Sapphire Preferred or Amex Premier Rewards Gold for Dining?

TPG reader Thomas tweeted me about using credit cards for dining: @thepointsguy – “Since both Amex Premier Rewards Gold and Chase Sapphire Preferred now offer 2x points on dining, which card are you using for that category?” In June, American Express amped up rewards on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, adding 2x points on dining to…

What’s the Best Hotel Upgrade You’ve Ever Received?

TPG reader Sara messaged me to ask about my experience with hotel upgrades: “What’s the best suite you’ve ever received as a complimentary upgrade? I got upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton San Diego last week, and was wondering if you’ve had similar upgrades in the past?” I’ve had elite status from many…

Do Delta Elites Get Perks on Virgin Atlantic Flights?

TPG reader Alex tweeted me to ask about Delta Medallions flying on Virgin Atlantic: @thepointsguy – “I have Delta Platinum Medallion status and have to fly Virgin Atlantic. Will any of my elite perks apply?” A couple years ago, Delta announced it was buying a minority stake in Virgin Atlantic, which was great news for anyone you has a lot…

What Are the Benefits of Having Two Premium Credit Cards?

TPG reader Kyle messaged me to ask about credit cards with high annual fees: “When, if ever, does it make sense to have two premium credit cards? I have the Citi Prestige, so I get lounge access minus the Centurion lounges. Should I also get the AAdvantage Executive MasterCard even if I have to spend…

Do Award Cancellation Benefits Change With AA Elite Status?

TPG reader Liam tweeted me to ask about when AAdvantage elite benefits become available: @thepointsguy – “Can I book AA award travel as a Platinum elite member, then use privileges to cancel and reinstate miles when I become Executive Platinum?” Over the years, the airlines have eroded elite status by doing things like making lower-tier elites…

How Can I Use My AAdvantage Miles to Fly to Jamaica?

TPG reader Sherry tweeted me to ask about using AAdvantage miles: @thepointsguy – “I have about 100,000 American Airlines miles expiring next year and I’d like to book a trip to Jamaica for my family. When I call AA to book, they are very unhelpful. What should I do?” Sherry, this is a great example of…

Should I Fly to Europe on a Low-Cost Carrier Like WOW Air?

TPG reader Kendal asked me about ways to save on flights to Europe this summer: “Should I book a cheap flight to Europe this summer on WOW Air or Norwegian? Do you think it’s worth suffering through these airlines, or should I shell out the extra cash and fly United instead?” I’m all about a good deal, and…

Will AA Offer Upgrade or Business Award Space on LAX-SYD?

TPG reader Kyle messaged me to ask about upgrades on American Airlines: “Do you think there will be a lot of upgrade availability on the the new American LAX-SYD route once it opens?” American Airlines recently announced that it will fly nonstop between Los Angeles and Sydney starting in December, 2015. While the new service is a welcome…

What Are the Best Rewards Hotel Options in Jerusalem?

TPG reader Daniel tweeted me to ask about finding a hotel in Jerusalem: @thepointsguy – “Do you have any rewards hotel recommendations in Jerusalem? I can only see Waldorf/Hilton and Crowne/IHG.” I’ve never been to Israel, but I really would like to visit in the future. There are plenty of options in Tel Aviv, but your…

Do Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Get Free TSA PreCheck?

TPG reader Sarah tweeted me to ask about TSA PreCheck: @thepointsguy – “Do Delta Reserve Amex holders get free TSA PreCheck? I’ve been selected twice and I never signed up.” Happy Sunday everyone! I’m coming to you this week from steamy Madrid. It’s over 100 degrees here, but I won’t let the heat stop me from enjoying one of…