When Should I Transfer Points to Airline and Hotel Partners?

TPG reader Sai sent me a message on Facebook to ask about transferable points programs: “What’s the advantage of transferring Ultimate Rewards points to partners rather than booking through Chase?” There are a lot of benefits to redeeming Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal. For starters, Chase tends to offer competitive prices and lets you use points to cover a…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for September 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to…

Do I Have to Book Directly with Southwest to Use the Companion Pass?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about using a companion ticket on flights booked through a third party: “If I book a Southwest flight using ThankYou points, can I still add a companion to that reservation?” You can get a lot of value out of companion tickets, but many of them come loaded with…

How AA Awards Miles When Booking with Citi ThankYou Points or Through Portals

With American Airlines’ recent switched to a revenue-based system for awarding redeemable miles, many travelers will be seeing lower rewards balances. However, as TPG Contributor JT Genter explains, using Citi ThankYou points to book certain flights could be a good option, as AA seems to be awarding miles for these bookings according to a different…

How to Use 100,000 Citi ThankYou Rewards Points

If you got in on the 50,000-point sign-up bonus offers for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card and the Citi Prestige Card — or if you simply have plenty of ThankYou points in your account, you may be wondering how to maximize your travel rewards. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for August 2016

Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. Many of the cards on my list remain consistent from month to month thanks to great benefits and consistent bonus opportunities, like those available with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. However, the list does change, and rankings shift as new offers…

Can I Upgrade a Ticket Booked with Credit Card Points?

TPG reader Jeff emailed me to ask about upgrading flights booked through a third party: “If I book a flight through Citi ThankYou Rewards, can I then use my airline miles to upgrade my ticket?” One nice aspect of credit card loyalty programs (including Citi) is that you can use points to book flights and still earn rewards in the…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for July 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard Every month, I compile a list of the top travel rewards credit card offers currently available. I take into account all the news in the points and miles marketplace as well as any…

Should I Redeem Citi ThankYou Points for Hotels on Expedia?

TPG reader Chad emailed me to ask about a new Citi ThankYou Rewards partnership: “Is there a way to maximize the value of ThankYou points by booking hotels with Expedia, or are there better options?” Citi’s partnership with Expedia extends back nearly a decade. For most of that time, the partnership has been defined by various co-branded credit cards, but it expanded…