Getting Over a Fear of Flying — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Taking a Family Vacation to Ireland — Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

Debunking Credit Card Myths: Do I Get to Keep My Points if I Cancel a Card?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that travel rewards credit cards are a popular topic of conversation here at TPG. Utilizing top sign-up bonuses and using the right card for various bonus categories can open up fantastic redemptions like premium-class flights and luxurious hotel rooms. However, there are a number of misconceptions out there when it comes…

The 7 Most Expensive Ritz-Carlton Properties You Can Book with Points

Last month, we covered the launch of the upgraded Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, which brought some new benefits that may just make you excited about the luxury hotel chain all over again. Nick Ewen covered the 10 best properties to use your three free nights at (you get these after spending $5,000 on purchases on the card in…

How To Track Your 5x Bonus Spending with Chase Freedom

There’s just three weeks left in September, which means you only have three more weeks to max out your Chase Freedom third quarter category bonus. In case you missed the announcement, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on restaurant and wholesale club (Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club) purchases. This 5%/5x return is limited to…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? September 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?” The answer 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…

Should I Keep Sapphire Preferred If I Get Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Ben sent me a message on Facebook for help deciding between rewards credit cards: “I just recently got the Sapphire Preferred card, but now I’m interested in applying for the new Sapphire Reserve card. If I’m approved, does it make sense to keep both?” Since it was formally announced just a few weeks…

10 Best Ways to Use 100,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

If you’re planning on signing up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, you may be wondering how to put the 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points from the sign-up bonus to use. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help with a list of some of the top redemption options. Earlier this month,…

The 5 Best Credit Cards for a Philadelphia-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Philadelphia….