Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…

Up to 50,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles with American’s Buy Miles Offer

Through June 12, 2015, American Airlines is running a promotion that allows you to earn up to 50,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when you buy AAdvantage miles for as little as 2.06 cents per mile, either for yourself or as a gift. This chart shows how many bonus miles you’ll receive for different increments of purchased miles: My Thoughts As usual, the question is whether you should buy…

By the Sea: Laguna Beach, California

In the second installment of our “By the Sea” summer destination series, TPG Contributor Drew Limsky assures you that you actually can go home again—to Southern California’s stunning Laguna Beach, where he spent several happy years.   Full (and proud) disclosure: I lived in Laguna Beach from 2008 to 2013. My place was across the street from the Heisler Park,…

Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores

Earlier this year, I shared how credit scores are calculated and which credit cards offer cardmembers a free look at their credit scores. In late February, though, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it’s urging major credit card issuers to provide free credit scores and related information to their customers. Several more cards and issuers have since hopped…

How Do I Use Points And Miles from a Rewards Credit Card?

I received our “super-newbie question of the week” from TPG reader Jessica, via Facebook: “I’m interested in getting a credit card for miles and points, but I’m not sure which one to choose. My main question is, how do you use the miles and points? Do they automatically come off your account when you pay, or do you…

The Top Current Business Credit Card Offers

Update: Some offer mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash, CitiBusiness ThankYou Card, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express, The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Spark Miles for Business, Spark Cash for Business With the current limited-time 60,000-point sign-up bonus offers after $5,000 spent in…

Top Current Credit Card Bonuses Of 40,000+ Points and Miles

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Summer is coming, and along with it the travel high season in much of the world. A lot of readers have been writing to me about getting their…

Thursday Giveaway: 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles and Admirals Club Passes from Citi

Earlier this month, I wrote that during the month of April, Citibank is providing complimentary One-Day passes to any domestic Admirals Club lounge or US Airways Club to travelers whose credit cards no longer provide complimentary access (specifically the American Express Platinum Card and Business Platinum Card) as a way of highlighting Admirals Club access as a perk of both its…