What’s Your Favorite Hotel Program for Stays in the US?

TPG Reader Carrie sent me a tweet to ask about hotel programs: @ThePointsGuy — “What’s your favorite hotel program domestically? I’m mostly a US hotel user, but want to use abroad eventually.” It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Starwood Preferred Guest. From New York to Miami to the St. Regis Princeville on Kauai, I’ve had great experiences at…

Is the Capital One Venture Rewards Card Worth Getting?

TPG reader Anna-Lena emailed me with a question about the Venture Rewards program: “Is the Capital One Venture Rewards card worth it? It sounds good (thanks to no blackout dates) — what’s the catch?” Not all travel rewards are created equal; some programs (such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest) offer incredible value…

Do Amex Centurion Lounges Require a Printed Boarding Pass?

TPG reader Ben tweeted me with a question about lounge access: @ThePointsGuy — “Do I need to print out my boarding pass to access a Centurion Lounge?” The Amex Centurion Lounges are among my favorite recent developments in the travel world. While there are still only six locations across the country — with a seventh slated to open…

Should I Use a Rewards Credit Card If It Incurs Fees?

TPG reader Chris tweeted me wondering when it makes sense to pay with a card that incurs extra fees: @ThePointsGuy — “Can you explain if/why I should use a rewards credit card that adds on a (3%) transaction fee for using the card?” You can use a credit card to pay for pretty much anything…

How Can I Redeem Miles for a Honeymoon Flight to Bora Bora?

TPG reader DJFlem tweeted me to ask about using points toward travel on his honeymoon: @ThePointsGuy — “What’s the easiest way to get to Bora Bora for cheap/free for my honeymoon using points?” Bora Bora is an exotic island paradise very popular for honeymoons. When I think of it, images of blue crystal waters, white sands and…

How Should I Redeem 30,000 Amex Points for Award Travel?

TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask about his options for using Amex Membership Rewards points for travel: “I have 30,000 points on my American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card; how should I redeem for an award flight?” The easiest option is to use Pay with Points, which gets you 1 cent per point when booking through…

Can a Non-US Citizen Get Global Entry?

A reader sent this question via Facebook about expedited security options: “Can a non-US citizen get Global Entry?” Global Entry is a must-have if you’re an international traveler, and has saved me hours and hours of waiting in line when arriving in the US. Thanks to Global Entry, I’m usually in and out of customs in…

What’s Your Favorite Aircraft and Why?

TPG reader Joseph tweeted me with a more personal question: “@ThePointsGuy — “What’s your favorite aircraft and why?” I’ve been a Boeing 747 guy my whole life. I think they’re majestic, and the whole upper deck aspect is very visually appealing to me. I flew the new 747-8 on Lufthansa in the very nose of…

When Should I Sign Up for a Delta Sky Club Membership?

TPG reader @Pottsburg tweeted me to ask about paying for Delta Sky Club access: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m thinking about getting a Sky Club membership. Should I wait for a discount at the end of the year?” Sky Club membership doesn’t run on a calendar year; it’s 12 months from the date you sign up, so it…

What Should I Do with Points from a Deceased Relative?

TPG reader @OogbieBoogie tweeted me to ask about rewards left behind by a loved one: @ThePointsGuy — “My father-in-law passed away. He has 46,000 Southwest points; Is it worth spending $460 to transfer them to one of our accounts?” First, please let me offer my condolences. Dealing with death is not an easy thing — and unfortunately, airlines don’t…