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American Express 20% Bonus To Choice Privileges Through November 30, 2013

October 2, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Now through November 30, 2013, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 20% bonus when transferring points to the Choice Privileges program if you’ve got a card that accrues them, such as the Premier Rewards Gold, Platinum or Business Platinum cards. Normally points […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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Maximizing Points For Buying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

September 20, 2013

The wait is finally over for us Apple fans, and the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale this morning – to huge lines and excitement at Apple stores all over the world. While I didn’t camp out on the sidewalk overnight to pick mine up, I  know a lot of readers are […]

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Top Current 50,000+ Point Credit Card Offers

September 19, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. With the reappearance of the 50,000-point sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa announced yesterday, I know many of you might be thinking about applying for it or some of the other credit cards out there offering […]

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New Delta Gold Amex Offer – Including $50 Statement Credit

September 17, 2013

Update: There is a still a live offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express card offering 30,000 miles after $1,000 in spend within the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Today American Express launched a new sign-up offer […]

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40% Virgin America Transfer Bonus From Amex Through September 30

September 16, 2013

Now through September 30th, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 40% bonus when transferring points to Virgin America’s Elevate program. Normally points transfer at a ratio of 2 Amex points to 1 Elevate point, which is a lackluster normal ratio. With this promo, however, you can transfer 200 Amex points to get 140 Elevate points instead. This […]

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Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus If You Are an Additional Cardholder of Another Card?

September 15, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG follower Holly tweeted: “@thepointsguy I’m additional cardholder of my husband’s American Express Platinum – am I still eligible for the Mercedes-Benz Platinum sign up bonus?” Just this week I wrote about how Amex recently changed its […]

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Which Credit Reporting Agencies Banks Use To Pull Your Credit Report – And Why It Matters

September 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  One of the most important things to know when applying for multiple credit cards at a time is which credit bureau each bank pulls your credit report from. There are three main credit bureaus or credit reporting […]

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Amex Changes Mercedes-Benz Platinum Card Bonus Terms – Prior Platinum Cardholders Excluded

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members […]

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Amex Platinum Global Entry Reimbursement + Point Accrual!

September 9, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. As you know by now, one of my favorite travel programs is Global Entry, the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers. It costs $100 to apply, and is good for 5 years once you […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 1,000 Bonus Starwood Points in Latin America, Win 50,000 Hyatt Points

September 7, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles: Now through October 10, 2013, American Airlines is offering up to 30% bonus when sharing miles. You’ll receive a 20% bonus when sharing 5,000-25,000 miles; a 25% bonus for sharing 26,000-40,000 miles or a 30% bonus if you […]

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Amex Small Business Saturday Returns November 30th

September 7, 2013

Since it first took place on November 27, 2010, American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday has become a part of the “post-Thanksgiving” shopping craze, joining Black Friday and Cyber Monday as one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and one on which merchants welcome shoppers with arms wide open in the hopes of […]

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New Amex Business Gold Rewards Bonus Category – 2X Points On Computer Purchases

September 5, 2013

American Express made a big announcement this morning regarding the Business Gold Rewards card: in addition to the current bonus spending categories of 3 points per dollar spent on airfare, 2 points per dollar spent on US purchases of advertising in select media, shipping and gas stations, starting September 16, 2013, cardholders will also earn […]

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Reminder: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Bonus Ends September 3

September 2, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. This is just a friendly reminder that the limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest cards from American Express ends on Tuesday, September 3, so if you are interested in applying but […]

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The Ins and Outs of Earning Starwood Elite Status With The Amex Platinum and SPG Credit Cards

September 2, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Wildcat1 asked: “Now that Amex Platinum gives you SPG Gold Status, do I then only need 25 nights to get to Platinum Status – or do I have to start from zero nights?” One of the perks of the Amex Platinum card is that it automatically gives you Starwood Gold Status, which […]

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Is It Worth Getting the Starwood Amex When I Already Have the Amex Platinum Card?

September 1, 2013

 Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Leo wants to know if he should pick […]

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What is the Maximum Amount I Can Write a Bluebird Check For to Cover a Car Purchase?

September 1, 2013

TPG reader Thomas has a question about the Bluebird account from American Express: “I am planning to buy a new car in 6 months or so. Is it possible to write a check from my Bluebird account for $25,000 or $30,000 after using Vanilla Reloads?  Do you have any other suggestions for obtaining cards with […]

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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. One method that’s widely accepted amongst those that maximize their miles and points – myself included – is to […]

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The American Airlines Award Surcharges Mistake Is A Good Reminder Why Transferable Points Are Best

August 28, 2013

Despite the fact that it probably gave more than a few frequent flyers heart failure, today’s American Airlines award surcharge scare is also a good reminder of both the value of transferable points and the fact that you shouldn’t hoard your miles because they’re almost sure to lose value over time in one way or […]

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SPG Amex Cardholders: Stay 2 Nights, Get a 3rd Night Free with Aloft, Element, or Four Points

August 28, 2013

Since the limited-time bonus offer of 30,000 Starpoints for both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express launched earlier this month, I’ve been extolling the benefits of these cards including the automatic 2 stays/5 nights credit you get towards elite status each year, the extra Starpoints you earn […]

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Understanding Amex Platinum Lounge & Priority Pass Select Benefits

August 28, 2013

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. Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club […]

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Free Amex Bluebird Checks Extended Through January 1, 2014

August 27, 2013

Since its introduction last year, Bluebird by American Express – a debit card-checking account alternative – has been one of the most powerful tools in every points collector’s aresenal thanks to the ability to purchase Vanilla Reloads using points-earning credit cards and load the amount from the Vanilla Reload directly onto the Bluebird card then […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The current bonus for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards is 25,000 points, 10,000 after first purchase and 15,000 after $5,000 spend in the first 6 months.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the same promotions return like the current Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and Chase […]

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Maximizing Targeted Offers and the Card Match Tool

August 23, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. I’m constantly on the lookout for the best credit card deals out there so I can pass them along to my readers and we can all reap the benefits of huge points bonuses and the amazing […]

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