What’s the Most Lucrative Current Credit Card Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Chris emailed me to ask: “What is the most lucrative credit card sign-up bonus offer available right now?”  There are some incredibly valuable targeted offers out there right now, but to answer this question I’m going to focus only on bonuses available to everyone. I think that right now the most lucrative sign-up bonus is the US Airways…

Can I Transfer Hyatt Points to Southwest for Companion Pass?

TPG Reader Yosef tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Can I transfer Hyatt points to Southwest to help me earn the Southwest Companion Pass?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is an amazing perk that I frequently discuss. The good news is, yes, you can transfer Hyatt points that will count toward earning the Companion Pass. However, the bad…

What’s the Best Credit Card to Earn Free Domestic Flights?

TPG reader Stacey tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What’s the best travel rewards credit card to earn free flights for domestic travel?” The answer to this question depends heavily on another: what airline(s) do you like to fly? I think the 50,000 point sign-up bonus offers on the Southwest credit cards are a great deal, and are worth over $700…

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…

Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum: Which Is Better?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred a better all-around credit card than the Amex Platinum?” There’s no single card that’s universally “better” than all others, because the value of any given credit card depends on how you use it. What you personally get out of card—points, bonuses, redemption options,…

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…

Can My Fiancé and I Pool Our Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

TPG reader Vish sent me a message on Facebook asking: “I’ve just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and my fiancé is applying for a Chase Freedom. I’m getting conflicting answers from Chase about whether we can transfer and combine points. Can you help?” Chase has become much stricter about combining points this past year. A few years…

How Do You Estimate Travel Time from Lounge to Gate?

TPG reader Precia tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I’m new to lounges; how do you make sure you get from the lounge to your gate in time for your flight?” This question hits home for me because I often fly out of New York, and the Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport is located before security,…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

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 credit cards because you get double points on all travel and dining. The travel category includes all…

How Do I Book Partner Airline Award Flights with BA Avios?

TPG reader Josh emailed me to ask: “I have an impossible time booking British Airways Avios award flights, as I’m usually looking for flights on their partner airlines. Do you have any tips?” British Airways Avios can be incredibly valuable if you know how to use them. Using the British Airways website is all part of…