Comparing Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard Benefits

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can maximize your travel by taking advantage of some lesser known benefits on your travel rewards credit cards. When you think of top credit card rewards and benefits, what usually comes to mind are the points, miles and perks offered by the card issuer or…

11 Reasons to Love AAdvantage and Executive Platinum Status

It’s no secret that I’m an American Airlines loyalist. Living in Miami, American is the obvious choice, but beyond that I think AAdvantage elite status is incredibly valuable even if you don’t live in a hub city. I value Executive Platinum status well above the top-tier equivalent with United or Delta, and I feel the same about…

My Latest Card Applications: ThankYou Premier, IHG, Amex BRG

A few weeks ago I did a bit of credit card spring cleaning, and closed some accounts that either offered redundant benefits or weren’t providing enough value. That left me with room in my portfolio for a few new additions, so I just put in a round of applications for three cards I’m excited to get my…

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…

Do In-Flight Credit Card Applications Offer Better Bonuses?

TPG reader Jay tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Is there any benefit to applying for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Card when the flight attendants pass out applications onboard vs. applying online?”  I would not recommend applying for a credit card on a plane or in an airport. The signs you see set up…

Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Adds $100 Global Entry Credit

After launching an improved sign-up bonus for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card earlier this morning, Citi is making more good news by announcing a major improvement to one of its premium travel rewards cards. Starting today, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard will offer a statement credit of up to $100 to cover application fees for either Global Entry or…

Choosing the Best Card for American Airlines Flyers

I’m a huge fan of American Airlines not only for the quality of service and the value of the AAdvantage program, but also for the strength and diversity of its co-branded credit cards. In this post, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explores the various options to help you pick the one that best suits your needs….

Citi Prestige or AAdvantage Executive — Which Card Is Best?

The competition in the credit card market is so fierce, sometimes card issuers end up competing with themselves. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele compares two of Citi’s premium travel rewards cards to see which one presents the best value to cardholders. Citi has been putting forth a great effort to capture more of the extremely lucrative and competitive travel rewards credit…

Chase Improves Rental Car Insurance with Fewer Exclusions

Many travel rewards credit cards offer insurance for rental cars and more, but the policies are full of exclusions and exceptions that can leave you unsure about what’s covered. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines one such exclusion that appears to be changing for the better. Reader Cheryl wrote in to the TPG team with a bit…

Should I Earn AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles or Points?

TPG reader Max had this question about earning status on American Airlines: “What’s the difference between American elite-qualifying miles versus points?” The recent merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into American Airlines AAdvantage has created a lot of changes for flyers, including how elite upgrades work. There are no more freebies for Silver, Gold and Platinum Dividend…