What Are Points & Miles Worth? April Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class New York to Paris ~$1,000

On the heels of the Los Angeles- Jakarta flights for $380 R/T on Delta this morning, per One Mile at a Time, there are some great deals on Business Class flights from New York to Paris this summer, available for under $1,000 when booking for two people by applying the AARP discount ($400 off) as well as a…

My Decision on which Credit Cards to Keep vs. Cancel

Each year I like to take inventory of my credit card portfolio by weighing the benefits of each card and weeding out the ones that aren’t providing enough value. There’s no shortage of new sign-up bonuses to earn, like the recently extended offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or the big targeted offers for the Amex…

Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore Europe

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Europe. Over the last few months, TPG Senior Points & Miles contributor Jason Steele and I have…

Using Avios for Short-haul Flights from Oneworld Hubs

British Airways Avios have long been valued for short-haul redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how much value you can expect to get by redeeming on Oneworld and other partner airlines from their respective hubs. With the impending Avios devaluation coming next month, and British Airways locking out many Executive Club members and zeroing…

Deal Alert: Los Angeles-Copenhagen Still Available From $600+ R/T

A few weeks ago, we highlighted some great fares from Los Angeles to Copenhagen on American Airlines which at the time were starting at under $700 roundtrip. Not only are those sale fares still available, other airlines have also jumped in and are offering comparable fares on the route. The best way to search for…

Should I Switch from Amex Platinum to Premier Rewards Gold?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy — “With the recent changes to the Amex Premier Rewards Gold, is it worth switching from my Amex Platinum?” The recent changes to the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card have been good, despite the $20 increase in the annual fee from $175 to $195. Beginning June 1,…

Which Credit Cards Do You Use? Team TPG Compares Wallets

I often get asked which credit cards I use most, and the answer isn’t always the same. I have some stalwart favorites that I use frequently, but with 24 accounts currently open, it’s a rotating cast. Sometimes I favor a card so I can meet a spending threshold and unlock a lucrative benefit. Other times I stick to whichever card can help me…