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What Program Is Best To Transfer Amex Points If You’re Going to Close Your Account?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader TGauthier tweeted me this week wondering what his options were for transferring American Express Membership Reward points for future travel before he closes his account: “@thepointsguy Brian where is the best place to transfer Amex points for future  travel prior to closing the account?” First off, you never want to move Amex, Chase […]

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Top 5 Current Travel Credit Card Offers

February 18, 2014

In light of the news that the Barclaycard Arrival will be raising its sign-up bonus minimum spending requirement from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days any time now, as well as the current 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, I know a lot of you are considering a round of […]

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Redeem Your Virgin America Points for Flights, Not Virgin Limited Edition Travel Packages

February 14, 2014

Virgin America just announced a new promotion called “Take your points on vacation with Virgin Limited Edition”, which listed travel packages that you can use your points on not only for flights but also to stay in places that look pretty great including safari camps in Kenya and South Africa, an alpine lodge in Switzerland, […]

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Choosing The Right Delta American Express Card For You

February 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced some changes to their Delta co-branded credit cards, including EMV Chip + Signature technology and that they would begin waiving foreign transaction fees starting May 1. However, they also announced an annual fee increase on the Delta Platinum card t0 $195 from the current $150. In addition, over the past […]

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Can You Still Get The Benefits of the United Club Card Even If You Don’t Use It To Purchase Tickets?

February 9, 2014

Airline credit cards come with lots of great perks, but many folks don’t know exactly what they’re entitled to. TPG reader Cuong tweeted me and asked if it’s necessary to use his United Club Card to purchase the airline ticket in order to get the card’s benefits when traveling. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy, Is […]

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How to Get Cheap Mandarin Oriental Stays With the Amex Platinum Card

February 8, 2014

One of the great aspects about having an American Express card that often gets overlooked are the exclusive offers that Amex gives its cardholders. The way to find your offers is to log into your Amex account and then click on the “Offers For You” tab. These offers vary depending on the specific card that […]

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The Top Reasons To Get Bluebird from American Express

February 6, 2014

The Bluebird from American Express is a checking account/debit card alternative with a lot of great features that can save you money and earn points in the process, and for all you new readers out there, I thought it was about time for a quick refresher post on Bluebird and all the ways it can […]

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Delta Amex Cards To Waive Foreign Transaction Fees and Have EMV Chips Starting May 1, 2014

February 5, 2014

American Express has an impressive line-up of travel credit cards including the Premier Rewards Gold, Starwood and Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards. The one downside is that many of their cards – most, in fact, except the Platinum and Business Platinum – levy foreign transaction fees. These fees are one of my major bugaboos […]

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Amex 50% Transfer Bonus to Best Western & Southwest Companion Pass Angle

February 3, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Offer expired March 9, 2014. Amex is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Best Western Rewards. Instead of the normal 1:1 ratio, now through March 31, 2014, when you transfer 1,000 Amex points, you get 1,500 Best Western Rewards […]

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How Much Value Can I Really Get Out Of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Benefits?

February 2, 2014

TPG reader Mary had a question about one of the Platinum Card from American Express’s major benefits, the Fine Hotels & Resorts booking site: “In all the hubbaloo about the American Express Platinum downgrades, people are mentioning FHR as a major benefit. However, I’ve never bothered to use this, as it doesn’t seem to offer […]

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Top 10 Current Credit Card Bonuses for A Round of Applications

January 28, 2014

In the credit card game, when great offers come along, you’ve got to hop on them fast. Sign-up bonuses are the fastest way to rack up a lot of points or miles, and in order to maximize the great deals out there, a lot of folks apply for multiple cards in a single day. The […]

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Amex Gift Cards With No Fees and Rebates Through April 1

January 28, 2014

Buying American Express gift cards can be a great way to meet the minimum spend requirements for huge credit card sign-up bonuses, as well as to keep earning points beyond sign-up bonuses and even meet calendar year spending threshold bonuses. Although many gift cards are merchant-specific, American Express gift cards are great because they are […]

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Can Married Couples Have Separate American Express Bluebird Accounts?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Eric asked me a question about Amex Bluebird via Facebook: “Can my wife and I have separate Bluebird accounts and purchase separate Vanilla Reloads?” I’ve written a lot about the Amex Bluebird, which is a checking/debit account alternative that you can fund with Vanilla Reloads – prepaid cards that you can purchase at […]

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Throwback Thursday Giveaway: 10,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points

January 23, 2014

It’s Thursday – and that means it’s time for another reader giveaway! I’m at almost 33,000 Twitter followers (just about 300 left to go!), so for this week’s giveaway, I wanted to take it to Twitter and get people talking. Since it’s Thursday, I thought it would be fun to do a Throwback Thursday post […]

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How to Get Amazon Prime With American Express

January 21, 2014

Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. I’m not a huge Amazon shopper, but I have plenty of family and friends who are borderline addicted. Not only can you get great prices, shopping […]

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Amex 40% Virgin America Transfer Bonus Through January 31, 2014

January 17, 2014

Now through January 31, 2014, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 40% transfer bonus to Virgin America. Points usually transfer at a ratio of 2oo Amex points to 100 Virgin America Elevate. With this bonus, though, you’ll get a rate of 200 Amex to 140 Virgin – the minimum transfer amount is 200 Amex […]

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The 5 Most Overlooked Travel Credit Card Offers Right Now

January 16, 2014

I spend a lot of time talking about the top travel credit cards including the Sapphire Preferred and Platinum Amex, but there are a ton of other cards currently in the marketplace that present some great values both in terms of earning and redeeming points and miles for travel. Here are five you should keep […]

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American Express Platinum Card – Getting Bonus Points and Statement/Airline Credits As Compensation

January 14, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With last month’s news that American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to […]

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American Express Platinum Card – Still Worth It With No American/US Airways and Restricted Delta Lounge Access?

January 13, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With last month’s news that American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to […]

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The Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

January 2, 2014

Since it’s a new year, I’ve already started to hear from a lot of friends and family that they are sick of seeing my amazing travels and not being able to go places themselves. So they’re going to buckle down in 2014 and get into the points and miles game, starting with applying for the […]

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Last Days To Maximize the Amex British Airways 20% Transfer Bonus + Iberia 50% Mileage Transfer Bonus- Worth It?

December 30, 2013

Back in October, Amex launched a 20% transfer bonus to British Airways that ends tomorrow, December 31, and lately, I’ve had a lot of readers (and family members) writing in to ask whether it’s worth taking advantage of even if you don’t have any Avios award redemptions planned in the near future. First, let’s consider […]

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How Can I Spend The $200 Airline Reimbursement From The Amex Platinum Card Before It Expires At The End Of The Year?

December 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. TPG reader Subho emailed me to ask: “I […]

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Reminder: American Express 33% Hilton Transfer Bonus Through January

December 18, 2013

While American Express Membership Rewards points – the points you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards and Platinum cards – usually transfer to Hilton HHonors points at a ratio of 1 Amex point to 1.5 Hilton points, but now through January 31, 2014, there is a 33% transfer bonus, which […]

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Hilton HHonors Surpass Card Bonus Hits 75,000 Points

December 16, 2013

With last year’s launch of the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, American Express – which offers the Hilton Amex and the Hilton Surpass card – was forced to rethink its Hilton co-branded credit card strategy. First Amex revamped the bonus spending categories so that the card now earns the following: 12 points per $1 at […]

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