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7 Ways to Get Great Value from the British Airways Visa

November 26, 2014

In the travel rewards game, earning points and miles is only one half of the equation. How you spend them is what really determines what they’re worth, and how far they’ll take you. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for using British Airways Avios earned from the co-branded Chase credit card. In this month’s ranking of TPG’s top […]

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The Fidelity Amex Card: Is 2% Cash Back Good Enough?

November 5, 2014

Cash-back rewards are often passed over by award travel enthusiasts for more glamorous airline and hotel points, but they can play an important role in your overall earning strategy. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at one of the stronger cash-back credit card options, and discusses whether it should have a place in your wallet. When it comes to […]

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Should the JetBlue Amex Card Earn a Spot in Your Wallet?

October 23, 2014

I’ve made no secret of my disappointment over recent devaluations by legacy carriers. As I’ve considered which airline deserves the bulk of my business, I’ve been happy to try out new service, like my upcoming flight on JetBlue’s new Mint Business Class to Los Angeles. Along with the actual flying, I’ve been contemplating which co-branded airline cards I plan […]

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Which Virgin America Visa Signature Card is Best for You?

October 8, 2014

I’m a fan of over-the-top credit card sign-up bonuses that offer a bonanza of miles all at once, but there are plenty of cards with less substantial bonuses that are worth having for their other benefits. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shows us the ins and outs of two such cards from Virgin America, and offers some guidelines for deciding […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus or No-Fee Version: Which Card Wins?

September 24, 2014

There are a number of factors that go into choosing a travel rewards card. Since credit cards have a wide range of unique benefits, comparisons are often apples to oranges. However, some cards are similar enough that deciding between them boils down to just a few key points. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen compares the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite […]

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Citi ThankYou Premier: Should This Be Your Next Card?

September 3, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the Citi ThankYou Premier, including its earning potential, redemption options, and how it stacks up against its main competitor, the Chase Sapphire Preferred. A few months ago, Citi announced changes to the ThankYou Rewards program, adding 8 airline transfer partners to go along with their existing hotel partner, […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Ups Auto Coverage, Nixes Dividend

July 21, 2014

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is one of the top all-around travel credit cards- offering both valuable earning capability (2 points per dollar spent on travel and dining) and strong redemption options with 11, 1:1 transfer partners and 1.25 cents per point when redeemed for travel through Ultimate Rewards. Benefit Changes This weekend, Chase made […]

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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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7 Top Hotel Credit Cards for Free Nights

June 5, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. With the recent news of the 30,000 point bonuses for Amex Starwood cards (EXPIRED) and the $100 statement credit with the Citi Hilton Reserve card (EXPIRED), I thought it was time to review what I see as the best hotel credit card […]

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Is the Amex Centurion Card Worth The $2,500 Annual Fee?

May 22, 2014

With all the recent changes to the American Express Platinum Card, including the loss of American Admirals Club and US Airways Club access in March, and restrictions on Delta SkyClub access to the cardholder only (no guests) starting May 1, premium Amex cardholders might be looking for a new product. Some of you may even be considering Amex’s highly-touted […]

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New Barclaycard Arrival Plus With Chip + PIN Capability

May 14, 2014

Today Barclays announced a re-branding of its popular Arrival World MasterCard to a souped up, sleeker version known as the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard. Arrival Plus offers the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. All existing cardholders will start receiving the […]

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Card Review: LANPASS Visa Signature Card by U.S. Bank

May 7, 2014

With major devaluations from United and Delta as well as a string of surprise announcements from American Airlines/US Airways, I’ve been taking a closer look at foreign frequent flyer programs, including their co-branded credit cards. If you’re as big a fan of traveling in Latin America as I am and have dreams of visiting Peru’s Macchu […]

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Credit Card Review: Barclaycard Hawaiian Airlines Elite World Mastercard

March 11, 2014

Last month, Barclaycard launched all-new Hawaiian Airlines credit cards, which are loaded with a ton of new perks and benefits (plus a pretty solid sign-up bonus). The New Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you make $1,000 in eligible purchases in the first 90 days Enjoy a Complimentary Checked Bag for […]

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Amex Business Platinum Card Review: 25,000 Bonus Ending- Worth It?

October 23, 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. Offer expired October 29, 2012: The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN Welcome Offer: Get 25,000 Membership […]

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Card Review: US Bank FlexPerks Visa Signature

July 5, 2012

I’ll be honest, I’ve always turned my nose at fixed-value award programs because they limit the maximum value you can get out of the program. What’s the fun in getting a single measly cent per point? Fixed-value programs make traveling in expensive first class cabins, like my recent Cathay Pacific trip, nearly impossible since the redemptions […]

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Canadian RBC Visa Infinite Avion Card Review

May 14, 2012

This post comes to us courtesy of a new Canadian TPG Contributor named Ola who tells us about the ins and outs of one of the best credit cards on the market, RBC’s Visa Infinite Avion card, for you Canadian readers looking to maximize your credit card strategy. Brian talked in a previous post about the […]

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United MileagePlus Club Card Review: Is It Worth It?

May 3, 2012

After the final merger of Continental and United and the end of the OnePass Plus and Presidential Plus cards, United announced it would be releasing a new version of the MileagePlus Club Card comparable to Continental’s old Presidential Plus card, with many of the same benefits. Unfortunately the Flex EQM benefits (the ability to earn […]

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Review: Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonus

February 10, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  UPDATE: The current Ritz-Carlton sign-up offer is up to 70,000 points. New TPG Contributor Series: Financial and travel writer Jason Steele takes a look at the various perks and pitfalls of the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card. Competition […]

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Chase Slate Card Review: No Interest for 15 Months and No Balance Transfer Fees

February 6, 2012

Credit cards are an amazing way to rack up free miles and points very quickly, but you can also get burned if you don’t manage your finances appropriately. The APRs on most mileage earning credit and charge cards are usually very high and if you are carrying a balance, the interest you pay can easily […]

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Capital One Venture Card Review

October 4, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  A ton of my reader email is around credit cards and lately I’ve gotten a lot of questions around Capital One since I haven’t written about them as much as some of the other card issuers. As such, […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 11: Gold and Premier Rewards Gold Card Comparison

July 18, 2011

This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post 4: Platinum Card Review. Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners. Post 6: Oneworld Transfer Partners. Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 4: Platinum Card Review

April 25, 2011

This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post 4: Platinum Card Review. Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners. Post 6: Oneworld Transfer Partners. Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer […]

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