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…

Can I Change Flights Booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards?

Through December 31st of this year, Chase will give you one extra Ultimate Rewards point per dollar spent on flights (and other qualifying travel expenses) when you book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. That’s in addition to the 2 points per dollar that you get for travel purchases on your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. The bonus has…

Are Amex Centurion Lounges Worth a Detour?

TPG reader Ian writes via twitter: @thepointsguy — “is it worth going out of your way to get to a Centurion Lounge?” The state of domestic airline lounges isn’t all that great. While a lot of airlines are upgrading lounges, they’ve also increased the cost of admission, as well as prices for premium drinks and food. However,…