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The results are in on my recent survey about travel rewards, and while it’s clear that not everyone with travel rewards credit cards is using them to their full potential, I offer you my congratulations: as a regular reader of The Points Guy, you’re already learning how to maximize your points and miles to travel the world at a discount (or even for free)!

I'd like to offer a toast to all  my loyal readers—and say hello to all my new ones!
I’d like to offer a toast to all my loyal readers—and say hello to all my new ones!

You recognize the importance of educating yourself about good credit—from knowing how to obtain your credit score to learning how to improve it—and formulating a solid travel rewards strategy by choosing the right credit cards for your particular budget and spending habits.

Maybe you’re already considering your credit cards’ spending bonus categories or your loyalty programs’ online shopping portals each time you make a purchase—and I applaud you all the way. I mean, if you’re going to spend money on things you need, anyway, why not earn points and miles while you’re at it?

Remember that your points and miles can really take you places—that's the whole...point!
Remember that your points and miles can really take you places—that’s the whole…point!

If you’re new to the world of points and miles, please check out my comprehensive Beginner’s Guide, which will take you step-by-step through opening loyalty program accounts, joining an online mileage manager, choosing the right credit cards for yourself, and turning yourself into nothing less than a travel rewards ninja.

And no matter how long you’ve been in the game, be sure sign up for our email blast to get the latest deal alerts, industry news, and sign-up bonuses.


Empower yourself even further and download the TPG To Go app (for iPhone and Android), which will help you organize your travel rewards and choose the best credit cards in your wallet to maximize each of your purchases.

Remember that you’re not alone—you’re part of the TPG travel awards community, and support, answers and shared excitement about your awards successes and travel plans are just a comment away. I also host occasional reader meet-ups throughout the country, which are fun ways to meet your fellow TPG community members face-to-face—and for me and the TPG staff to meet you!


To further maximize your experience of the site, come join the TPG community on social media:

On Facebook, we’re more than 117, 000 strong

On Twitter, you’ll find 76,500 other followers

On Instagram, join 14,000 other folks in checking out photos of my travels (…and my dog, Miles)

Miles Kelly, TPG Mascot, invites you along on his (and my) adventures
Miles Kelly, TPG Mascot, invites you along on his (and my) adventures

Follow my adventures around the world, gain inspiration from my award scores, and inspire others by sharing your own in our TPG Reader Success series—then please spread the word to your friends and family that they’re welcome to join the TPG travel awards community, too, and learn how to travel for less.

A big thanks to you for being such loyal, involved readers—and a big high-five for playing the game so well!

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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