Which Cards Offer Lounge Access to Secondary Cardholders?

TPG reader Tom wrote in to ask about using a partner’s lounge access even when traveling alone: “Are there any credit cards that allow a secondary cardholder to access lounges for no charge when the primary cardholder is not present?” The short answer? No — at least none that do it for free. Credit card…

What Was the First Travel Credit Card You Ever Had?

TPG reader Michelle asked me a fun question: “What was the first travel credit card you had? I was just curious how you started out understanding how to maximize rewards with cards, and I wanted to know what was your first card and why.” I had to think about this one for a bit, but I…

Is the Marriott Rewards Premier 80,000-Point Bonus Worth it?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card TPG Reader Enrique wrote in to ask about one of the latest sign-up bonus offers: “Is the Marriott Rewards Premier card with an 80,000-point bonus worth getting?” Marriott recently released a limited-time increased sign-up bonus offer for the…

Do I Earn Hotel Points for Booking Through Ultimate Rewards?

TPG reader Brent tweeted me to ask about earning rewards when booking through Chase Ultimate Rewards: @thepointsguy — “Is it correct that I will earn airline miles for flights booked on Chase Ultimate Rewards, but I won’t earn hotel points?” There are a lot of different ways to redeem your points and miles, and if you have a…

Which Card is Best to Avoid Travel Blackout Dates?

TPG reader Christina tweeted me to ask about how to avoid blackout dates with travel rewards: @thepointsguy — “Your thoughts please: I want a card that lets me use points anytime with no blackouts. Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture?” Flexibility is key these days; with airlines and hotels changing the rules, you need to have points…

Can I Pay for Delta Tickets with SkyMiles and Cash?

TPG reader William wrote in with a question about Delta SkyMiles: “There used to be an option to redeem Delta SkyMiles and cash to book a ticket. Did they take that option away? It would be nice to use some miles and pay for the rest on my Amex card.” There’s no doubt Delta has been…

What’s the Best Card for Earning AAdvantage Miles?

TPG reader Michel tweeted me to ask about the best credit for earning American Airlines miles: @thepointsguy — “Which card is better to earn AAdvantage miles: Barclaycard Aviator Silver or Starwood Amex? (I don’t fly enough to earn Elite status.)” As with many cards, it depends on how you spend your money. The Barclaycard Aviator Silver earns 3 AAdvantage miles…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well. TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to…

Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi ThankYou Premier Card TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one…

Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…