When Should I Apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Card TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is it worth signing up for the United MileagePlus Explorer card now?” Right now the United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase is offering a sign-up bonus of 30,000 miles…

Where Can I Use the IHG Rewards Club Card Free Night?

TPG reader Blake sent me this question: “Is the annual free night benefit from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card valid for any category property?” A big trend these days with credit cards is to offer anniversary bonuses. Usually these bonuses kick in after you have to start paying the annual fee, and are an easy way…

Should I Earn AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles or Points?

TPG reader Max had this question about earning status on American Airlines: “What’s the difference between American elite-qualifying miles versus points?” The recent merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into American Airlines AAdvantage has created a lot of changes for flyers, including how elite upgrades work. There are no more freebies for Silver, Gold and Platinum Dividend…

How Do I Survive a Ryanair Flight?

TPG reader Clayton tweeted me to ask about flying on Ryanair: @thepointsguy – “I’m thinking of flying Ryanair within Europe this summer and was wondering if it’s worth it despite all the bad things I’ve read?” 2015 is poised to be the summer of Europe. With the euro trading relatively close to the dollar and new…

Can I Transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to Lufthansa?

TPG reader Maria had this question for me: “Can I transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Lufthansa? They have an incredible deal with flights to Europe in business class for 55,000 miles.” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Amex points do not transfer to Lufthansa. However, you can book Lufthansa flights by transferring points to one of the three…

Will the AAdvantage Aviator Card Have a Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Treavor had this question: “I got the US Airways MasterCard for the sign-up bonus, but I never fly US Airways/American – only United and Delta. Should I get rid of the card before it switches over to the Aviator Silver so that I can get a sign-up bonus for the Aviator cards when they finally have…

Which Credit Cards Are Most Useful for a Summer Road Trip

TPG readers Melissa & Augustine asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “We’re taking a road trip and are wondering what the best credit cards are to use for last-minute hotels and similar expenses. We already have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Amex Platinum; what other cards should we get?” With gas prices really low, I…

Should I Give My Loyalty to American Instead of Delta?

TPG reader Darcy asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “I’m based in the Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale area and I currently have over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Should I go ahead and use those miles since I’m now based in Miami, or should I hold on to them and continue to earn more with my Amex Delta…

How Can We Maximize Points and Miles for Our Honeymoon?

TPG readers Zach & Lindsay asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “Where should we go on our honeymoon? We have a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American AAdvantage miles (from our hub in Miami), and our hotel loyalty programs are Hyatt and Starwood. We’d like a little bit of culture, beach and…

Is Delta’s E Fare Class Driving Medallion Members Away?

TPG reader Anette asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “My question is regarding the new Delta E Fare Class that’s meant to compete with Spirit Airlines. Those of us who travel for work are often forced to book through our company and can’t select our fare class. Do you feel that is driving a lot of Medallion…