March 5th, 2012

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Yesterday afternoon, I had a blast talking to a crowded room of miles and points enthusiasts  at the New York Times Travel Show. You know I can (and often do) talk about points all day long, but I had to condense my speech into 45 minutes, so I boiled it down to the basics of earning and redeeming points, as well as the best credit cards out there for doing so.

For those of you that are more advanced, you’ll find a lot of familiar information in here, but feel free to pass it along to your friends who are just getting started. You newbies should find some great information in here, which I’ll also be posting in the Beginners Guide section.

Team TPG at the New York Times Travel Show. Brian, Danielle, Ryan, Oscar and Eric.

My next big engagements will be at the The Freddie Awards on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Renaissance Newark Airport, and the following weekend at Frequent Traveler University, from Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 2012, where there will be workshops on miles and points by the top experts and many chances to meet representatives from airline and hotel programs.

In the meantime, have a look at the presentation and stay tuned for future speaking engagements!

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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • Get a $75 hotel credit on qualifying charges, plus a room upgrade upon arrival, if available with The Hotel Collection at americanexpress.com/hc. Terms apply.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
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Annual Fee
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
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