What Are Some Tips for Earning SPG Platinum Status?

TPG reader Savannah tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I really want to go for SPG Platinum this year, but don’t know if I’ll meet the requirements. Any advice?” Just like me, Savannah loves her SPG Platinum status. The easy tip if you’re nervous about re-qualifying is simply to stay, stay, stay. Book as much travel…

9 Benefits Every Hotel Credit Card Should Have

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to discuss hotel credit card benefits and explain which ones you should look for when applying. There are some standard benefits that every hotel…

Do Delta & SPG Crossover Rewards Count Toward Elite Status?

TPG Reader Emir messaged me to ask: “I know that points transferred from Amex Rewards do not count toward Delta elite status; what about points earned from SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards?” Amex points transferred to Delta do not count toward Medallion elite status, as Emir mentioned. However, about a year and a half ago, Delta…

Double TrueBlue Points, Starwood Asia Pacific Sale & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Emirates Blocks Upgrades on the Cheapest Fare Class Emirates is changing their rules regarding upgrades on February 1, 2015. Emirates flyers with fares categorized as Business Special and Economy Special will no longer be able to upgrade their tickets….

Top 5 Factors to Look for in Transferable Points Programs

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus Transferable points are the cornerstone of a robust travel rewards portfolio, so…

Top Business Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus Offers

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Ink Plus Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can boost your loyalty accounts even more with business credit cards, and shares the top sign-up bonus offers on the market right now….

Earning Starwood Ambassador Status After 100 Nights with SPG

For SPG members, the main benefit of reaching 100 Starwood nights each year is SPG Ambassador status, which provides an immediate and high-level relationship with a dedicated point person to whom you can always go for advice about and help with your account or stays. I qualified for this service when it rolled out a couple of…

Top Credit Cards for Travel Rewards in 2015

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus It’s a new year, which means it’s time to reevaluate your credit card portfolio…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ink Plus TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite…

Should I Use My Delta Amex Card to Avoid MQD Requirements?

TPG reader Harrison tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With the increased Delta MQD requirements, do you think it’s a good idea to spend $25,000 on a Delta Amex card for the waiver?” In 2014, both United and Delta added a revenue requirement to elite status qualification, meaning that  customers would have to spend a certain amount…