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Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards to Book Travel for Others?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Darlene emailed me to ask: “My mother-in law has a ton of American Express Membership Rewards points, and she wants to use them to send me and my husband on a vacation. Can she book the travel through her account and put our names in?” Over the years, credit card programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards […]

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Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points at McDonald’s

November 14, 2014

American Express recently announced a partnership with McDonald’s that lets you redeem Membership Rewards points to pay for your purchase when you use your eligible Amex card at participating locations. This service — which follows a similar Amex partnership with Uber earlier this year, and one with Amazon last year — is available at some locations now, and will be […]

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Hotel Credit Cards with No Annual Fee: Hilton, Choice & More

November 14, 2014

A crucial step in maximizing your points and miles is figuring out how much value you’re getting out of any given transaction. Annual fees are a direct hit to the value you can get out of a credit card, making cards with no annual fees attractive even though they typically offer more modest benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen analyzes several […]

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Should I Take 75,000 Point Offer for Amex Business Rewards?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I just got an offer for a 75,000 point sign-up bonus for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card. Should I take it?” Matt, you should absolutely take advantage of this offer! The current public offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards is for just 25,000 Membership Rewards points after […]

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Should I Drop the Admirals Club for the Centurion Lounge?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Adam tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth keeping my Admirals Club membership, or should I drop it for the new Centurion Lounges?” I generally don’t think it’s worth paying for lounge access. Spending $500 for a membership alone doesn’t make sense when you could get that same Admirals Club membership through either the Citi […]

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What Should I Do with My Amex Points if I Cancel My Card?

November 9, 2014

TPG reader Dror sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I have 170,000 Membership Rewards points through my Amex card spending. I’m planning to close my credit card, but I don’t want to lose those points. What are my options?” Dror, your best option is to simply downgrade your card to the American Express Everyday card, […]

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Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for November 2014

November 7, 2014

Credit card sign-up bonuses are constantly changing; an offer that’s here today might be gone tomorrow, and bonuses on a single card can rise or fall 50,000 points overnight. It pays to stay on top of the current credit card market so you can take advantage of the best bonus offers when they become available. To help you […]

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American Express San Francisco Centurion Lounge Preview

November 5, 2014

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the Amex Centurion Lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which officially opens tomorrow morning and will be the fourth Centurion lounge in the U.S. and the first location on the West Coast, which is located in Terminal 3 past security, and open daily from 5am to 11 pm. The other three Centurion […]

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The Fidelity Amex Card: Is 2% Cash Back Good Enough?

November 5, 2014

Cash-back rewards are often passed over by award travel enthusiasts for more glamorous airline and hotel points, but they can play an important role in your overall earning strategy. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at one of the stronger cash-back credit card options, and discusses whether it should have a place in your wallet. When it comes to […]

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Which Card Is Best for Hotel Elite Status Through Spending?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook asking: “My wife and I both have jobs with minimal travel (less than 10 days a year), but have considerable personal credit card spending, and we’d like to know which is the best hotel branded credit card that offers elite status through spending but doesn’t require […]

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JetBlue Mosaic Improvements: The Weekly Wish

October 30, 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: step up the benefits in JetBlue Mosaic to make it more useful to frequent flyers. I love elite status and all the perks that come with it. Whether I’m […]

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One Year of Amazon Prime with Amex Everyday Cards

October 29, 2014

Earlier this year American Express launched two new cards which were the American Express EveryDay Credit Card and the American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card. What’s great about both of these cards is that they earn full Membership Rewards points and have the potential to earn 20-50% bonuses on everyday purchases (hence the name) if you used them on […]

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Delta SkyMiles Program Changes: Winners and Losers

October 28, 2014

When loyalty programs change (as they invariably do), it’s easy to judge those changes based on how they impact your own travel. But looking at the bigger picture can help you assess whether a program is moving in the right or wrong direction overall. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at recent changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, […]

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Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

October 27, 2014

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out […]

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Will Citi Executive AAdvantage Offer 100,000 Miles Again?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Do you think that American Airlines and Citi will offer the 100,000 miles sign-up bonus again for the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card?” 2014 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses across the board, and a lot of the issuers are really upping their […]

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What Are The Best Sites To Book Hotel Rooms?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Denise tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “When booking a hotel stay, is it  better to go directly through SPG, or should I book on a third party website like Orbitz or Expedia? Will I earn elite benefits if I book through a third party site?” Just like with airfare, there are plenty of options […]

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Should the JetBlue Amex Card Earn a Spot in Your Wallet?

October 23, 2014

I’ve made no secret of my disappointment over recent devaluations by legacy carriers. As I’ve considered which airline deserves the bulk of my business, I’ve been happy to try out new service, like my upcoming flight on JetBlue’s new Mint Business Class to Los Angeles. Along with the actual flying, I’ve been contemplating which co-branded airline cards I plan […]

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How Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards at Ritz Carlton?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Scotty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What’s the best way to use rewards points earned from my American Express Platinum card toward staying at The Ritz-Carlton?” I love Amex points, but I almost never use them for hotel stays. Generally, the transfer partners aren’t that lucrative, and you get less than one cent per […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 50% Transfer Bonus to Starwood (Targeted)

October 16, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Starwood Preferred Guest (targeted) through November 30, 2014. Starwood Preferred Guest is one of the four hotel transfer partners of American Express, but the normal transfer ratio is a dismal 3:1, […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 35% Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

October 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic from October 15 – November 30, 2014. There’s no need to register – the bonus is hard-coded into the transfer page. While this isn’t the most lucrative transfer bonus we’ve […]

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