5 Things to Understand About Credit Before Applying for Cards

Credit cards are one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn points and miles — from sign-up bonuses to earning points on everyday spending and even getting some pretty neat perks on top of it all. It’s easy to get carried away with all of the options that are available, and it seems like issuers are…

5 Ways BLADEone Is Bringing Back the Golden Age of Travel

Private jet service has been becoming increasingly more accessible, thanks to Uber-like jet-sharing services that dramatically reduce the cost of flying on a private jet versus chartering your own. The newest is BLADEone, which is the first jet service from BLADE, which has provided helicopter service from NYC to the Hamptons and other local vacation spots….

How To Use The CardMatch Tool to Get Even Better Sign-Up Offers

Every so often, targeted credit card sign-up bonus offers come around that can be much higher than the available public offers on the same cards. One of the best places to look for these offers is through the CreditCards.com CardMatch Tool. CardMatch allows you you to see if there are any special credit card offers targeted specifically to you,…

Is the Capital One Venture Rewards Card Worth Getting?

TPG reader Anna-Lena emailed me with a question about the Venture Rewards program: “Is the Capital One Venture Rewards card worth it? It sounds good (thanks to no blackout dates) — what’s the catch?” Not all travel rewards are created equal; some programs (such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest) offer incredible value…

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…