Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Starwood Announces New Platinum Elite Choice Benefits

Earlier this month, Starwood Preferred Guest announced that a new selection of benefits was coming for 50-night Platinum elites. Those members currently receive 10 Suite Night awards for reaching the 50-night threshold; however, the new selection has been revealed, and as of March 9th, SPG members who stay 50 nights a year will have their choice of the following: 10…

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards Questions (and Answers)

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele answers 8 questions about travel rewards credit cards that seem to always be on the minds of TPG readers (and in the TPG email inbox). Those of us who have been playing the points and miles game for a while tend to take travel rewards cards for…

American Express 20% Transfer Bonus to AeroMexico

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and Premier Rewards Gold card, as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 20% bonus on transfers to AeroMexico now through March 6, 2015. Normally Membership Rewards points transfer to AeroMexico Club Premier at a 1:1 ratio, so if you transfer 1,000 points, you end up with 1,000 Club Premier…

Is There an Amex Centurion Lounge in Every Airport?

TPG reader Marlon tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy—I’ve been thinking of getting the Platinum Card from American Express. Is there a Centurion Lounge in every airport?” Well, don’t we all wish! The Amex Centurion Lounges are amazing; however, there are currently only four full-fledged Centurion Lounges: at New York LaGuardia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, and San…

Amex and Costco to End Exclusive Relationship, Date Others

After a sixteen year run, American Express and Costco will end their exclusive relationship. Effective March 31, 2016, American Express cards will no longer be accepted at Costco, effectively ending Amex’s monopoly on Costco credit transactions. This will also spell the end of the co-branded TrueEarnings Card and the corresponding business version, though they’re still available for the time…

What’s It Like to Fly by Private Aircraft?

If you’ve been spending time lately flying without enough legroom or waiting in epic TSA lines, you may be wondering if there are other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent (and pilot) Jason Steele discusses the world of private aviation. Perhaps you’ve noticed a few small, private jets at your local airport, across the ramp from…

Gogo WiFi Passes for Amex Business Platinum Cardholders

Back in December of 2014 I wrote about an announcement from American Express that Amex Business Platinum cardholders would receive 10 complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi passes annually starting in 2015. These passes, which are now available, can be used to access internet on any Gogo-equipped flight segment, regardless of the flight length and whether it’s domestic or international. This is in addition to the…

US Airways Companion Certificates: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced, and so much more, all made possible by points and…

Which Is Better: Chase Ritz-Carlton or Amex Platinum Card?

Many people have reported being targeted for the 100,000 point offer for The Platinum Card from American Express through the CardMatch Tool. Be sure to check for yourself to see what offers are available to you (there is no credit check)! TPG reader @AGlobalAffair tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “How would you rate the benefits of…