What’s the Highest Sign-Up Bonus for the Gold Delta Amex?

TPG reader Chelsea sent me a message on Facebook to ask about sign-up bonuses: “What is the highest bonus you’ve seen for the Gold Delta Amex? I’ve been a cardholder for 15 years, but I want my fiancé to sign up as we get ready to book our honeymoon. Every mile counts, so I’d love for him to get…

Do Million Milers Get a Head Start on Elite Qualification?

TPG reader Erica sent me a message on Facebook to ask about million miler status: “I’m about to hit one million miles flown with United, and I’m a little confused about lifetime Premier Gold status. Does this mean that I only have to fly 25,000 miles each year to get to Premier Platinum, or 50,000 miles for…

Can I Get Marriott Rewards Gold Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Angela sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott status: “I stay with Marriott a lot for work, and I have a Marriott card that gives me Silver status. Is there another card that can get me Gold status (like the Business Platinum Amex for SPG and Hilton)?” Hotel loyalty programs offer quite…

Which Aircraft Offers More Spacious Economy Seats?

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline seating: “Which has more room in economy: the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 777-300ER?” As airlines have worked to improve profit margins over the years, the average space allotted to each seat has steadily declined. New and more compact designs (like reconfigurable bench seating and rear-facing seats)…

Is Chase Freedom Unlimited Good for Non-Bonus Spending?

TPG reader Jack sent me a tweet to ask about how to maximize everyday spending: “Which card do you prefer for non-bonus spending: the new Chase Freedom Unlimited or the SPG Amex?” Last month, Chase introduced a new rewards card with an intriguing bonus structure. The Chase Freedom Unlimited Card earns 1.5% cash back on all purchases with no monthly…

Which Frequent Flyer Programs Charge Award Booking Fees?

TPG reader Max sent me a tweet to ask about booking airline awards: “Which frequent flyer programs charge fees when you book with miles?” Airlines aren’t shy about tacking on fees for just about everything from checking a bag to printing a boarding pass. Still, I find award booking fees to be particularly insidious, since they generally don’t reflect any service or value added…

Should I Transfer Points to Southwest for a Companion Pass?

TPG reader Tina sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “Is it worthwhile to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a hotel program and then to Southwest in order to earn the Companion Pass?” The Southwest Companion Pass is perhaps the most valuable travel benefit out there, so it’s no surprise that I get a…

What’s the Best Credit Card with No Annual Fee?

TPG reader Nick sent me a message on Facebook to ask about cards with no annual fee: “In your opinion, which is the best travel credit card without an annual fee? I never carry a balance.” In January, we wrote about the best no-fee credit cards for 2016, all of which offer good opportunities to earn rewards….

When Should I Start an Airline Status Match or Challenge?

TPG reader Russ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about matching elite status: “When is the best time to status match to another program? I have AAdvantage Executive Platinum status through February of 2017, and I’m wondering when I should match to Alaska Mileage Plan.” Status matches and challenges are a great shortcut to earning…

Is My Companion Ticket Valid If I Cancel My Credit Card?

TPG reader Steven sent me a message on Facebook to ask about companion fares: “Will I lose my Travel Together Ticket from British Airways if I cancel my card, or does it stay with my Avios account?” There are a number of rewards credit cards that offer airline companion tickets either as a standard benefit or as a reward for spending. Some…