How Do I Use Avios for American Airlines Domestic Flights?

TPG reader John messaged me to ask about redeeming British Airways Avios: “I tried to check availability for flights within the United States using Avios on American Airlines, but I keep getting messages that British Airways has no flights between these cities (e.g., Newark-Los Angeles). What am I doing wrong?” I’ve gotten this question many…

What Is the Best Rewards Credit Card with No Annual Fee?

TPG reader Kupta messaged me to ask about finding a suitable travel rewards card: “What credit card would you recommend that earns rewards but has no annual fee? I usually only spend about $500 a month on my card, so I’d prefer one that won’t cost me anything.” Whereas I completely understand why Kupta wants a…

Why Is the Service in Hotel Club Lounges Declining?

TPG reader Wes tweeted me with this question about hotel club lounges: @thepointsguy– “Have you noticed that many hotel club lounges in the US have been declining in their food and beverage offerings? What’s up with that?” To tell you the truth, Wes, I haven’t really noticed a decline in the US, maybe because I’ve…

Should I Earn Delta Platinum for the Award Redeposit Waiver?

TPG reader Andrew messaged me with a question about Delta elite status: “Is it worth going for Delta Platinum Medallion over Delta Gold Medallion solely for the award redeposit waiver?” The simple answer to this question is yes if you plan on booking lots of awards. Delta gets a bad rap for charging a lot of…

How Can I Use Chase Rewards Points to Fly on American?

TPG reader Kareem tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card but I want to redeem for American Airlines. What are my options?” If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, meaning you have a bank of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you have two main options if you want…

How Can I Get to Hawaii with 52,000 Citi ThankYou Points?

TPG reader Charles tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have 52k Citi ThankYou points earned from my Citi Prestige card. What’s the best strategy for using them to go to Hawaii in July?” One of the best perks of the Citi Prestige card is the $250 you get toward airfare each year, which you can use toward…

Is Getting the Wyndham Rewards Visa Worth It?

TPG reader Sarah messaged me to ask: “What are your thoughts on the Wyndham Rewards Visa card with the increased 45,000 sign-up bonus? Is it worth it to get even though it has a $69 annual fee?” Wyndham Rewards recently shook up the industry with a new redemption strategy: Wyndham redemptions are now just 15,000 points…

How Can I Combine Points from Two Hyatt Gold Passport Accounts?

TPG reader Donna tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Hyatt Diamond member and my sister wanted to give me 12,000 points from her account. Is it easy for her to do so?” Hyatt actually makes it really easy to combine points. You can do the points transfer for free; you just have to fill…

Should I Use Sapphire Preferred or Citi ThankYou For Travel?

Recently, TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy —”Which card would you recommend using for travel expenses: the Chase Sapphire Preferred card or the Citi Thank You Premier card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of the top travel credit cards for a while now, as you can earn 2X points on…