Air France KLM 50% Off Flying Blue Promo Awards July-August

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers a new set of Promo Awards each month where you can book award flights at 25%-50% off the normal rates for travel on certain routes and in certain classes of service. The list of awards you can book between now and…

Is the Citi ThankYou Travel Center Worth Using?

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at the Citi ThankYou Travel Center to see what value it offers, and how prices compare to airline, hotel, and third-party booking sites. Over the last month I’ve been analyzing the online travel agencies of different rewards programs to find out whether they offer better value than sites like Kayak and Orbitz, or the airlines’ own websites. Thus far,…

Maximizing ThankYou Rewards on Cathay Pacific and Eva Air

Citi ThankYou Rewards has stepped up over the past year by introducing new benefits to the program’s credit cards and improving its array of airline transfer partners. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at award opportunities on several of those partners to see what kind of value they offer.  Citi recently released some great new offers for cards in…

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…

How Do I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit?

TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask “I just got the American Express Platinum card through CardMatch, but was wondering how to maximize the airline credit. Can I purchase tickets or use it for award taxes and fees?” First off, congrats on getting your card through CardMatch. Hopefully you got an increased bonus offer like…

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 Citi ThankYou Rewards Transfer to American Airlines?

TPG reader Preston tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy – “Do Citi ThankYou Rewards points transfer to American Airlines miles?”  Sadly, Citi ThankYou Rewards points don’t transfer to American Airlines miles, at least not yet. Citi just released new sign-up bonuses an bumped up earning rates on the Citi Prestige card and the Citi ThankYou Premier card, so you can earn…

Top April Credit Cards, SPG and Club Carlson Bonus Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Go Paperless and Get 1,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points In celebration of Earth Day this week, Club Carlson has a targeted offer where some members can earn 1,000 points for changing their preference to paperless statements by April 28, 2015….

Citi ThankYou Rewards 25% Transfer Bonus To Etihad Guest Miles

Last July, Citi dramatically improved its ThankYou Rewards points program by adding a number of new airline transfer partners, including Etihad Guest Rewards. ThankYou points normally transfer at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000, so 1,000 ThankYou points = 1,000 Etihad Guest miles. However, Etihad is currently offering a 25% bonus on miles when…

Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points for Maximum Value

Citi ThankYou Rewards has improved greatly over the last year, and as a result, interest in the program has increased. I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their ThankYou points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. In TPG’s latest monthly valuations, Citi ThankYou points are…