How last-minute awards saved our trip — reader success story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader Malte, whose points saved him from having to make an expensive decision: My wife and I live in New York City and had booked a Eurowings flights to Düsseldorf (DUS) for my brother’s wedding. We were scheduled to arrive at 6:00 am, which would leave plenty of …

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Getting great value from a new card — reader success story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader Dan, who is making good use of the welcome bonus and benefits from his Hilton card on two trips this year: When Southwest Airlines announced service to Hawaii, my wife and I made a point to start putting some of our hard-earned rewards to use. She had …

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Traveling to a lifesaving surgery — reader success story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader John, who used points and miles to help his family through a vital medical procedure: I have been meaning to write and thank you for all the tips and advice. A few years ago, I was able to fly from Abu Dhabi to Sydney in the Etihad …

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I thought I got free checked bags — reader mistake story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today, I want to share a story from TPG reader Bob, who missed an important stipulation of one of his credit card benefits: In June, I used my United℠ Explorer Card to book two one-way trips for October travel on United (San Francisco to Nashville and New Orleans back to San Francisco). In September, I …

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I saved $1,000 on school interviews — reader success story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader Daniel, who redeemed points for flights and hotels on two recent trips: I am a veteran, longtime TPG reader and dental school applicant. As someone with a limited budget, I knew the costs to attend dental school interviews could be prohibitive. Thankfully, I heard about the Hilton …

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I earned 17,000 miles shopping online — reader success story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader Andrew, whose patience before a large purchase paid off handsomely: I am currently working toward a professional certificate that requires me to take a four-day course. The courses usually cost $1,800 to $2,000, which I am paying out of pocket. It’s a great investment for my future, …

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Avoiding an early morning departure — reader success story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today I want to share a story from TPG reader Yue, who took advantage of a schedule change to help her parents fly more comfortably: My dad’s 70th birthday is coming up and I wanted to book a trip to Europe for my parents, my husband and me. This would be my parents’ first trip to Europe …

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Transferring points to my fiancée — reader mistake story

Written by Peter Rothbart @ The Points Guy

Today, I want to share a story from TPG reader William, who overlooked one of Marriott’s rules for transferring points to airline partners: My job requires a significant amount of international travel, and I have been stashing (and now finally cashing in) points for my honeymoon to Singapore, Bali and Thailand next June! I transferred …

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