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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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The Ultimate Guide To American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers

August 19, 2013

Following up on his Ultimate Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfer Options, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at the airline partners of American Express Membership Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – as a comprehensive web […]

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Which Card Is Better – The Club Carlson Visa or Starwood American Express?

August 18, 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. TPG follower Eric is weighing his hotel credit card options and wants to know: “‪@thepointsguy‬ would you recommend the Starwood Preferred Guest 30,000 point American Express card or the Club Carlson 85,000 point Visa?“ I […]

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Updated Options for Earning Airline Miles from Debit Cards

August 14, 2013

While points-earning debit cards are few and far between – and getting rarer by the day! – there are still some out there that offer a good alternative to getting a credit card if you want to maximize your miles. I can’t value travel credit cards and the points they can earn you enough, but […]

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Spotlight on Starwood Elite Status and Why I Continue To Requalify for Platinum

August 14, 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. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to hotel elite status, there’s a lot to consider among the various chains. […]

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Saving Money and Maximizing Points and Perks With American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts

August 13, 2013

As I’ve discussed often in the past, the  Fine Hotels and Resorts program from American Express is an online booking portal for hotels that comes as a cardholder perk for folks who have the Platinum and Business Platinum cards as well as the Mercedes-Benz Platinum and Centurion cards. Hotels that participate in the FHR program offer cardholders […]

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American Express and Wells Fargo Teaming Up To Launch New Credit Cards

August 9, 2013

When it comes to rewards credit cards, I believe that the more competition- the better. With more players in the marketplace competing for the same crowd of creditworthy consumers, we’ve seen sign-up bonuses and promotions increase drastically over the last 5 years. There could be another player in the mix soon: Wells Fargo. This week […]

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