Q2 Chase Freedom Cash Back Bonus Includes Uber and Lyft

Please be advised that the information below may not reflect current promotions. When Chase announced its 5% Freedom Bonus Categories for 2016, the promo’s broad labeling of Local Commuter Transportation was cause for some confusion – what exactly would be included? Would Local Commuter Transportation include popular ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft? Even so, it’d be…

Chase Unveils 5x Freedom Bonus Categories For 2016

Please be advised that the promotions listed may not be current. Chase Freedom’s latest cash-back promotion is officially available for enrollment, along with the announcement of 2016’s upcoming bonus categories. A couple weeks ago, a TPG Reader tipped us off to the first of 2016’s 5% cash back categories — gas stations and local commuter transportation. Starting…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for December 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Preferred, British Airways Visa November was a big month in terms of loyalty-program news. Marriott announced plans to acquire Starwood, American Airlines unveiled huge changes to its AAdvantage miles program and amidst more competition, Chase finally raised the sign-up…

7 Great Low-Tech Travel Accessories for $15 or Less

With the holiday travel season upon us, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten offers his recommendations for travel accessories that are so simple and inexpensive, anyone can use and afford them. (All photos are courtesy of Amazon.com, unless otherwise noted.) There are a lot of great electronic gadgets and apps out there to help make traveling…

Top 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for November 2015

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – British Airways Visa 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…

Should I Get the Bank of America Travel Rewards Card?

TPG reader Raji sent me a tweet to ask about a credit card loyalty program that doesn’t get a lot of ink: @ThePointsGuy — “How do you rate the Bank of America Travel Rewards card for traveling and earning points?” Cash-back and fixed-value rewards aren’t a focus of my personal award travel strategy, because I generally…

Is the Amex Plenti Rewards Program Worth Using?

TPG reader Stephen sent me a message on Facebook to ask about a new rewards program from Amex: “Hi! I’ve been enjoying your postings. What are your thoughts about Plenti?” Earlier this year, Amex launched a new loyalty program called Plenti, which offers rewards across a coalition of merchant and retail partners. The roster is still small,…

Is the Arrival Plus Card Better than 2% Cash Back Rewards?

TPG Reader Maxwell emailed to ask about why one cash-back card doesn’t get more attention: “Why the love for Barclaycard Arrival Plus, when Citi Double Cash offers 1% back initially plus another %1 with no annual fee?” The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard has been one of the most popular travel rewards credit cards since the sign-up…

Learning to Travel for Free — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…