How Do I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit?

TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask “I just got the American Express Platinum card through CardMatch, but was wondering how to maximize the airline credit. Can I purchase tickets or use it for award taxes and fees?” First off, congrats on getting your card through CardMatch. Hopefully you got an increased bonus offer like…

Is TSA Precheck Better than the First Class Security Line?

TPG reader Cameron tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “If I have access to both the first class priority and TSA Precheck security lines, which is usually better?” I love TSA Precheck. I’ve had it for several years now, and even though some airports are bad at policing the line and TSA often allows random…

Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

8 Reasons Why I Love Singapore Airlines First Class

As I took off on my whirlwind trip to Seoul and China, I got to experience one of the most sought-after experiences in the skies: Singapore Airlines first class on its Boeing 777-300ER. Last week I joked that US airlines were better, but in reality flying Singapore First Class is a truly exceptional experience. Here are the eight things that…

Fun Summer Trips for Budget-Conscious Travelers

As soon as that summer sunshine hits, everyone seems to crave a getaway, so it can often be hard to find good deals. High-season around most of the U.S. and Europe means higher prices, but TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some destinations that won’t break the bank. For the Carefree and Spirited Adventurer: A U.S. Road Trip…

Do Annual Fees Count Toward Earning a Sign-up Bonus?

TPG reader Krysta tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Does the $450 Amex Platinum annual fee count towards the $3,000 you need to spend within the first three months?” This is a great question that I’m asked frequently, and the answer is applicable to almost every credit card and annual fee out there. The Platinum…

Southwest Companion Pass: Travel Rewards Winner

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he announces the winner of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Last month, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 tournament, and over the last few weeks, thousands of TPG readers have weighed in on which travel reward is most valuable (see full analysis and…

Getting VIP Celebrity Access With Amex Platinum

I’ve been an American Express Platinum cardmember for years and love the great perks that come along with it – most notably access to Centurion Lounges, the Fine Hotels & Resorts program which includes properties like the St. Regis Bali and the annual $200 airline fee credit. There are still a bunch of other benefits that I…

Want Expedited Security? Time To Join TSA Precheck, Global Entry or CLEAR

There are currently one million Americans enrolled in TSA Precheck, so the program is making some changes that affect frequent flyers. If you’re a loyal customer of a domestic frequent flyer program and have opted in for the TSA Precheck lane through your program, it’s possible that you’ve already been notified by email that you’ll see a decline in how often you…