express Platinum downgrades, people are mentioning FHR as a major benefit. However, I’ve never bothered to use this, as it doesn’t seem to offer […]

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What Is The Best Travel Credit Card For a London-Based Expat?

February 2, 2014

TPG reader Jeff is moving from Chicago to London and thinking of switching loyalty from United to another airline and is wondering what his best credit card options are: “My wife and I are relocating from Chicago to London for two years (work rotation). I currently travel for work in the US and have platinum […]

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Does It Make Sense to Cancel A Credit Card with No Annual Fee?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Clayton tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: Is there ever a reason to cancel a card with no annual fee? I have a Macy’s card I used in the past, but now sits in a drawer.” The largest factor in having a high credit score is paying off your balances on time. But there […]

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Can Married Couples Have Separate American Express Bluebird Accounts?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Eric asked me a question about Amex Bluebird via Facebook: “Can my wife and I have separate Bluebird accounts and purchase separate Vanilla Reloads?” I’ve written a lot about the Amex Bluebird, which is a checking/debit account alternative that you can fund with Vanilla Reloads – prepaid cards that you can purchase at […]

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Can You Double Dip on Points By Using Gift Certificates and Online Shopping Portals?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Ruth sent me a question on Facebook about maximizing points with online shopping: “Hi Points Guy, I have a question about double dipping in the AAdvantage shopping portal. If I go to gift certificates.com and buy a $100 cert at a store that is also on the portal, can one then turn around […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card For Airline Employees To Get?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Jennifer works for an airline, and is wondering what the best travel credit card to get is in her situation: “Hi Mr. Points Guy, I was wondering if I could ask your advice on the best credit card for airline employees? This is a challenge, because generally, we do not use points for […]

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Will Credit Card Companies Flag $60k A Year In Purchases When My Annual Income Is $95k?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Andrew emailed asking about the Amex Bluebird: “I signed up for a Bluebird account last year in Q4 and have been maxing out the $5k spend per month on Vanilla Reloads at CVS.  Here are my two questions: 1) My yearly Vanilla Reload spend on the one credit card (the one that provides […]

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Can You Use British Airways Avios For US Airways Flights?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to ask the following: “Can you use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights?” Recently American Airlines and US Airways announced that you be able to redeem frequent flyer miles in each others programs. So, TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to find out […]

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