The Best Airline Credit Cards With Inflight Discounts

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Airline credit card benefits come in all shapes and sizes. Some offer huge sign-up bonuses worth tens of thousands of miles. Others include airport lounge access. A few offer companion tickets that can save travelers hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. Of course, some airline credit card benefits are fairly standard these days. …

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The Best Credit Cards for Priority Pass Lounge Access

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Traffic-choked checkpoints. Ever more crowded terminals. Serpentine security lines. Jam-packed gate areas. Getting to and through the airport today is more stressful than ever. Airport lounges can provide a respite from the hordes and the hassle of flying. Luckily, many of the top travel rewards credit cards include lounge access as part of their benefits …

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Capital One Venture Rewards Card: When to Redeem Miles vs. Transferring to Airline Partners

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Capital One has long had one of the best loyalty programs around thanks to the solid fixed-value miles cardholders can earn with its credit cards. However, Capital One greatly improved its mileage rewards program in the last several months in a few key ways. First, it added 15 airline transfer partners, including Air Canada Aeroplan …

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Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Ink Business Preferred

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

With so many fantastic travel rewards credit cards currently available, including some with unprecedented sign-up bonuses and phenomenal benefits, you might have a hard time choosing one (or a combination) that is right for your needs. To help you sift through all the information, we publish detailed comparison posts on popular cards such as the Chase …

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How to Use Points and Miles for a Galápagos Trip

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

“The archipelago is a little world within itself.” That is how Charles Darwin described the Galápagos after spending five weeks there in 1835 cataloguing its myriad of animals and plants. His work — and the tales of subsequent visitors to the remote island chain — have continued to capture the popular imagination. Images of windswept …

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Can You Earn Airline Miles Booking Through OTAs?

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

One of the most frequent questions we get from travelers is whether it’s possible to earn airline miles on bookings made through online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline or Amex Travel. The confusion seems to stem from the fact that booking a hotel reservation through an OTA usually means forfeiting the chance to …

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The Coolest Airline-Status Swag, and What You Have to Do to Get It

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Airline elite status confers many benefits, like free checked bags, priority boarding, entrance to airport lounges, and a shot at those ever-elusive upgrades. But for flyers who exceed the usual qualification levels or spend an unholy amount of money on tickets — either annually or in lifetime activity — airlines often extend exclusive status levels, …

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Fine in FiDi: A Review of Gild Hall in New York City, Now Part of Hyatt

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Gild Hall is a cute Thompson property in Manhattan’s Financial District that provided the perfect opportunity to redeem my World of Hyatt credit card’s annual free-night certificate. Pros: Great staff, good location for business, excellent points value. Cons: Far from sightseeing, limited fitness and food options.

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A Complete History of Credit Card Transfer Bonuses to Airlines

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Part of what makes transferable points programs like American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards so useful (and valuable) is the ability to convert points into miles with dozens of different airline partners. But what makes them even more attractive is that some banks offer occasional bonuses for doing so. It’s like being surprised …

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5 Credit Card Checklist Items for Your International Summer Vacation

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Summer is almost here, and that means the busiest travel season of the year is nearly upon us. Though you are probably not planning a whirlwind jetsetter extravaganza quite as crazy our summer intern’s, chances are you will be among the nearly 3 million flyers passing through US airports daily in the coming months. You …

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The Best Points Hotels in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

The world’s most populous city (by metropolitan area), Tokyo is chock-full of fascinating sights and experiences, unique neighborhoods and the world’s highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. Come 2020, the Japanese capital will also have the honor of hosting the Summer Olympics. No doubt the city will extend the extraordinary level of organization for which Japan is …

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The Best Hotel Credit Cards for On-Property Credits

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

It’s been an exciting year for hotel credit cards. With the launch of Marriott Bonvoy in February, we saw the debut of several new and rebranded cards, and Hilton took the opportunity to overhaul its card slate last year. Among the most appealing developments was the creation of new premium credit cards from two loyalty …

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Which Airline Credit Cards Offer the Best Priority Boarding Perks?

Written by Eric Rosen @ The Points Guy

Airline credit cards offer a variety of flashy perks, including sign-up bonuses of tens of thousands of miles, companion tickets worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars, access to airport lounges and free checked bags. One of their most fundamental perks, though, is about saving time rather than money. That’s where the priority boarding benefit …

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