Will I Get SkyClub Lounge Access When I Fly Delta?

TPG reader Tiffany tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m flying JFK-SEA on Delta over the holidays and wanted to see if I’ll have SkyClub access before my flight?” Well, without knowing anything about this trip or your situation, it’s hard to say. If you’re just flying in economy and you don’t have a credit card…

Can I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit for Gift Cards?

TPG reader Stan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What is the current 2014 success rate of getting an Amex Platinum reimbursement for purchasing airline gift cards?” One of my favorite perks of the American Express Platinum card is the annual $200 airline fee credit. Every year you get to select a different airline of your…

Should I Credit To American If I’m Already Executive Platinum?

TPG reader Brendan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’ve already re-qualified for American Executive Platinum for 2015, but still have a few trips this year, should I credit elsewhere?” December is crunch time for those of us who value airline elite status. You’ve got until December 31, 2014 to embark on a flight that will…

What’s the Best Strategy For Redeeming Family Award Tickets?

TPG reader Hung asked me on Facebook: “I’m planning a trip to Vietnam next summer with my family of four, but can’t book United award tickets for four people at the same time. When I select two people, there are many award seats available. Can I redeem points for two seats first, and then immediately redeem another…

Why Are British Airways Fuel Surcharges Still So High?

TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask: “Has anyone asked British Airways why they continue to charge those outrageous fuel surcharges when fuel costs have dropped more than 20% in the last few months? How do they continue to justify this?” There are a lot of things that don’t make sense when it comes to…

What’s the Best Way to Get Free Hotel Club Lounge Access?

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “What are some of the best ways to get club lounge access at hotels without paying for it?” We always talk about airline lounge access, but to be honest, hotel lounges can be even better, including much nicer spreads and open bars. Some of my personal favorite…

When Should I Get the SPG Amex Card to Maximize the Bonus?

TPG reader Dave tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“Is now a good time to get the SPG Amex? Does that card ever offer more than the 25,000 points sign-up bonus, or should I apply now?”  If you follow my Monthly Valuation Series, you’ll know that I think Starpoints are the most valuable loyalty currency out there. You can transfer them to…

Can I get both the US Airways MasterCard & AA MasterCard?

TPG reader Brian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“I just got the US Airways MasterCard with a 40,000 mile bonus. Can I apply for the AAdvantage Platinum MasterCard and the 50,000 bonus miles next year?” There are a lot of different credit card options available right now if you fly US Airways  or American. Among them are the Barclaycard US…

Are AAdvantage Miles Worth More than British Airways Avios?

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“I’ve always banked miles earned on British Airways to American Airlines, but am I better off earning Avios and using them for American flights?” With so many airline partners these days, you have a lot of choices when deciding which one to fly. If you fly American Airlines, for example,…

Can a Card Issuer Take Back My Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Edgar tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“Will a card issuer take back points from a sign-up bonus if I meet the spending requirement and six months later get a credit that brings me back under the threshold?”  If you earn points or miles from a purchase and then six months down the line you get a…