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If you logged into your TPG Maximizer today, you’ve probably noticed the brand-new dashboard. Like the TPG To Go app and TPG’s new Chrome extension, Maximizer is a free service to help you earn the most miles and points with everyday purchases. And now it’s more powerful than ever!

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Add your rewards cards.

To get started, sign up for TPG Maximizer and log in to your credit card accounts. Maximizer will automatically populate with your connected cards, though you may have to match an account to its corresponding card on the website.

Earned and missed rewards.
Earned and missed rewards.

Once your cards are added, you’ll see several items on your Maximizer Dashboard. First you’ll see an older feature — a tally of the total rewards you earned compared with those you missed because you didn’t pay with the “right” card. Of course, if you’re working toward a minimum-spend requirement, you’ll likely see some missed rewards, as is the case with my account above. (Note that you’ll be able to see a breakdown of rewards by individual transaction following an update in 2016.)

Recent spend categories.
Recent spend categories.

Next down on the page is a breakdown of your category spend for the last 90 days, broken out into your five most used categories, plus other transactions. Individual card issuers offer similar charts, though Maximizer can tally up purchases from all of your credit and charge cards.

See a list of upcoming bills.
See a list of upcoming bills.

Scrolling further down the page, you’ll find a list of credit and charge card bills due within the next few weeks, along with your statement balances for each account. Note that these amounts match what’s on your statement, so you may see a balance listed here that you’ve already paid off.

View your current credit utilization.
View your current credit utilization.

Finally, Maximizer will tally up your current balance and present it alongside your available credit to calculate your credit utilization. I have 12 credit cards in my account, so my available credit is quite high (though not high enough to do too much damage). Since I pay off the balance on all of my cards every few days, the current balance is very low, resulting in a 0% credit utilization.

Read this post to learn more about TPG To Go and Maximizer, and follow these links to directly access each of the TPG apps: TPG MaximizerTPG To Go, Chrome Browser Extension.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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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
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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