What Counts For Citi ThankYou Premier Bonus Categories

The Citi ThankYou Premier card, which currently has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months, offers 3 points per dollar spent on “travel,” but what exactly does Citi consider to be travel? TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele digs deep into Citi’s earnings structure to explain which transactions will earn you bonus points….

Flight Review: ANA 777-300ER First Class Tokyo-New York

Last year, United offered $1,700 first-class tickets between Boston and Seoul. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig took advantage of the deal, booking a 10-day trip to Asia. And as luck would have it, when his United flight from Tokyo to Boston was canceled due to snow, the airline booked him in ANA’s new 777-300ER first-class cabin for…

Points Intervention: Create a Points and Miles Action Plan

I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Maximize the Southwest Card’s 50,000-Point Bonus on Flights to the Caribbean

Last winter was a brutal one for much of the US. So if you’ve been contemplating a tropical getaway in anticipation of next winter, the new 50,000-point sign-up bonuses after $2,000 spent within the first 3 months from Chase on all its Southwest co-branded cards — including the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card personal and business versions,…

IHG Releases PointBreaks List for May 26-July 31

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for May 26- July 31, 2015, which will be bookable starting on May 26. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every few months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always…

Hotel Review: The Fairmont San Francisco

Perched atop Nob Hill, The Fairmont San Francisco has been considered one of the most elegant hotels in town since it opened in 1907 — and after his recent stay there, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan would agree … to a point. Lavishly paved in marble and gilded details, the imposing Fairmont San Francisco offers 591 guest rooms and suites, some…

Points Intervention: Personal vs. Business Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus Every week, I get a ton of reader e-mail from people asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business use or both. In this new Points Intervention series, I help individuals and…

Maximizing Distance-Based Awards: TPG 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 made possible by points and…