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Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel… Read More

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I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing… Read More

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Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the prominent transferable points programs to help readers strategize when deciding where to bank their points and miles.
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Hyatt has launched a new targeted promotion, which will run from September 1 through November 30, 2014, where some Gold Passport members will have the opportunity to earn up to 50,000 bonus points for eligible nights spent at all Hyatt properties worldwide.

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American Express Removes Secure Message Center

August 19, 2014

A great feature that used to be offered by both American Express and Chase was the Secure Messaging option, which enabled you to log into your account for either credit card issuer and and easily send either company a message without having to actually call them. This was especially useful if you signed up for a credit card offer and then […]

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Top 0% APR Credit Cards That Earn Points & Miles

August 19, 2014

Generally when I write about credit cards, it’s to tell readers about the sign-up bonuses and other benefits they offer that can help enable and enrich your travels. But there are other important factors to consider when getting a new card – most critically, the impact that opening an account has on your credit score, and how applying for and using a card fits […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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8 Hottest Las Vegas Pool Parties to Hit Before Summer’s Over

August 18, 2014

Sin City is on fire through the end of summer and the best way to cool down is at one of its legendary pool parties. Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne scopes out the best parties and hottest headliners over Labor Day Weekend and beyond. It’s been a big year for Vegas for those who love points with several new […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? August Monthly Valuations

August 18, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, I’ve included […]

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Computer, Mobile, & Internet Security Basics for Travelers

August 18, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why computer and mobile security are important considerations for all travelers, and how you can help prevent yourself from getting hacked. Before I became a writer, I spent many years working as a computer systems administrator and technical support analyst at Boeing, IBM, and at state and federal government offices. […]

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Will I Earn Points If I Pay My Credit Card Bill Early?

August 17, 2014

TPG reader Sean emailed me with a question this week: “My research suggests that I can make charges and pay them off multiple times during the billing cycle. If I do that, will I earn points based on the total I spent in the month, or are points awarded based on my balance when my statement closes?” Paying your credit card […]

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SPG Amex or Sapphire Preferred for Rental Cars?

August 17, 2014

We’ve seen some significant changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card’s benefits in the last few weeks, prompting me to answer a question from TPG Reader Victor: “@thepointsguy Which credit card is better for rental cars – Starwood Preferred American Express or Chase Sapphire Preferred?” Quite frankly, I admit that I also chose this question […]

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Should I Get the US Airways Card Before the Merger?

August 17, 2014

The US Airways and American Airlines merger is not one of the fastest airline mergers that we’ve seen; we still don’t exactly know when the frequent flyer programs are going to merge, but we’ve been told sometime in 2015. That has an impact on the co-branded credit cards, like the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard. TPG […]

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Should I Downgrade My Amex Platinum to the Everyday Card?

August 17, 2014

If you use Delta lounges or Priority Pass Select, or if you live or fly out of one of the cities has has a Centurion Lounge (New York, Dallas, Las Vegas or later this year, Miami and San Francisco), it makes the Amex Platinum card much more attractive. The $200 a year airline credit automatically […]

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Hotel Review: Pristine Lotus Spa Resort in Inle Lake, Myanmar

August 16, 2014

On his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen visited Myanmar for a week. He wrote about his tips for visiting Myanmar, his experiences in the country’s largest city, Yangon, how to book flights within Myanmar, his experience booking and staying at the Hotel at Tharabar Gate in Bagan, and what he did in […]

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New US Airways Award Policy, Hyatt MLife Bonus & More

August 16, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: US Airways Now Charging the Average of One-Way  Mileage Costs for Roundtrip Award Tickets: Though the soon-merging airline has historically charged the roundtrip cost for the highest class of service flown, their brand new policy is to charge the average between each cabin flown, […]

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Win Trips to Nassau, Scotland, Japan, a River Cruise & More

August 15, 2014

Here are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web this week – and here’s hoping you win a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Win a Diving Trip in Nassau’s Paradise Island: Sponsored by Southwest and the Discovery Channel to promote Shark Week, the “Dare to Dive” sweepstakes is giving away a trip […]

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Longboats, Monasteries & A Winery – Inle Lake, Myanmar

August 15, 2014

On his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen visited Myanmar for a week. He wrote about his tips for visiting Myanmar, his experiences in the country’s largest city, Yangon, how to book flights within Myanmar, his experience staying at the Hotel at Tharabar Gate in Bagan, what he did in Bagan. Today he […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 25% JetBlue Transfer Bonus

August 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards is running a promotion offering a 25% transfer bonus to TrueBlue, the frequent flyer program of airline partner JetBlue. The usual transfer ratio is 5 Membership Rewards points to 4 TrueBlue Points, but with the 25% transfer bonus, the ratio will instead be 1:1.  This offer ends September 15, 2014. The best use of […]

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Where to Find the 1920s in Santa Barbara

August 15, 2014

Looking for some historical perspective behind one of Southern California’s most picturesque seaside cities? Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne takes you to Santa Barbara for a tour of the past and the present. A graceful wave of palm-dotted hills sloping gently to the Pacific, the heartbreaking beauty of Santa Barbara, California inspires PhDs to take jobs as baristas just to live there. What this […]

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Large Family & Group Travel Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

August 15, 2014

With a family of four, I sometimes envy the ease of travel enjoyed by singles and couples. One or two award seats aren’t too hard to find, you can fit into virtually any car or hotel room, and you can travel very light. On the other hand, I know other families that routinely travel as a […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Office Depot Back-To-School Gift Card

August 14, 2014

Much to the chagrin of kids all over, summer is slowly coming to an end which mean’s it’s back-to-school shopping season! Every day you open your mailbox to new mailers advertising sales left and right for items ranging from mechanical pencils to steals on laptops and tablets. All of these items are necessities for the beginning of […]

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Top 10 Labor Day Weekend Destinations for 2014

August 14, 2014

If you’re still trying to figure out your Labor Day weekend travel plans, Kayak.com has been watching ticket sales, travel search trends and airline news to come up with some of the hottest Labor Day Weekend destinations for 2014. Amongst their findings, they’ve identified six cities with the lowest average hotel rates, as well as a few destinations where airfare […]

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More Power Outlets in Hotel Rooms: the Weekly Wish

August 14, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: more power outlets in hotel rooms. As fellow frequent travelers, I’m sure many TPG readers experience the same need I do to be connected on the road. The last several […]

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