Points Intervention: Personal vs. Business Credit Cards

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 small-business owners get their awards earning on track — just in time to take advantage…

Points Intervention: Choosing the Best Transferable Points Program

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 of the Chase…

How to Book Award Flights with Delta SkyMiles

Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Delta SkyMiles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to book…

How to Fly Singapore Airlines First Class for (Almost!) Free

As a follow-up to last week’s post on how to book Singapore Airlines first class awards, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at both award availability and mileage requirements for several specific routes, and the credit cards you can use to fly them for (almost) free. Singapore Airlines first class has been one of…

8 Reasons Why I Love Singapore Airlines First Class

As I took off on my whirlwind trip to Seoul and China, I got to experience one of the most sought-after experiences in the skies: Singapore Airlines first class on its Boeing 777-300ER. Last week I joked that US airlines were better, but in reality flying Singapore First Class is a truly exceptional experience. Here are the eight things that…

How to Book Singapore Airlines First Class Awards

As I took off on my whirlwind trip to Seoul and China, I got to experience one of the most sought-after experiences in the skies: Singapore Airlines first class. You’ll find out more about how I booked it and the experience itself in a later post, but for now I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a…

Starwood Launches Tribute Portfolio

Today Starwood Hotels & Resorts introduces the Tribute Portfolio, its 10th brand and second collection of independent hotels. A complement to Starwood’s five-star-focused The Luxury Collection, the Tribute Portfolio will initially focus on four-star properties in the U.S., eventually expanding to Europe and beyond. To celebrate the launch of Tribute Portfolio, SPG is offering members up to 10,000 bonus points for stays at the…

Redeeming Starwood Preferred Guest Points for Maximum Value

I value Starpoints at 2.4 cents apiece, and I can get even more than that when I redeem for high-end hotels and premium award flights. However, I routinely get emails from readers who aren’t sure how to maximize their points, so today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers examples of some of the best (and worst) redemption options. TPG’s most recent monthly valuations list Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints…

My Decision on which Credit Cards to Keep vs. Cancel

Each year I like to take inventory of my credit card portfolio by weighing the benefits of each card and weeding out the ones that aren’t providing enough value. There’s no shortage of new sign-up bonuses to earn, like the recently extended offer for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or the big targeted offers for the Amex…