The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Marriott Choice Benefits

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Marriott has been under some intense pressure since closing its acquisition of SPG and launching the new Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, and from shoddy IT to indifferent and dysfunctional customer service, there are a lot of valid complaints out there. Despite these problems, many travelers are happy to stay loyal to Marriott and continue to …

Read More

How to Earn JetBlue Points With the True Blue Program

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: JetBlue uses a revenue-based award chart like Southwest. No matter how you earn your points, you should spend them whenever you get the chance — you’re not going to get a significantly better redemption value by hanging on to your points.  Despite its smaller size and route network, JetBlue is giving the big …

Continue reading “How to Earn JetBlue Points With the True Blue Program”

Read More

Do Credit Card Annual Fees Count Toward Bonus Spending Requirements?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. We’re seeing a noticeable trend in the travel rewards industry as more credit cards shift away from the standard “spend X in the first Y months” bonus structure. Instead, some recent offers have multiple spending tiers that often require …

Read More

Does It Get Any Better Than This? A Review of the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

The JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is hands down the most well-rounded hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Pros: Generous suite upgrade with views of the iconic Marina Bay Sands, sleek and eclectic design throughout the lobby and rooms, unbeatable breakfast spread and my favorite restaurant on site. Cons: Pricey (though you certainly get what you pay for), and a pool that should have been heated but wasn’t.

Read More

New Amex Platinum 100,000-Point Offer for Select Charles Schwab Customers

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

When we talk about The Platinum Card® from American Express, we’re usually referring to either the standard personal or business version, but there are actually a number of other variations on the Platinum card. My personal favorite is The American Express Platinum® Card for Schwab, which is only available to Charles Schwab & Co. customers. …

Read More

The Best Ways to Travel to Japan With Points and Miles

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Japan is a must-see for every traveler, with its famous cherry blossoms that dazzle tourists every spring, snow-capped mountains and ancient temples dotting the hillsides. That’s to say nothing of the food — which has gained popularity across the world — and a service industry that perfectly embodies the cultural importance placed on respect and …

Read More

Sardine-Can Comfort, Caviar Prices: British Airways First Class on the 777 From Shanghai to London

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

While British Airways is one of the last airlines to operate the 747-400, the beloved Queen of the Skies (and it’s even dressing them up in beautiful retro liveries), the bulk of its long-haul fleet is actually composed of 777 aircraft, including both the 777-200ER and 777-300ER. Over the years, British Airways first class has …

Read More

Can I Transfer Miles Between British Airways and American Airlines?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Transferable points are a somewhat simple concept to understand in theory, but things get much more complicated in practice, as you have to navigate a web of different transfer options and remember that the program with which you’re booking …

Read More

Best OneWorld Award Redemptions With Brex Points

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Transferable points currencies get their value from the flexibility they afford to travelers. This is why, in TPG’s monthly valuations, you’ll typically see that these programs are valued higher than any of their individual transfer partners. We’ve seen a good amount of competition in the world of transferable points, and last month, corporate card issuer …

Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Small-Business Travel

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Small business owners can take advantage of the same strategies that individual award travelers use to save money on flights and hotels, but there are also a number of unique cards and loyalty programs designed specifically for business needs. Today we’re going to explain how to maximize those benefits. Best Business Credit Cards for Airfare …

Read More

5 Best Hotels in Asia You Can Book With Hilton Points — Use the Hilton Card Limited-Time Offers

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Many popular destinations, especially in Southeast Asia, have cheap cash rates for luxury hotels. Make sure to double check before you redeem your points! While there were many losers in Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood and subsequent rollout of the new Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, one of the biggest winners in all this chaos …

Continue reading “5 Best Hotels in Asia You Can Book With Hilton Points — Use the Hilton Card Limited-Time Offers”

Read More

Earn up to 75,000 Points with This Targeted Amex Platinum Offer

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Because American Express only allows you to earn the welcome bonus on each of its credit cards once per lifetime, you’ll want to be careful to time your applications to capture the highest possible bonus. The Platinum Card® from American Express has historically offered a bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 in …

Read More

5 Best Hotels in Europe You Can Book With Hilton Points — Use the Hilton Card Limited-Time Offers

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Before booking any Hilton award stays, make sure to open one of the Amex Hilton credit cards to earn automatic Hilton status and receive the fifth night free on award stays of five or more consecutive nights. The Hilton Honors loyalty program often gets a bit of a bad rap because of the …

Continue reading “5 Best Hotels in Europe You Can Book With Hilton Points — Use the Hilton Card Limited-Time Offers”

Read More