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Can You Book Southwest Award Tickets and Change Dates After The March 31st Devaluation And Still Retain The Same Pre-Devalued Rate?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Cynthia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy – Regarding the Southwest devaluation: since Southwest doesn’t have change fees, could I buy award tickets now and change dates later to get a better rate?  Or will I end up paying the higher post devaluation fee anyway?” Sadly, 2014 is the year of the […]

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Can You Prevent US Airways Miles From Expiring By Flying On American?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Faryn has some US Airway miles expiring soon, but is wondering if flying on American Airlines is enough to keep them active. Here was her question: “I have some US Airways miles that are set to expire in April. I am flying American this weekend. Will that prevent my US Airways miles from […]

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Can The Delta Suntrust Card Be Used To Pay Taxes For Yourself and For Friends/Family Members?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Lawrence is wondering if he can use his Delta Suntrust debit card to pay his taxes and earn one mile per dollar spent. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy: Can I use my Delta suntrust debit cards to pay taxes for my parents/inlaws/brotherinlaw etc? Or only for me? #bigtaxbillscoming” It’s getting to be that […]

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What’s The Best Travel Rewards Credit Card For Someone Young Without Great Credit?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Cliff is young and doesn’t have great credit, and he emailed to ask what reward credit card options he has: “I’m young and don’t have great credit. Are there airline credit cards designed for people like me?” Having good credit is essential if you want to be able to apply for several credit […]

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Can You Still Get The Benefits of the United Club Card Even If You Don’t Use It To Purchase Tickets?

February 9, 2014

Airline credit cards come with lots of great perks, but many folks don’t know exactly what they’re entitled to. TPG reader Cuong tweeted me and asked if it’s necessary to use his United Club Card to purchase the airline ticket in order to get the card’s benefits when traveling. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy, Is […]

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With the American Airlines Merger Can US Airways Miles Be Used On Air Tahiti Nui Yet?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask if it was possible yet to use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui because of the airline’s merger with American. Here was his question: “Can we use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui yet? Or do you think that will only happen when US Airway miles […]

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Can I Get The 100,000 Mile Citi AAdvantage Credit Card If I Already Have Another Citi Card?

February 2, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard is no longer available. View the current offer here.  With so many great Citi AAdvantage credit card offers available at the moment including 50,000-mile bonuses on the Platinum Select Mastercard and 100,000 miles for the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, TPG reader Phillip wants to be […]

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How Much Value Can I Really Get Out Of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Benefits?

February 2, 2014

TPG reader Mary had a question about one of the Platinum Card from American Express’s major benefits, the Fine Hotels & Resorts booking site: “In all the hubbaloo about the American Express Platinum downgrades, people are mentioning FHR as a major benefit. However, I’ve never bothered to use this, as it doesn’t seem to offer […]

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What Is The Best Travel Credit Card For a London-Based Expat?

February 2, 2014

TPG reader Jeff is moving from Chicago to London and thinking of switching loyalty from United to another airline and is wondering what his best credit card options are: “My wife and I are relocating from Chicago to London for two years (work rotation). I currently travel for work in the US and have platinum […]

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Does It Make Sense to Cancel A Credit Card with No Annual Fee?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Clayton tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: Is there ever a reason to cancel a card with no annual fee? I have a Macy’s card I used in the past, but now sits in a drawer.” The largest factor in having a high credit score is paying off your balances on time. But there […]

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Can Married Couples Have Separate American Express Bluebird Accounts?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Eric asked me a question about Amex Bluebird via Facebook: “Can my wife and I have separate Bluebird accounts and purchase separate Vanilla Reloads?” I’ve written a lot about the Amex Bluebird, which is a checking/debit account alternative that you can fund with Vanilla Reloads – prepaid cards that you can purchase at […]

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Can You Double Dip on Points By Using Gift Certificates and Online Shopping Portals?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Ruth sent me a question on Facebook about maximizing points with online shopping: “Hi Points Guy, I have a question about double dipping in the AAdvantage shopping portal. If I go to gift certificates.com and buy a $100 cert at a store that is also on the portal, can one then turn around […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card For Airline Employees To Get?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Jennifer works for an airline, and is wondering what the best travel credit card to get is in her situation: “Hi Mr. Points Guy, I was wondering if I could ask your advice on the best credit card for airline employees? This is a challenge, because generally, we do not use points for […]

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Will Credit Card Companies Flag $60k A Year In Purchases When My Annual Income Is $95k?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Andrew emailed asking about the Amex Bluebird: “I signed up for a Bluebird account last year in Q4 and have been maxing out the $5k spend per month on Vanilla Reloads at CVS.  Here are my two questions: 1) My yearly Vanilla Reload spend on the one credit card (the one that provides […]

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Can You Use British Airways Avios For US Airways Flights?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to ask the following: “Can you use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights?” Recently American Airlines and US Airways announced that you be able to redeem frequent flyer miles in each others programs. So, TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to find out […]

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How Soon Will I See My Chase Sapphire Preferred Annual Points Dividend?

January 12, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. TPG reader John sent me a Facebook message asking: “How quickly after the first of the year do your Chase Sapphire Preferred dividend bonus?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is […]

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Will Airlines Let Me Transfer Miles For Free For Charity?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader Paul posted the following question on my Facebook wall: “My kids’ school is doing a charity auction and I would like to offer up miles as a prize. Can I transfer miles into someone else’s account without fees?” Donating miles to charity can be one of the most fulfilling ways to put your […]

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Andaz Papagayo Standard King and Suite Review (Video)

January 7, 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I usually like to stay in Miami and throw a party with friends, but this year I decided to branch out and explore a new destination. Choosing Papagayo for New Years I toyed around with Mexico City or even Cartagena, Colombia, but I couldn’t get the […]

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Just How Much is an Airline Mile or Hotel Point Worth?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Mahon112 tweeted me to ask: “What do you consider a valuable point redemption for airline and hotel (cents per point)?” So just how much are airline miles and hotel points worth? There’s no easy answer to that question and there’s no set value, which is at the heart of what I talk about […]

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Can I Earn American Miles on an Alaska Codeshare Delta Flight?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Rox posted on my Facebook wall this week asking me: “If I’m flying on a Delta-operated Alaska Airlines flight, can I earn American AAdvantage qualifying miles?” Wouldn’t that be nice? It would essentially mean that American and Delta flyers could earn American miles on all three airlines – American, Delta and Alaska – […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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How Can I Spend The $200 Airline Reimbursement From The Amex Platinum Card Before It Expires At The End Of The Year?

December 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card, Blue Cash Everday, Blue Cash Preferred and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. TPG reader […]

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Is It Worth Paying $649 To Repurchase American Airlines Gold Status If I Didn’t Fly Enough To Retain It?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Alexis emailed me to ask about a new program American launched to help elites falling short of requalification maintain their current status: “I’m currently American Airlines Gold elite, but I didn’t fly enough to retain the status for 2014 or to qualify for buying the “Boost” option. Is it worth it, in your […]

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(Video) My Ride Along The Snowball Express and My Million Mile Donation

December 25, 2013

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure and the honor of riding along on American Airlines’ Snowball Express, a charity event that helps the children and families of our fallen military heroes and treats them to a weekend of holiday fun and wonderful memories in Dallas-Ft. Worth. I had donated the one million frequent […]

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