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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Capital One Venture Card 50,000 Point Sign Up Bonus – $500 Worth of Travel

January 5, 2014

The Capital One Venture Card usually carries a bonus of between 10,000-20,000 points, but for a limited time, it appears there is a credit card offer out there where you can earn 50,000 points when you apply and spend $3,000 within the first three months, and the $59 annual fee is waived the first year. […]

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Capital One Venture and VentureOne Bonuses Up to 20,000 Points

November 20, 2013

Well, it seems like we’ve got a week of higher sign-up bonuses on our hands, what with new offers on the Sapphire Preferred (up to 55,000 points) and Freedom (up to 20,000 points) cards, and now Capital One has announced that it has upped the sign-up bonuses on its Venture and VentureOne rewards cards to […]

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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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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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Video SRQ: Is It Worth it to Pay a 7% Credit Card Fee to Earn Capital One Rewards Points?

June 9, 2013

TPG reader Katie is doing some home improvements and wants to use her Capital One Venture Rewards card to pay for them, but that might not be the best idea: “We have to have $2,900 worth of work done on the house. Our handyman accepts credit cards, but he’ll have to charge a 7% sales […]

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Maximize Monday: Giving Points And Miles For Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day is more than just a long weekend and a chance to get together with friends for barbecue and beer – it’s a chance to honor the men and women who have died serving in our armed forces. So for today’s Maximize Monday, I wanted to take a look at opportunities all of us […]

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Video SRQ: Can I Earn Points on Prepaid Cards?

April 14, 2013

TPG reader Ruth asked what options there are for earning points and miles if you have poor credit: “For those who have bad credit who want to get a prepaid credit card, is there one where points can be earned as well ? If so, which one?” Unfortunately there are no prepaid cards that give […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons To Get A Travel Credit Card Without An Annual Fee

April 9, 2013

When it comes to travel credit cards, the ones that often get the most attention are the premium ones many issuers offer that allow you to bank points and miles to airline programs or, my favorite, to accrue into a central pool that can be transferred to numerous programs. The thing is, though these sought-after […]

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Maximize Monday: Fixed-Value Travel Points

April 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi ThankYou Preferred card has expired. View the current offer here.  The recent launch […]

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Credit Card Application Reconsideration Line Phone Numbers & Application Status Links

March 22, 2013

This is the fourth post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Which Credit Cards Sign-up Bonuses Can You Get Multiple Times?

December 23, 2012

TPG reader Doug writes: “I’ve gotten about 14 credit cards in the last year. I have gotten nearly all of the ones that I am especially interested in, and am starting to think about canceling some cards so that I can reapply for them down the line. I know the basics: keep your oldest cards to […]

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Ranking Top Fixed-Value Point Credit Cards: Capital One Venture vs. Citi Thank You Premier vs. US Bank FlexPerks

October 22, 2012

While I personally get the most value out of transferable points – like those accrued in the American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards programs – because they give the flexibility to transfer points into a number of airline and hotel programs, fixed value points may make more sense for a certain set of […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Travel Points and Miles Business Credit Cards

July 31, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are the quickest and easiest way to rack up miles and points, especially if you open business credit cards in addition to personal cards. Most issuers will let you get a business credit […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: No Annual Fee Credit Cards for Travelers

July 3, 2012

There are a lot of great rewards credit cards out there that offer lucrative sign-up bonuses and opportunities to redeem points and miles for fantastic travel options. One downside to many of them, though, is the annual fees many of them levy on cardholders each year for the privilege of earning those points and miles. Depending […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Cash Back Versus Travel Credit Cards?

June 17, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  This question comes from TPG reader Jason who asks: “Can you discuss the major differences between cash back credit cards and travel points credit cards?  Obviously travel cards are best for people who like to travel, but […]

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The Top Credit Cards Without Foreign Transaction Fees

June 4, 2012

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: View the current offer for the British Airways Visa. For international travelers, foreign transaction fees are […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Cards for Travelers

May 1, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  1. Starwood American Express: This is one of the best points-earning cards out there, especially because Starpoints can be so valuable thanks to great redemption options including Cash & Points at the over 1,000 Starwood properties all […]

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Capital One Venture Card 100,000 Point Sign-up Bonus is Back With Double Miles Challenge

March 7, 2012

Update: This was a limited-time promotion and is now over. The current offer on the card can be found here. This offer is no longer available. Capital One® VentureSM Rewards Credit Card 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. Earn double miles on every purchase, every day. $59 annual fee waived […]

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Best Canadian Credit Cards for Miles and Points

February 8, 2012

I love Canada. I used to make near weekly business trips to Montreal and Toronto in my old job and nowadays there are many Canadian TPG readers – many of whom sit idly on the side as we gorge ourselves on mega credit card bonuses here in the US. While we are accustomed to 50,000 […]

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Are Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses on the Decline?

January 11, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now reduced to 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. If you read many other frequent flyer blogs, I’m sure you’ve heard that Chase recently […]

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My 2012 Points Strategy: Future Credit Card Applications

January 4, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  This is an installment in the My 2012 Points Strategy Series. Posts include: Taking Credit Card Inventory, Future Credit Card Applications, Airline Elite Status, Hotel Elite Status. As I wrote about yesterday, I’m probably going to close/downgrade a couple credit cards […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Value Your Credit Card Points and What Are Best Cashback Credit Cards?

December 4, 2011

I have advice featured in the NY Times travel section today and at one point I talk about how I value American Express Membership Rewards points at about 2 cents a piece.  NYT reader Roger emailed me questioning my valuation of American Express points: “I just wanted to point something that was mentioned in the […]

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Video Blog Post: When Should I Cancel My Credit Card?

October 17, 2011

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is, “When do I cancel my credit cards?” I filmed a short video while recently at the Andaz West Hollywood to answer this question, however I’ll recap my thoughts below for those who don’t feel like watching. (Pardon the background music in the video – […]

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