How Much Do Point Valuations Influence Which Card You Use?

TPG reader Derek emailed me to ask about earning points: “I have the Starwood Amex and Chase Freedom Unlimited, and am trying to decide whether to keep the Starwood card in my portfolio. Starpoints are worth the most in your valuations, but is the Freedom Unlimited card more valuable since it earns more points per dollar spent?” Each month, I…

New Year’s Vacation in Maui — 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…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January 2017 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 loyalty currency. Still, some rewards are clearly worth more than others — my goal is to…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for January 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve A new year means new opportunities to maximize the points you earn and redeem. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to put together an even stronger points strategy by taking advantage of the best rewards credit…

Flash Sale: $50 Airbnb E-Gift Card for $35 Through Amazon

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Chase Freedom Unlimited “For a limited time” and “while supplies last,” you can get a $50 Airbnb gift card through Amazon for just $35 thanks to Amazon’s Gold Box deals. All you need to do is enter promo code AIRBNB15 at checkout to receive the $15 discount. There’s…

5 Reasons to Add Athens to Your Travel Plans

Athens is in the midst of a renaissance, with a slew of trendy restaurants and bars livening up the city center, giving the capital a much-needed Grecian gastronomic element despite the recession. Yet Greece’s capital — and largest city — is often seen as a stopover en route to the islands in the summertime with most tourists overlooking one…

New International First-Class Sweet Spots Using SPG Points

This morning, we found out that Virgin America Elevate points will transfer to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles at a 1:1.3 ratio starting on January 9, 2017. We feel like this is a fair-to-generous ratio that falls on the high side of our valuations for these points and miles, although some Elevate members may have hoped for a…

Cathay Pacific First Class for Less Than $1,500 With This Alaska Mileage Sale

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one option for growing your account balance. While it’s increasingly harder to earn miles from flying, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying — whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining rewards programs. If these methods leave you…

Earn Double Points at Starwood, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Properties

Since the Starwood-Marriott merger was finalized, the process of integrating the brands has been fairly swift. Almost immediately after the announcement, members (including Ritz-Carlton) could link their accounts, allowing elites to status match with the other chain, transfer points between them and, a bit later down the line, get reciprocal earning on co-branded cards. And now,…

10 Hot Hotels Opening by January 2017

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve Here’s a look at the coolest new hotels opening around the globe in December and January, including two London properties peddling different types of luxury — and Starwood’s new venture on the Vegas Strip. 1. W Las Vegas Location: On the…