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Amex Platinum vs. Visa Black Card vs. Citi Prestige: Who Wins?

August 26, 2014

Rewards credit cards come in a wide variety of flavors. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at the bonuses, benefits, and other aspects of three premium cards to see how they stack up against one another. With the economy slowly recovering, travel providers and financial institutions have stepped up their games to try to woo high spenders. We’ve seen this […]

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Can I Earn an Additional 1Point/ $1 By Booking Via Amex’s Travel Website?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Dan tweets: @thepointsguy– “Can you still earn an additional 1pt/$1 by booking travel via AMEX’s online travel center? Paying for travel with a credit card can be very lucrative. I really try to discourage people from going directly to airline and hotel websites because you rake in tons of extra points by booking […]

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Hilton & Hyatt Elite Status Beyond Diamond: the Weekly Wish

August 21, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: Hilton and Hyatt elite status beyond Diamond. I tend to analyze every purchase, hotel stay, and airline ticket to make sure that I maximize my return from a points & miles standpoint. […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Paying College Tuition on a Credit Card: Fees vs. Rewards

August 20, 2014

I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing proposition.  Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains when paying college tuition with a credit card […]

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American Express Removes Secure Message Center

August 19, 2014

A great feature that used to be offered by both American Express and Chase was the Secure Messaging option, which enabled you to log into your account for either credit card issuer and and easily send either company a message without having to actually call them. This was especially useful if you signed up for a credit card offer and then […]

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Top 0% APR Credit Cards That Earn Points & Miles

August 19, 2014

Generally when I write about credit cards, it’s to tell readers about the sign-up bonuses and other benefits they offer that can help enable and enrich your travels. But there are other important factors to consider when getting a new card – most critically, the impact that opening an account has on your credit score, and how applying for and using a card fits […]

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SPG Amex or Sapphire Preferred for Rental Cars?

August 17, 2014

We’ve seen some significant changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card’s benefits in the last few weeks, prompting me to answer a question from TPG Reader Victor: “@thepointsguy Which credit card is better for rental cars – Starwood Preferred American Express or Chase Sapphire Preferred?” Quite frankly, I admit that I also chose this question […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 25% JetBlue Transfer Bonus

August 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards is running a promotion offering a 25% transfer bonus to TrueBlue, the frequent flyer program of airline partner JetBlue. The usual transfer ratio is 5 Membership Rewards points to 4 TrueBlue Points, but with the 25% transfer bonus, the ratio will instead be 1:1.  This offer ends September 15, 2014. The best use of […]

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Airline Credit Cards That Offer Elite Status and Benefits

August 13, 2014

While many airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award-redeemable miles that have no bearing on elite status, there are several out there that do offer elite airline status, benefits, and/or qualifying miles, either as part of the sign-up bonus or as a spending threshold bonus, or both. For example, Amex just announced sign-up bonuses of 50,000 miles for several of its co-branded Delta […]

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How To Maximize Delta SkyMiles for Valuable Awards

August 12, 2014

They keys to a successful miles and points strategy are to diversify your balances (especially in programs that have numerous transfer partners), and to educate yourself on the ins and outs of each program. As I write about each month with my monthly miles/points valuation series, some currencies are much stronger than others. That being said, the value […]

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50,000 SkyMile Bonus for Amex Delta Gold & Platinum Cards

August 12, 2014

Today American Express launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles for three of its co-branded Delta Airlines cards: the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card (both personal and business versions) and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles credit card (personal version only). The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000 SkyMiles for the Gold cards and […]

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Amex Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport Now Open

August 12, 2014

The Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport opened its doors today, making it the third US Centurion lounge along with the ones at McCarran airport in Las Vegas and in Dallas (DFW). Two more Centurion Lounges are set to open in San Francisco (this fall) and Miami (early in 2015). I had a chance to […]

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Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards for Cardholders

August 11, 2014

On the heels of the (recently expired) 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, I wanted to remind readers of some of the valuable benefits of co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards. Specifically, cardholders can earn 10% of redeemed AAdvantage miles back (up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year), and have access to reduced price domestic awards. A new […]

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Can I Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards to Starwood Points?

August 10, 2014

TPG reader Suzette sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Hey –  need your help, how can I convert my Chase Points to SPG Points?” I always get questions from people wanting to convert one type of frequent flyer mile, hotel point, or credit card point into another. Generally you don’t do that - once you […]

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Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

August 8, 2014

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered  by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a claim with your […]

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Amex LaGuardia Centurion Lounge Preview

August 6, 2014

If you follow TPG on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that last night I got a sneak peek at the new American Express Centurion lounge at LGA Terminal B (which is my main terminal, so it was kind of like Christmas in August!). As a Business Platinum cardholder, I plan on getting a ton of […]

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Amex OPEN Savings: Membership Rewards, Discounts, and More

August 6, 2014

It’s been a little over a year since I last wrote about the Amex OPEN Savings program, so I thought it would be useful to give an update on the current partners and benefits involved. Amex OPEN Savings is a benefit of Amex business credit cards and a good reason to consider getting one, because you can earn […]

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My Four New Credit Cards and 205,000 Miles & Points

August 5, 2014

I currently have 23 active credit cards, and my credit score is consistently in the high 700s. Earlier this year I canceled and applied for 4 new cards for 230,000 miles/points, and recently I did another round of applications to bring my year-to-date sign-up bonus total to 435,000 miles/points. Some people’s eyes pop out of […]

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Maximizing Avios through British Airways and Iberia

August 5, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains the differences and similarities between British Airways and Iberia Avios, and how the two programs can be used together to maximize award travel. Many points & miles enthusiasts have a love/hate relationship with British Airways, specifically due to their loyalty program “reboot” back in 2011 (which annihilated the value of the old […]

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Do I Earn a Bonus on Starpoints Purchased With an SPG Card?

August 3, 2014

Starpoints are among the most valuable points out there, with 32 airline transfer partners, a ton of hotel partners, and more. That’s why I use my Starwood Preferred Guest Card From American Express for any purchase that isn’t going to earn a bonus on any other card, even if I’m only earning 1 Starpoint per dollar spent. As an […]

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Can I Link a Corporate Card to My Amex Membership Rewards?

August 3, 2014

TPG reader Johnny tweeted this week: “@thepointsguy I’ve heard I can pay a fee to link my corporate amex to my personal MR account. Got any info or a link you can share?” There’s nothing better than getting miles and points when your company pays for them. When I worked at Morgan Stanley, I was […]

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Count Change Fees as MQDs/PQDs – the Weekly Wish

July 31, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: count change fees towards elite qualification on United and Delta. It sure seems like 2014 has been the year of the “$” in the frequent flyer world. Delta started the […]

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Up to $1,050 in Statement Credit with Amex Plum Card

July 29, 2014

One of the key tenets of maximizing miles and points is that you should try to get something back for every dollar you spend- whether that be miles, points or cash.  Personally, I like racking up miles and points because I know how to maximize redemptions and get more than 2% back for every dollar I […]

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