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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Post-Devaluation Aeroplan Strategy – Awards, Transfer Partners and Star Alliance Comparison

April 9, 2014

2014 seems to be the year of devaluation what with bad news from Delta and United. Aeroplan was not the first nor last to announce they’d be making changes to their program, including raising business and first class award chart redemptions. As the changes to Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards program took effect earlier this year, […]

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Singapore Airlines Launches Krisflyer “Travel in Luxury” Sweepstakes

April 4, 2014

Singapore Airlines just announced a new sweepstakes for frequent flyer fans called “Travel in Luxury,” which offers a chance to win: 2 round-trip Business Class tickets from the U.S. to Singapore Connecting tickets with Singapore Airlines codeshare partner Virgin America A four-night stay at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore Running now through April 29, […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Economy Miami- Recife, Brazil

April 4, 2014

One of my closest friends, Sergio, is originally from Brazil, and for years has been talking about going to an area called Fernando de Noronha, which is an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of the mainland. He told me the area was a real hidden gem and that he had dreamed […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Tickets to the New SPG Hear The Music Series

April 3, 2014

Starwood has a strong history of weaving music into their guests experiences, including the partnership with W Hotels Global Music Director Michaelangelo L’Acqua and the release of the multiple albums including Symmetry. Today, Starwood Preferred Guest announced an interesting new music series with Live Nation Entertainment called  Hear The Music, See The World. This year-long initiative will launch June […]

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Aer Lingus Launches San Francisco – Dublin (SFO-DUB) Route – And Ideas For How To Book It

April 3, 2014

As yesterday marked the start of Aer Lingus’s non-stop flight from San Francisco to Dublin, the airline’s social media team was in a full-on frenzy promoting the new route (#DUBSFO). The airline is flying its new SFO-DUB route aboard its flagship A330-200′s, all featuring WiFi connectivity throughout the flight, as well as power outlets at every […]

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US Airways Flights Now Bookable with British Airways Avios

March 31, 2014

Today marks the first day that US Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance, and one of the more interesting results is that US Airways flights are now bookable using British Airways Avios. That’s good news because British Airways is a transfer partner of both Amex Membership Rewards (and there are sometimes transfer bonuses) if […]

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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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Is There A Way To Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Into Delta Miles?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Paris recently reached out on Twitter with an interesting question about when it might make sense to transfer Chase points to a non-transfer partner like Delta. “Is there a way to transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to non-transfer partners like Delta?” The answer is yes, but at a terrible ratio, let me explain. I […]

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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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Flying Blue Discount Promo Awards Released For June 1 – July 31, 2014

March 27, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers discounted Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as much as 50% of the miles normally needed. The program recently started releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of every month (instead of every two […]

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Amex Increases Business Platinum Sign-Up Bonus to 40,000 Points

March 24, 2014

We may be compensated for links in this post. To see a full list of the cards that we receive compensation for and an explanation of our advertising policy visit this page. While 2013 was a slow year for American Express with just a couple amazing deals interspersed throughout the year for a day here […]

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Last Day For American and US Airways Club Access For Amex Platinum Cardholders – And How To Get Access After

March 21, 2014

Back in December, American Express announced that Platinum, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs as of March 22, 2014 – which means today is the last day for all us Platinum cardmembers to crash those lounges using our card benefits, so […]

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New American Express Platinum Card Benefits – Free TSA PreCheck and Unlimited Free Boingo WiFi

March 20, 2014

Last week, Amex raised the sign-up bonus on the Platinum Card to 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, but many folks were still wondering whether that was worth it thanks to the recent diminishing of benefits of the card including the fact that it will no longer provide American and US Airways […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Series: Converting Hawaiian Miles To Hilton HHonors Points – Worth It?

March 19, 2014

This is the third post of our series on using Hawaiian Airlines for those folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Mastercard. In the first post we looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, and in the second, we examined the new card’s share miles benefit.  In this post […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Series: Pooling and Sharing Miles – Who Can Do It and How Often?

March 18, 2014

This is the second installment of a series we are doing on Hawaiian Airlines for the folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard. In the first post we looked at award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, while in this one, we take an in-depth look at […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders – Redeem ThankYou Points For 1.6 Cents Each on American and US Airways Flights

March 17, 2014

When Citi announced that the ThankYou points earned with the ThankYou Premier card would be devalued to be worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare instead of 1.33 cents apiece, a lot of readers had questions about upgrading to the Citi Prestige card. That’s because, in addition to other perks like $200 in airline credits, 2x […]

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Hawaiian Airlines Series: Award Availability on Hawaiian Airlines

March 17, 2014

This is the first installment of a series we are doing on Hawaiian Airlines for the folks who might have just signed up for the new Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Mastercards. In this post we look into award availability on Hawaiian’s Mainland routes, while in future posts we’ll be looking at how you can maximize various […]

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Can I Use My Platinum Card Global Entry Benefit To Pay For Someone Else’s Application?

March 16, 2014

TPG reader Rob tweeted me this week asking about a certain benefit of his Platinum Card from American Express: “@thepointsguy can I use my Platinum Card Global Entry benefit to pay for someone else’s application? Amex will just see a $100 charge, right?” Yes, you are 100% right. The good thing about the Global Entry […]

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Buy or Renew US Airways Club (And American Admirals Club) Membership for 5,000 Preferred Qualifying Miles

March 15, 2014

Now through May 31, 2014 when you buy or renew your US Airways Club membership (and get access to all 35 American Airlines Admirals Clubs as well), US Airways will give you 5,000 Preferred-qualifying miles. The reason you might want to consider doing this is because the Platinum Card from American Express (which just raised […]

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My New Credit Card Application Results – Four Cards 230,000 Points

March 14, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote about my Credit Card Spring Cleaning and how I decide when to keep or cancel a credit card (or to try to get a new version of a card I already have in order to score the sign-up bonus again) in anticipation of applying for multiple new points-earning cards. After I’d done […]

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American Express Platinum Card Sign-Up Bonus Increased To 40,000 Points – Is It Worth It?

March 12, 2014

The sign-up bonus on the Platinum Card from American Express has been 25,000 points for spending $2,000 in 3 months, but the bonus has just gone up to 40,000 points for spending $3,000 in 3 months, and is the highest public offer we’ve seen in a while on this card. Before you apply, just remember […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card to Maximize Points Earning On A Road Trip?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG Reader Patrick emailed me to ask about which credit card to use during a road trip: “I’m planning a cross-country road trip in May-June of this year, driving from Los Angeles to New York and back. I […]

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