6 Credit Card Strategies for Meeting Your Award Travel Goals

With so many great points and miles credit cards available, it can be hard to know where to start. With newer award travelers in mind, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele walks through several popular redemption goals and outlines the best credit cards for each of them. Are you new to the award…

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,…

Which Card is Best to Avoid Travel Blackout Dates?

TPG reader Christina tweeted me to ask about how to avoid blackout dates with travel rewards: @thepointsguy — “Your thoughts please: I want a card that lets me use points anytime with no blackouts. Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture?” Flexibility is key these days; with airlines and hotels changing the rules, you need to have points…

Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?

TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make a charge. Am I missing something?” There are…

Free Ice Cream for Capital One Customers Today

Starting today Uber is offering perhaps its most delicious promotion yet: Uber will serve ice cream on-demand to its customers in more than 100 cities, and for all you Capital One cardholders good news — your ice cream is free.Details:  1. Open the Uber app between 11am and 5pm ET on Friday, July 24. 2. Select…

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Paris

My most recent visit to Paris was for the city’s busy Fashion Week, which filled up points-friendly hotel options like the Westin Paris – Vendôme, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme and the Prince de Galles. So I took the opportunity to try out a property that’s famous for not being a points hotel — the Mandarin Oriental Paris. There’s…

Maximizing Uber for Both Occasional and Frequent Riders

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at different opportunities for earning points, miles and cash back on Uber rides, and demonstrates one particularly potent strategy for maximizing your return. I’ll be honest, I love Uber. While many cities and countries may not agree with me, the explosion in the popularity of ride-sharing means there is…

Despite Claims, Capital One’s Cards Aren’t the Best for Award Travel

Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at some of the claims made by Capital One about its travel rewards cards, and separates the truths from the half-truths. Several years ago, Capital One launched a new marketing campaign touting the virtues of its travel rewards credit cards, featuring celebrity endorsements from Samuel L. Jackson and (more recently) Jennifer Garner. To say…

Can I Use Points for Hotel Stays in The Hamptons?

TPG reader Carly messaged me about travel in the Hamptons: “I love all your Instagram pictures from the Hamptons, and want to head out there myself this summer. Do you have any recommendation on where to stay? It doesn’t look like there are any hotels where you can use points (or many hotels in general), so…

Does Uber Count as Travel on Chase Sapphire Preferred?

The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well. TPG reader Michael tweeted me to…