Will the AAdvantage Aviator Card Have a Sign-Up Bonus?

TPG reader Treavor had this question: “I got the US Airways MasterCard for the sign-up bonus, but I never fly US Airways/American – only United and Delta. Should I get rid of the card before it switches over to the Aviator Silver so that I can get a sign-up bonus for the Aviator cards when they finally have…

Which Credit Cards Are Most Useful for a Summer Road Trip

TPG readers Melissa & Augustine asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “We’re taking a road trip and are wondering what the best credit cards are to use for last-minute hotels and similar expenses. We already have the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Amex Platinum; what other cards should we get?” With gas prices really low, I…

Should I Give My Loyalty to American Instead of Delta?

TPG reader Darcy asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “I’m based in the Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale area and I currently have over 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Should I go ahead and use those miles since I’m now based in Miami, or should I hold on to them and continue to earn more with my Amex Delta…

How Can We Maximize Points and Miles for Our Honeymoon?

TPG readers Zach & Lindsay asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “Where should we go on our honeymoon? We have a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American AAdvantage miles (from our hub in Miami), and our hotel loyalty programs are Hyatt and Starwood. We’d like a little bit of culture, beach and…

Is Delta’s E Fare Class Driving Medallion Members Away?

TPG reader Anette asked me at a recent TPG reader meetup: “My question is regarding the new Delta E Fare Class that’s meant to compete with Spirit Airlines. Those of us who travel for work are often forced to book through our company and can’t select our fare class. Do you feel that is driving a lot of Medallion…

Can I Use Miles to Upgrade an Award Ticket on United?

TPG reader Dave tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”Is it possible to use miles on United to upgrade to first class for a ticket that was booked using miles?” I often get asked this question in one form or another. With pretty much all airlines, if you redeem miles for an award ticket in economy, you…

Is Amex Platinum Worth It If I’m Not Near Centurion Lounges?

TPG reader Mel tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth replacing my Citi Prestige card with an American Express Platinum Card if I typically fly out of Newark, which does not have a Centurion lounge? Are there any other benefits I should consider?” Unfortunately, there is no Centurion Lounge at Newark (EWR), and the…

Are US Airways Companion Tickets Valid After the Merger?

TPG reader Kent tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “Are US Airways companion tickets still valid after the AA/US Airways merger is fully completed?” This weekend, American Airlines and US Airways are finally merging frequent flyer mile programs. There are lots of changes coming, but the most frequent question I’ve been getting is about the…

Can I Use My Household Income on a Credit Card Application?

TPG reader Alan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “When applying for a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, can my wife and I both apply so it shows our combined income?”  When you apply for a credit card, the card is either for you or your wife, so the answer would be no. However, you can…

Should I Earn Points or Miles with Marriott Rewards?

TPG reader Andrew tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I am signing up for Marriott Rewards; should I set my earning preference for points or airline miles?” If you set your account to earn Marriott Rewards points, you’ll earn about 10 points per dollar spent at most Marriott brands. I value Marriott points at about 0.7 cents apiece…