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…

Can I Earn Hotel Points at the Bellagio in Las Vegas?

TPG reader @Spirith20 tweeted me a question about earning points in Vegas: @ThePointsGuy — “I’ll be staying at the Bellagio soon. Any suggestions for how to earn points on the stay with a hotel partner?” Back in the day it was hard to earn hotel points in Vegas, and most people didn’t even consider that an option….

Should I Transfer Starpoints to AAdvantage for the 20% Bonus?

TPG reader @RicMansur tweeted me a question about what to do with a stack of Starpoints: @ThePointsGuy — “I’m taking a trip to Southeast Asia; should I transfer my 20,000 SPG points to American Airlines, or use them for a hotel?” Starwood Preferred Guest is the only transferable points program that transfers directly into American…

How Do I Use US Airways Companion Tickets After the Merger?

TPG reader @PaulTurec tweeted me a question about the US Airways and American Airlines merger: @ThePointsGuy — “Will my US Airways companion certificate still be good for redemption on flights after the merger is completed?” Airline mergers don’t happen overnight; it’s already been more than two years since the merger between US Airways and American Airlines…