Amex Platinum 100K & Premier Rewards Gold 50K via Cardmatch

As of today, January 5, 2015, TPG readers have been writing in that they are being offered two amazing deals through the Card Match tool. They are offering a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points sign up bonus for the American Express Platinum Card after spending $3,000 in your first 3 months of Card membership. There is also another lucrative offer…

Top 10 Travel Credit Card Offers for January 2015

Happy new year! 2015 brings new opportunities to maximize your travel rewards, both in terms of earning and redeeming the points and miles that will get you where you want to go. One of the most important aspects of your award travel strategy is deciding which rewards credit cards to apply for and carry, since the sign-up bonuses and…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Five Travel Credit Card New Year’s Resolutions

A new year means new opportunities to maximize your credit card spending and the points and miles it offers. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shares his list of the New Year’s resolutions you should make to maximize your travel rewards credit cards in 2015. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, most people vow to eat healthier, get more sleep,…

TPG’s Top New Year’s Resolutions for Travelers

The TPG team is excited to see if 2015 will bring higher point valuations, cheaper award redemptions and (in a dream world) lower hotel and airfare costs. As a companion piece to our list of fabulous destinations to visit in 2015, TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino has compiled a set of resolutions designed to help us improve our collective…

Top 8 Priority Pass Lounges that Are Worth a Layover

Not all airport lounges are created equal; while some offer little more than shelter from the terminal, the best ones can make your travels much more comfortable, while adding a welcome touch of luxury. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers his selections for the best lounges in the Priority Pass portfolio. If you’re a frequent flyer, you probably value…

Reminder: Use Amex Platinum Airline Statement Credits Today!

It’s the last day of 2014, which means it’s also your last opportunity to make use of credit card benefits that recycle at the start of the new calendar year. There are several cards that offer statement credits for airline incidentals, but whatever credit you haven’t used will disappear once 2015 arrives. The annual $200 airline fee credit…

Should I Get the Amex Platinum or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG reader Matt emailed me to ask: “I am currently 22 and undecided if I should invest in an Amex Platinum or Chase Sapphire Preferred card. I do enjoy traveling, mostly to Las Vegas (and I’m a fan of the Centurion lounge) and on cruises. I’m aware of the annual fees for both cards, but was seeking…

What’s the Best Way to Use Amex Membership Rewards Points?

TPG reader Josh tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I just got 100k Amex Platinum sign-up bonus points. What’s your favorite way to use Amex points?” Josh was lucky enough to be targeted for the 100,000 point sign-up bonus offer for the Amex Platinum card, which is an amazing promotion. I typically like to use my…

Should I Cancel My Delta Suntrust Debit for Amex Platinum?

TPG reader Ryan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–“Is it worth keeping the Delta SunTrust Debit MasterCard or should I use that $75 to upgrade my American Express to Platinum?” The Delta Suntrust Debit MasterCard is one of the few debit cards that lets you earn airline miles. I keep one open and pay the annual fee because…