Meet the New American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Card

New perks are coming to the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex cards later this month, but this morning TPG Intern Kevin Song received another SPG surprise, courtesy of Apple Pay. Two months ago, American Express announced a slew of new benefits for the Starwood Preferred Guest Card, including a much-desired foreign transaction fee waiver, as well as complimentary Boingo…

$50 Uber Rebate for Amex Business Cardholders

We’ve seen several Uber promos that give users some extra incentive to use the service, from a partnership with SPG to free Rolls Royce rides to sizable discounts via Capital One. Now Uber has partnered up with Amex to offer up to a $50 rebate on employee rides. (This offer has actually been available for a couple of weeks now,…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

Where Should I Transfer Points If I’m Closing My Amex Account?

TPG reader Candace tweeted me to ask about an American Express account she’s closing: @thepointsguy — “I’m closing my Amex card with 80,000 Membership Rewards points, but they don’t partner with my preferred airline. What should I do with my rewards?” To pre-emptively transfer your valuable points to a partner airline is risky. What happens if your…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Paris

My most recent visit to Paris was for the city’s busy Fashion Week, which filled up points-friendly hotel options like the Westin Paris – Vendôme, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and the Prince de Galles. So I took the opportunity to try out a property that’s famous for not being a points hotel — the Mandarin Oriental Paris. There’s…

Amex Platinum 100K & Premier Rewards Gold 50K via Cardmatch

This week, quite a few TPG readers have let me know by email and over social media that they’re finding some amazing sign-up bonus offers through the CardMatch tool. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be targeted for one of these offers, but as there’s no cost beyond a few seconds of your time, there’s no harm in trying! Some TPG readers reported seeing yesterday, July…

Using Amex Business Cards to Maximize Your Return at Hotels

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses how you can use benefits on a variety of Amex business cards to get the most out of your next hotel stay. After airfare, hotel charges represent the largest expense incurred by most business travelers. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways to use business credit…

Sapphire Preferred or Amex Premier Rewards Gold for Dining?

TPG reader Thomas tweeted me about using credit cards for dining: @thepointsguy – “Since both Amex Premier Rewards Gold and Chase Sapphire Preferred now offer 2x points on dining, which card are you using for that category?” In June, American Express amped up rewards on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, adding 2x points on dining to…

How to Score Free Nights with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr delves into one of my favorite luxury hotel programs, and explains how you can use it to get free nights and more at select properties around the globe. I tend to enjoy hunting for the perfect hotel more than I do booking the perfect flight, and when I’m searching for a luxury property, I…

Which Card to Use When Buying Expensive Items Abroad

Today, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had to make a large purchase while traveling in Australia. Here’s how he decided which credit card to use. This month, a product I’ve had my eye on for quite some time finally started shipping. It’s a wide-angle lens from Olympus that’ll make review photos — particularly those shot in tight quarters on…