Citi Has A New Way to Redeem ThankYou Points

Citi recently added another method for redeeming ThankYou points earned with cards like the Citi Prestige — but you might want to think twice before using it. Members will now be able to shop with an app called “Wonder,” which allows you to purchase digital gift cards with ThankYou points. As usual with gift card redemptions, the value…

My Credit Card Inventory: Which To Keep and Which to Cancel?

A new year presents new opportunities to maximize your travel strategy. That’s why, around the start of each year, I take inventory of my portfolio of credit cards and weigh the benefits of each. That helps me weed out the ones that aren’t providing enough value to offset their annual fees, and to decide which…

Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds eGift Cards to Redemption Options

This week, Citi announced that eGift cards will now be available for purchase through ThankYou.com, in addition to the physical gift cards that have been offered for years. Emails were sent to ThankYou Rewards members introducing the new redemption option, and several dozen eGift cards already appear on the site. Not all gift cards can be delivered electronically,…

7 Premium Travel Cards You Should Consider in 2016

You can find plenty of great travel-rewards cards with annual fees of $100 or less, but if you’re a frequent traveler, it might be worth looking at more premium cards. Though they come with fees of $395 and up, as TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains, they more than make up for those charges with airline…

Which Loyalty Programs Let You Gift Points for Free?

TPG reader Mary sent me a message on Facebook to ask about gifting points and miles: “Which programs allow you to gift or transfer rewards to friends inexpensively?” Points and miles can make a great gift for your traveling friends and famly, and most loyalty programs allow you to give rewards to other members. However, these gifts often come…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou Premier?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask for my opinion on some of the top travel rewards credit cards: “Which do you think is best, Chase Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou Premier?” Chase Sapphire…

Three European Cities (Almost Entirely) on Points and Miles

Last month, TPG Contributor Adam Erace burned a mix of miles, bonus nights and other loyalty-program and credit-card benefits for a three-city, three-country holiday in London, Istanbul and Paris — the latter, unfortunately, during the recent terror attacks. Here’s how Erace planned a luxurious European vacation with minimal cash outlay — and managed to get home amidst a city-wide emergency. Since I discovered this website two…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred back up to 50,000 points. If anything, these announcements made it clearer than ever how…

Review: The Residence on Etihad’s A380 — JFK to Abu Dhabi

Like the video you saw above? Be sure to subscribe to TPG’s YouTube channel for more fantastic in-flight footage. When I heard about Etihad’s inaugural flight from New York-JFK to Abu Dhabi on its A380, I knew I had to go — not just because I’m a fan of aviation and premium-cabin travel, but also because…

Basketball Bonanza — 30 Teams in 3 Weeks on Miles and Points

Love the NBA as much as you love a good award redemption? TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten understands. Following his Football Frenzy and Baseball Binge earlier this year, here’s his way to see a whole lot of basketball for not that many points and miles. (All arena photos are courtesy of each venue.)  If you’ve ever wanted an itinerary that would let you…