How Credit Card Issuers Classify Travel and Dining Purchases

Lots of credit cards offer bonuses for spending in certain categories, but those categories aren’t always clear. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which cards give you extra incentive to spend on travel and dining, and exactly which purchases qualify. When a credit card offers you a spending bonus for “travel” expenses, it might…

Your FICO Score and Which Credit Cards Offer It Free

Building a good credit score is important if you want to get approved for the best travel rewards cards. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains the significance of your FICO score, and which credit cards can help you track it to better maintain your credit rating. After a Social Security number, a FICO credit score is perhaps the most important number assigned to Americans,…

What’s the Best Credit Card to Earn Free Domestic Flights?

TPG reader Stacey tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What’s the best travel rewards credit card to earn free flights for domestic travel?” The answer to this question depends heavily on another: what airline(s) do you like to fly? I think the 50,000 point sign-up bonus offers on the Southwest credit cards are a great deal, and are worth over $700…

Five Travel Credit Card New Year’s Resolutions

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. 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…

Credit Card Annual Fees: When Does Paying Make Sense?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:  American Express EveryDay Credit Card, American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card Maximizing award travel means not only getting the most out of your points and miles, but also limiting your cash expenses. To earn big credit card sign-up bonuses, you often have to strike a balance…

Top Business Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, Ink Plus Part of maximizing your award travel is learning to weigh the value of the points and miles you earn against the cost of earning them. This is particularly evident when deciding whether to get a credit card…

Card Comparison: Fixed-Value Earning Points Cards

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at four of the top fixed-value points programs and the credit cards that can help you maximize each of them. There are three types of travel rewards: transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards; program specific rewards like airline miles or hotel points; and fixed-value points, where…

Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN Many of the best points-earning…

How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these…

Saving on Family Ski Trips – Flights, Hotels, Lifts & More

Maximizing travel is often as much about saving money as it is about earning points. Since winter is coming, I asked TPG Contributor (and avid skier) Jason Steele to share his strategies for keeping family ski vacations affordable. Ski trips make for great family vacations, but the total price can be stunningly high. It’s not uncommon…