Should I Upgrade from Gold Delta Amex to Delta Reserve Card?

TPG reader Rob sent me this question on Facebook: “I’m currently a Delta Diamond Medallion member with a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. I’m trying to determine whether upgrading to the Delta Reserve Credit Card is worth the additional $350. I’ve asked dozens of people and received as many different opinions. What do you think?” My answer to…

Premier Rewards Gold, SPG Amex, or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Maxwell emailed me to ask: “I currently have the SPG Amex credit card and use that for my daily spending. Did I make the right decision in picking this card over the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the new Amex Gold that earns double points on dining plus a $100 airline credit?” This past month,…

Will United Follow Delta’s Lead and Devalue Miles Again?

TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”We’ve seen Delta devalue SkyMiles lately, should I be concerned as a United 1K flyer that United will follow?” Jason asks a very valid question, considering that United mimics pretty much everything Delta does. When Delta announced plans for a revenue-based program, United basically copied and pasted the entire plan. United went…

Which Purchases Count as Travel on Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Nik tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I’m taking my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to Japan in April. Does the whole trip count as travel for double points since it’s overseas?” Nik, heading to Japan in April will be a great trip. I was just there recently and had a wonderful time, and so will…

Are Airlines Liable When WiFi Doesn’t Work During Flights?

TPG reader Ben tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Is United liable for its WiFi not working when it was promised on the flight?” As someone who travels frequently, I know how annoying it can be to board a flight that you think has WiFi, only to discover once you’re in the air that the connection doesn’t work. I’ve experienced this many times,…

Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons: Which Hotels Are Better?

TPG reader Whitney tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “If you had to choose between Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels, which would you pick?” I won’t lie, I like staying at fancy hotels. I’ve stayed at some really nice Four Seasons properties; in fact, I absolutely love the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest. Aside from specific…

Which Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Your Favorites Now?

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”If you were to start from scratch, what credit cards would you carry and why?” I currently have 24 credit cards, and narrowing them down is difficult, but there are really six cards I just can’t live without and would recommend starting with. 1. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card …

Can I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Amex Points?

TPG reader Kim sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Can I earn miles on flights booked with Amex points?” The answer to this question is maybe; it depends on how you use your points. If you use the Pay With Points option, where Amex basically buys your ticket and you get about one cent per…

Do Hotels Know if I Earned Elite Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Zach tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can a hotel tell if I got my status from stays vs. a credit card? Will they treat me differently if I got status through a credit card?” Earning elite status is getting easier in general, because it’s often included as a benefit on co-branded credit cards. Status earned…

Is Ritz-Carlton Club Level Worth an Upgrade?

TPG reader Katherine messaged me to ask: “My husband and I are headed to the Ritz in St. Thomas for a week on Marriott points. Do you have any thoughts on whether an upgrade to the club level is worthwhile there? I was told it would cost $150 per day, per person. Thanks!” The Ritz-Carlton Club…