6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the perks offered by a variety of premium travel credit cards, and explains why they’re worth the cost of admission. Premium credit cards may scare many people away with their $400-plus annual fees, but travel rewards enthusiasts know that despite the high price tag, these cards can…

Maximizing Rewards on Airfare Purchases in 2015

It’s 2015, and a lot has changed in the world of travel rewards, airlines and online travel agencies, so I thought I’d offer a refresher on how to maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases this year. There are a number of different options for where to buy and how to pay; in this post I’ll…

Shortcuts to Earning Elite Status with Airline Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card As someone who flies American Airlines all the time, I really value my AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Airline elite status can make your trip smoother, more comfortable and even less expensive, so there are plenty of reasons…

Which Citi Card Is Best for Admirals Club Lounge Access?

TPG reader Eric wrote in to ask about getting Admirals Club access with Citi cards: “What’s the difference between the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card vs. Citi Prestige when to comes to Admirals Club access?” This is an interesting question, but before I answer, I think it’s important to understand the benefits of both cards. The…

Comparing Visa Signature and World Elite MasterCard Benefits

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus, Ink Cash.   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…

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…