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American Airlines Is Ending Partnership with El Al

September 24, 2014

American Airlines just announced that they will be ending their partnership with El Al Airlines effective November 1, 2014. Presently, you can earn and redeem American AAdvantage miles on El Al, and vice versa, though award availability isn’t great and you can’t book first class. This partnership wasn’t that useful, especially since saver US Airways availability on Philadelphia-Tel Aviv is […]

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Amex SimplyCash Business Card Increased Sign-Up Bonus

September 24, 2014

American Express just refreshed the sign-up bonus offer for the Amex SimplyCash Business Card. The current bonus, which is available until February 24, 2015, offers a statement credit of $250 after you spend $5,000 on the card in your first six months of card membership. While that overall 5% return is somewhat meager compared to other sign-up bonuses, […]

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Ranking the Top Cash-Back Credit Cards

September 23, 2014

Because I’m so focused on travel, I tend to prefer credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits, such as co-branded cards that earn airline miles or hotel points, or those that earn transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards (which I can use to top up my loyalty accounts when I need to). However, as I always say, […]

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Credit Card Benefits to Maximize Before 2015

September 23, 2014

As I’ve often said, one of the great tragedies for travelers is letting loyalty points and frequent flyer miles expire, and I think the same goes for unused credit card benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen will guide us through some of the best offers and benefits whose days are numbered, to help you make […]

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Discounted SkyMiles Awards for Medallions & Amex Cardholders

September 22, 2014

I’ve gone through my fair share of emotional turmoil with Delta this year, but even though I’ve been unhappy with recent changes to their loyalty program, I have to admit that they still offer some decent perks to their most loyal customers. Today and tomorrow, September 22 and 23, 2014, if you are a Delta Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver […]

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Adding Credit Card Authorized Users – Benefits and Bonuses

September 22, 2014

Many credit cards offer incentives for adding an authorized user. For example, the current sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred offers 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, plus an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user to your account and they make a purchase within the first 3 months. Thus, […]

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Which Credit Cards Are Best for Building Credit?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Martine asked me on Facebook: “I just completed paying off my consolidated debt and am looking to build my credit, if possible with some type of rewards credit card. My credit score is 694 with Transunion, but 744 with Experian.  Do you have any recommendations?” Maintaining a high credit score is critical if […]

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Which Starwood Hotel Should I Stay at in Puerto Rico?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Drew asked me on Facebook: “I’m going on a honeymoon in April, 2015, and I’m trying to use Starpoints and Delta SkyMiles to make it more affordable. Because of its proximity to Atlanta, I was thinking Puerto Rico might be a good option. Would you recommend staying at the St. Regis Bahia Beach […]

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What’s the Best Way to Get Airport Lounge Access?

September 21, 2014

TPG reader Gagan asked me on Facebook: “What is the best option to get airport lounge access throughout the U.S. and internationally? I’m not a member of any frequent flyer club and have no status. Will I have to buy a pass?” Lounge access is nice to have when traveling. Not only can you get […]

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Earn SPG & Best Western Bonus Points, Cheap JetBlue Awards

September 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for Booking Sheraton Club With Your Amex Card You can earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for every Sheraton Club stay when you book with your American Express card. During this promotion, guests who book […]

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Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

September 17, 2014

International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors to consider, like whether a card levies foreign transaction fees, and some less obvious ones, like whether it […]

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Using Merchant Category Codes to Maximize Bonuses

September 16, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains merchant category codes, and how understanding them can help you get the most out of category bonuses offered by your credit cards. TPG often preaches the importance of maximizing the points and miles you earn not only in your travels, but also from your day to day spending. If, for example, you spend […]

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How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

September 15, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad […]

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Credit Card Companion Tickets: Ins, Outs & Current Offers

September 15, 2014

 I often travel solo, but I also like sharing the road (and the skies) with friends from time to time. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the companion pass benefits available with current credit card offers, and explains the features that set them apart from one another. The credit card industry learned long ago that there are few offers […]

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Is Upgrading to the American Express Platinum Worthwhile?

September 11, 2014

I recently helped my parents book an epic trip to Italy using 125,000 Delta SkyMiles each for Alitalia business class from New York (JFK)- Rome and returning from Milan back to JFK. My parents used their miles from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus to pay for some nice bed and breakfasts in Italy, and then used Hyatt and Starpoints to […]

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Thursday Giveaway: US Open Gift Pack & $200 Amex Gift Card

September 11, 2014

Every year, tens of thousands of tennis fans descend upon Flushing, Queens, New York to watch athletes compete for our nations biggest prize at the US Open. Officially touted as the World Largest Attended Annual Sporting event, the two-week long event brings together the world’s greatest players, from lauded champions like Roger Federer to up-and-comers like Belinda […]

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No Foreign Transaction Fee on Premium Cards: The Weekly Wish

September 11, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at how some of the best travel credit cards shoot themselves in the foot by charging foreign transaction fees, and explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to do away with those international charges. I’m sure that like me, the vast majority of TPG readers travel at least occasionally outside of the country. […]

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Top Canada Credit Cards: Aeroplan, Marriott Rewards & More

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen reviews some of the top credit cards available to Canadian readers, including offers from Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines and Marriott Rewards, transferable programs like Amex Membership Rewards, and other flexible cash back programs. There’s no doubt that credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to rack up loyalty points and […]

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Does Delta Amex Platinum Still Offer Bonus MQMs?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “What happened to the bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles that I used to get with my Delta American Express Platinum card? Is this another SkyMiles casualty of Delta 2014?” I think my heart stopped for a moment when I read Chris’s question, wondering whether something had in fact happened […]

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50,000 SkyMiles Bonus for Amex Delta Cards Ends Tomorrow

September 6, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Just a reminder that the limited time offers for the American Express Delta cards are ending tomorrow; if you’ve been thinking of signing up, now is the time. The […]

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Maximizing Delta SkyMiles For Upgrades, Awards and More

September 4, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Delta SkyMiles may not be the most valuable frequent flyer mile currency out there, but the miles can still come in handy if you know how to […]

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Save With American Express Twitter and Facebook Offers

September 2, 2014

American Express loves to engage with its customers on social media, and Amex cardholders can save a lot of money by taking advantage of the company’s ongoing promotions like Sync on Twitter and Like Link Love on Facebook. To take part in these deals, simply connect your Amex card with your Twitter or Facebook account, then follow the American Express Twitter feed or like […]

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Maximizing Computer Purchases: Points, Bonuses, & More

September 2, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for how to get the most out return from a new computer purchase, including how to find the best price, maximize rewards, and protect your investment.  This week, students and teachers across their country are begrudgingly setting their alarms, sharpening pencils, and preparing for a new school year. With more and more […]

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Roundup of Credit Card Bonuses and Promotions Ending Soon

September 1, 2014

With summer coming to an end, I wanted to give a quick round up of credit card offers and promotions that will be ending soon. Expiring Credit Card Offers United Explorer: Ending September 2, 2014 • Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 spent on purchases in the first 3 months. • Earn an additional 5,000 miles […]

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