Do I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Citi ThankYou Points?

TPG reader Kevin tweeted me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou points: @thepointsguy – “If I’m redeeming Citi ThankYou points with the Citi Prestige card, does that count as a revenue ticket?” Fortunately, the answer is yes! Flights booked through the Citi ThankYou Travel Center using points from the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou…

What Are Your Tips for Avoiding Jet Lag?

TPG reader MacKenzie tweeted me to ask about how to deal with jet lag: @thepointsguy – “Do you have any suggestions for avoiding jet lag? I’ve been to Europe several times the past few months and it kills me every time.” In my experience you can’t completely avoid jet lag, but as I travel around the…

Should I Upgrade to Delta Comfort+ Between NYC & Chicago?

TPG reader Craig tweeted me to ask a question about Delta Comfort+: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth the $29 to upgrade from Economy to Delta Comfort+ from NYC to Chicago?” If you’re trying to save money, then no. It’s a short flight, so if you aren’t very tall, just bring your own entertainment and don’t bother with the…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…

Should I Get the SPG Amex or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card?

TPG reader Thomas messaged me to ask for my help choosing between two travel rewards cards: “I currently have the Amex Platinum card for access to Delta and Centurion lounges, but am not getting the most value from my spending. I was thinking of getting either the SPG Amex or Chase Sapphire Preferred; which would you recommend?”…

How Can I Earn SPG Gold Status Without Hotel Stays?

TPG reader Mark sent me a message to ask about hotel elite status: “I’m currently Hilton Gold, but am thinking of switching over to Starwood. What’s the easiest way to get SPG Gold status without the 25 nights/10 stays?” The easiest way is to get the Platinum Card from American Express, which offers SPG Gold status as a…

Which Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer Partner Is Best?

TPG reader DJ tweeted me to ask a question about Citi Transfer partners: @thepointsguy– “I recently got the Citi ThankYou Premier card with the 50k bonus. What is the best Citi transfer partner in your opinion?” One of the hottest credit cards on the market right now is the Citi ThankYou Premier card. I recently…

Do Delta Elites Get Upgrades on Transcontinental Flights?

TPG reader Alyssa messaged me to ask about Delta upgrades: “What’s the deal with Delta upgrades on transcontinental flights? Do Diamond or Platinum Medallions get upgraded anymore?” Sadly, the official answer is no. As of December 2013, Delta no longer offers complimentary upgrades to Diamond or Platinum Medallion members on premium transcontinental Delta One flights. I typically…

Should I Get the Discover It Card for Cash Back?

TPG reader Zach messaged me to ask about cash-back credit cards: “Should I sign-up for the Discover It card since it has a new offer?”  I don’t talk a lot about Discover cards because generally cash back isn’t my main priority. I prefer to earn points and miles to redeem for airfare and hotels instead…

Is the SPG Amex Worth Getting with the Increased Annual Fee?

TPG reader Ricardo tweeted me to ask about the Starwood Amex: @thepointsguy– “With the increased annual fee of $95 on the SPG Amex, do you think the card is still worthwhile?” I hate an annual fee increase just as much as the next points maximizer, but added benefits take the sting out of it. SPG…