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Credit Cards That Offer Free Credit Scores

July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, I shared how credit scores are calculated and which credit cards offer cardmembers a free look at their credit scores. In late February, though, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it’s urging major credit card issuers to provide free credit scores and related information to their customers. Several more cards and issuers have since hopped […]

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Honeymoon Travel with Points and Miles

July 23, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers his insights on how to use points and miles to make the most of your honeymoon. Planning vacations with your travel rewards is what this hobby is all about, so how is planning a honeymoon any different than a normal vacation? As you’ll see below, I make the case that […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, I’ve included […]

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Rental Cars For Family Travel

July 18, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at strategies for renting cars that can fit the whole family without breaking the budget. When I travel by myself, I have a simple formula for choosing which size rental car to reserve: I pick the smallest and least expensive car available. Rental car agencies rarely stock sub-compact cars, […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

July 14, 2014

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled […]

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Strategies for Minimizing the TSA Fee Hike

July 14, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to mitigate the increased TSA security fees set to begin next week. As TPG reported recently, the TSA will soon be raising its fees, making airfare more expensive. The current fee is $2.50 per leg, with a cap of $5 per one-way trip or $10 per round trip. Beginning […]

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Which Credit Card is Best for Large Business Expenditures?

July 13, 2014

TPG reader Mark sent me a question on Facebook: “I’m a business owner and charge between $100,000-$200,000 per month. I’ve been using the Citi AAdvantage & Executive Mastercard, but they don’t have high enough limits. Any suggestions?” As a business owner, it’s awesome to be able to put all of your business expenses on a points earning credit […]

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Making Family Travel Easier with Car Seats & Strollers

July 4, 2014

For those of you whose adventures come with infants and toddlers in tow, today TPG Contributor Jason Steele advises on how to minimize the hassle of traveling with a car seat or stroller. My wife and I find that the rewards of family travel exceed the challenges, but there really is little upside to towing child car seats and […]

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Capital One Venture vs. Barclaycard Arrival Plus

June 27, 2014

The past few years have seen a number of fixed value credit cards unveiled in the market.  With the recently increased signup bonus for the Capital One Venture Rewards card (from 20,000 to 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months), it’s now neck and neck with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Mastercard at the front of the pack. […]

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Top Credit Card Offers With No Annual Fee

June 23, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  So far 2014 has been a great year for new credit cards and increased sign up bonuses. Most notably, American Express came out with the first Membership Rewards earning card with no annual fee, the Amex Everyday. While […]

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Capital One Venture Rewards Card Bonus Now 40,000 Miles

June 18, 2014

The Capital One Venture Rewards Card has doubled its sign up bonus from 20,000 miles to 40,000 after $3,000 in spend within the first 3 months and the $59 annual fee is waived the first year. While 20,000 miles was equal to $200 you can now get $400 in travel when redeeming those miles to cover […]

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Family Travel Tips for the Southwest Companion Pass

May 23, 2014

As families grow, trips together get more expensive. With summer vacations approaching, I asked father and TPG contributor Jason Steele to write about how he uses the Southwest Companion Pass to keep costs down on his family travel. The United States may be the hardest place to find multiple award seats at the lowest mileage levels. That ‘s why families often turn […]

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What Is A Point or Mile Worth? My New Monthly Valuation Series

May 14, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. One of the questions I’m asked the most is – how much is a point or mile worth? That question lies at the heart of what we do every day at The Points Guy, […]

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Should I Downgrade My Capital One Venture To A No Annual Fee Or Get A New, Better Card?

May 4, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  TPG reader Dan emailed me with a credit card quandary this week: “I enjoy reading your blog and I had a quick question. I currently have a great credit score (780+) and have 2 credit cards. I have […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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

January 5, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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

November 20, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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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 offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the […]

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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: Some offers mentioned below have expired. Follow these links to view the current offers: Platinum Card from American Express, Business Platinum Card from American Express,  Citi ThankYou Preferred, Capital One Venture Rewards Card. The recent launch of Barclaycard’s two new Arrival card (one with no annual fee and one with an $89 annual fee that’s […]

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