Do Delta & SPG Crossover Rewards Count Toward Elite Status?

TPG Reader Emir messaged me to ask: “I know that points transferred from Amex Rewards do not count toward Delta elite status; what about points earned from SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards?” Amex points transferred to Delta do not count toward Medallion elite status, as Emir mentioned. However, about a year and a half ago, Delta…

Can My Fiancé and I Pool Our Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

TPG reader Vish sent me a message on Facebook asking: “I’ve just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and my fiancé is applying for a Chase Freedom. I’m getting conflicting answers from Chase about whether we can transfer and combine points. Can you help?” Chase has become much stricter about combining points this past year. A few years…

How Do You Estimate Travel Time from Lounge to Gate?

TPG reader Precia tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I’m new to lounges; how do you make sure you get from the lounge to your gate in time for your flight?” This question hits home for me because I often fly out of New York, and the Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport is located before security,…

Which Credit Card Is Best for Avid Shoppers?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Ink Plus TPG reader Katie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I do a lot of shopping, so what other credit card(s) should I get?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my favorite…

How Do I Book Partner Airline Award Flights with BA Avios?

TPG reader Josh emailed me to ask: “I have an impossible time booking British Airways Avios award flights, as I’m usually looking for flights on their partner airlines. Do you have any tips?” British Airways Avios can be incredibly valuable if you know how to use them. Using the British Airways website is all part of…

Should I Use My Delta Amex Card to Avoid MQD Requirements?

TPG reader Harrison tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With the increased Delta MQD requirements, do you think it’s a good idea to spend $25,000 on a Delta Amex card for the waiver?” In 2014, both United and Delta added a revenue requirement to elite status qualification, meaning that  customers would have to spend a certain amount…

Should I Use Amex Pay With Points or Transfer to Partners?

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “How do I determine whether it’s better to use the Pay with Points option or transfer my Amex Membership Rewards points to a frequent flyer program?” I love Amex Membership Rewards points, and I use them almost exclusively for transfers to airline partners, because that’s where I can get…

What Credit Card Should I Get for Award Flights to England?

TPG reader Kerry emailed me to ask: “I’m off to England next summer and would love to know what credit card is best to cover the flights. Thanks!” This is a pretty broad question, and the answer depends on factors like where you live, and whether you want to fly Economy class or Business/First class. Without knowing…

How Can I Earn Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints Quickly?

TPG reader Roy emailed me to ask: “The 3:1 transfer ratio of American Express Membership Reward points to Starwood Preferred Guest points is not attractive, but I really need some SPG points soon. Do you have any strategies for quickly earning SPG points?” First off, I agree with Roy, the 3:1 transfer ratio of Amex Membership Rewards to…

If I Cancel My Chase Card, What Should I Do with My Points?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus TPG reader Paul tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m about to cancel my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Do you have any recommendations on where to transfer and store my Ultimate Rewards points?” If you cancel a credit card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards or…