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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 New York Times Travel Show for the third year in a row, and it was a great opportunity to connect with readers about some of the exciting new changes in point valuations, frequent flyer programs (I’m looking at you Delta!) and credit card bonuses.

I have uploaded the presentations from Day 1 and Day 2, and they provide tons of useful information regarding all of the topics I discussed. Every year, I am always amazed by the scope of questions that I get from  audience members, and I love to see how many people have taken the tips and pointers we provide in order to maximize their travel.

Me speaking at the 2014 New York Times Travel Show
Me speaking at the 2014 New York Times Travel Show

One of the topics I touched upon both days was TPG Maximizer, my new free online tool that shows how you can take advantage of your credit cards to maximize your spending for points, cash and rewards. This is just one of the exciting new extensions of The Points Guy coming down the line, and I’m very excited to share with my readers.

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The new TPG Maximizer Tool

Following the travel show, I was able to meet with several of my NYC-based readers at my first ever Reader Meet-Up. It was great to meet and engage with people and get some good face time with my most loyal readers. Everyone who attended received some cool brand new TPG swag, including branded computer cases, luggage tags, journals and leather passport holders. So for this week’s giveaway, I will be giving one lucky reader the chance to win their own swag bag, as well 10,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points to pad their account pre-devaluation!

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Our new TPG Swag Bag: Computer case, journal, luggage tag and leather passport case!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what you think the most valuable lesson garnered from my travel show presentations is. Maybe it’s how to leverage open-jaw and stopovers for an extended trip around the world. Or perhaps it’s how you use the Chase Sapphire Preferred card to get 2x points on travel and dining. Whatever it is, tell me your favorite points maximizing tip by 5pm ET on Monday, March 10 to be eligible. You can only enter once. The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week. Good luck!

And the Winners of Last Week’s Prize of an iPad Mini with Retina Display is…

In conjunction with the launch of TPG Maximizer last Thursday, we included a giveaway in our announcement post asking readers to tweet me @thepointsguy telling me where you would like to go with your maximized miles and points. I received a ton of tweets with some great destinations and points/miles aspirations, but we could only choose one winner so the lucky recipient of a new iPad Mini is Drew @dlnbk!


Drew wrote:

@thepointsguy Your SYD trip inspired me. Want to go for Mardi Gras 2015! #TPGMaximizer.”

I had an amazing time in Sydney and I’m sure Mardi Gras would be an absolute blast. Hopefully card recommendations from TPG Maximizer can help you get there and if you have any questions about snagging award tickets to Australia tweet me @thepointsguy!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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