How Much Do Point Valuations Influence Which Card You Use?

TPG reader Derek emailed me to ask about earning points: “I have the Starwood Amex and Chase Freedom Unlimited, and am trying to decide whether to keep the Starwood card in my portfolio. Starpoints are worth the most in your valuations, but is the Freedom Unlimited card more valuable since it earns more points per dollar spent?” Each month, I…

How My Chase Sapphire Reserve Sign-Up Bonus Got Me a First-Class Ticket Home From Bali

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve In August of last year, the St. Regis Maldives had a pricing fluke where overwater bungalows cost only 32,500 Starpoints a night. So, I booked a five-night stay (for 26,000 points per night since you get the fifth night…

The Top 6 Cash-Back Cards for 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Reserve What’s a list of cash-back cards doing on a website called The Points Guy? It’s an excellent question, and there’s an excellent answer. With airfares so low — especially for domestic premium seats — and loyalty programs being devalued…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for January 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve A new year means new opportunities to maximize the points you earn and redeem. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to put together an even stronger points strategy by taking advantage of the best rewards credit…

Points and Miles Changes to Take Advantage of Now That 2017 is Underway

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve We’re now officially into the first day of 2017 and, as always, a new year means change. Change can be both good and bad, and while we’ve got a little of both this year in the award travel space,…

Avoiding an Overnight Weather Delay — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

The Points Guy Team’s Best Airline Redemptions of 2016

At The Points Guy, we pride ourselves on helping readers maximize their miles for the redemptions they need to fulfill their travel goals. But we also like to put our miles where our mouths are… and put that expertise to use checking out the latest airline cabins, hotel rooms and more as we travel the…

Can I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Book Any Hotel?

TPG reader Tracy sent me a message on Facebook to ask about booking hotels: “Is there a way to use Ultimate Rewards points for a hotel that doesn’t show up on the Chase travel portal?” I generally maximize my Ultimate Rewards points by transferring them to airline and hotel partners, but you can also get decent value by redeeming directly with Chase….

All the Ways to Redeem Points and Miles for Amazon Purchases

Redeeming points or miles for merchandise won’t give you the highest value, at least not mathematically speaking. That being said, you should ultimately use your travel rewards for what makes you happy. Everyone can find something they want or need on Amazon, and you can get it in two days or less if you’re an Amazon Prime…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2016

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve Every month, I compile a handy list of the top current travel rewards credit card offers. The list changes month to month based on the credit cards currently available as well as other relevant news. Rather than…