CardMatch Has New Amex Platinum 60,000 Points Offer and More

Earlier this year, I wrote about some amazing offers available through the CardMatch tool, and it appears that some more offers have recently been loaded. CardMatch is now offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points for the American Express Platinum Card after spending $3,000 in your first 3 months of card membership. There’s also another lucrative offer for 50,000…

Travel Rewards March Madness Is Here: Cast Your Votes

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he kicks off the first round of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. This week marks the official start of March Madness, one of the most exciting competitions in all of sports. To mark the occasion, the team here at…

Card Comparison: Sapphire Preferred vs. Amex Premier Rewards Gold

The Chase Sapphire Preferred and American Express Premier Rewards Gold are two of my all around top travel credit cards. Lately, though, have been several recent and upcoming changes to these cards’ sign-up bonuses, annual fees, transfer partners and benefits, so I thought it would be a good to cover the differences between them. With those in mind, and…

Premier Rewards Gold, SPG Amex, or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Maxwell emailed me to ask: “I currently have the SPG Amex credit card and use that for my daily spending. Did I make the right decision in picking this card over the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the new Amex Gold that earns double points on dining plus a $100 airline credit?” This past month,…

Billionaire Art Collector Earns Millions in AmEx Points

Want to earn staggeringly high numbers of travel rewards points? Well, follow billionaire Liu Yiqian’s lead by charging millions of dollars’ worth of ancient Chinese art on your Amex Centurion Card, and you’ll be traveling for free in no time. The chairman of chemical, pharmaceutical and financial corporation Sunline Group, Yiqian also owns a stake in Shenzhen-listed Hubei Biocause Pharmaceutical….

Which Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Your Favorites Now?

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”If you were to start from scratch, what credit cards would you carry and why?” I currently have 24 credit cards, and narrowing them down is difficult, but there are really six cards I just can’t live without and would recommend starting with. 1. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card …

Can I Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Amex Points?

TPG reader Kim sent me a message on Facebook asking: “Can I earn miles on flights booked with Amex points?” The answer to this question is maybe; it depends on how you use your points. If you use the Pay With Points option, where Amex basically buys your ticket and you get about one cent per…

Do Hotels Know if I Earned Elite Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Zach tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can a hotel tell if I got my status from stays vs. a credit card? Will they treat me differently if I got status through a credit card?” Earning elite status is getting easier in general, because it’s often included as a benefit on co-branded credit cards. Status earned…

Should I Redeem Points for Cash or Transfer to Airlines?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message asking: “I’ve accumulated 100,000 Membership Rewards points over the past year, but want to withdraw them for cash. I noticed American Express gives you gift cards at a rate of half a cent per point, which is highway robbery. My other credit cards give me 2% cash back,…

Top Credit Cards, Bonus AA & US Airways Miles, Orbitz Credit

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Top Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers or March 2015 Every month I round up the best current travel credit cards out there as a reference in case you’re thinking of applying for a new card (or several). Below are…