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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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Which Card for Cash Back: Citi Double Cash or Amex Fidelity?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Zach messaged me on Facebook to ask: “I’ve been considering switching to the Citi Double Cash card; this would replace my Fidelity Investment Rewards card that earns two percent cash back. Since the Citi card is MasterCard and the Fidelity one is American Express, I thought maybe the Citi card would be accepted in more […]

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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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Maximizing Points, Miles, and Dollars at the Spa

October 14, 2014

From the Away Spa at the W Vieques in Puerto Rico to the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel in Chicago, some of my most relaxing travel experiences have come at the hands of hotels and resorts that offer spa services. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for how to make spa visits less expensive and […]

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Bank of America Launches New Preferred Rewards Program

October 8, 2014

The travel rewards credit card market is always evolving, with new opportunities popping up just as fast as others disappear. While this year will spell the end of some cards and benefits, we’ve also seen new ones arise, like primary rental insurance on the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the launch of the new Citi Double Cash card. This week it’s Bank of America’s […]

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Amex SimplyCash Business Card Increased Sign-Up Bonus

September 24, 2014

American Express just refreshed the sign-up bonus offer for the Amex SimplyCash Business Card. The current bonus, which is available until February 24, 2015, offers a statement credit of $250 after you spend $5,000 on the card in your first six months of card membership. While that overall 5% return is somewhat meager compared to other sign-up bonuses, […]

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Ranking the Top Cash-Back Credit Cards

September 23, 2014

Because I’m so focused on travel, I tend to prefer credit cards that specifically offer travel benefits, such as co-branded cards that earn airline miles or hotel points, or those that earn transferable points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards (which I can use to top up my loyalty accounts when I need to). However, as I always say, […]

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Maximizing Sports Purchases: Tickets, Apparel, TV, and More

September 9, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to maximize purchases for sports fans. Fall is my favorite time of year, not just for the approaching cooler weather and the holidays it ushers in, but also because fall (in my humble opinion) is the absolute best time to be a sports fan. The college football season is less than two […]

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Maximizing Computer Purchases: Points, Bonuses, & More

September 2, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for how to get the most out return from a new computer purchase, including how to find the best price, maximize rewards, and protect your investment.  This week, students and teachers across their country are begrudgingly setting their alarms, sharpening pencils, and preparing for a new school year. With more and more […]

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Back to School Shopping Strategies for Points and Miles

August 12, 2014

With a new academic year nearly upon us, Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies for back to school shopping to help you save money and maximize points & miles earning for your expenses. It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season has arrived again. For some, classes have already begun, while others have just a few days or […]

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Up to $1,050 in Statement Credit with Amex Plum Card

July 29, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: SimplyCash Business Card from American Express One of the key tenets of maximizing miles and points is that you should try to get something back for every dollar you spend- whether that be miles, points or cash.  Personally, I like racking up miles […]

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When Does It Make Sense to Use Miles Over Paying For a Flight?

April 20, 2014

What with credit card sign-up bonuses, promotions, buy miles promotions, and more, there are a lot of ways to build up your points wealth, but knowing when to use your points and miles definitely takes some skill! One of my best friends sent me a text over the weekend asking: Does it makes sense to use […]

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Maximizing Cash Back Credit Cards

January 27, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, SimplyCash Business Card from American Express While I tend to talk most about the best credit cards for earning points and miles towards travel, cash back credit cards can be a great alternative for a […]

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Comparing The 5% Categories Of Discover it Card And Chase Freedom

August 19, 2013

Update: The current cash back categories for the Discover It card can be found here. To see the current 5% categories for the Freedom card visit this link. I currently don’t have a Discover card because I prefer to accrue airline miles and hotel points, but several readers have recently emailed me about how they […]

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Chase Enhances AARP Card Benefits: Worth It?

May 7, 2013

Chase just launched a new enhanced version of its AARP Visa Signature card that includes 3% cash back on gas and restaurant purchases with no caps and no annual fee. The card comes with an introductory offer of $100 cash back when you spend $500 in the first three months of account opening and 0% […]

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I May Finally Get a Delta American Express Card…

April 19, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The below offers for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex, Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Cash Everyday are no longer available through the Card Match Tool. Offers expired: September 1, 2013 As I reflected in a […]

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Sunday Reader Questions: Any Good Debit Card Rewards Programs Left?

October 14, 2012

Update: PerkStreet Financial will be closing permanently and ceasing all business operations on September 26, 2013. TPG reader Edward asks a more general question about debit card reward programs: “I was reading your blog while looking for a debit rewards program. Can you recommend any debit card rewards programs?” Unfortunately, while debit cards used to be […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: No Annual Fee Credit Cards for Travelers

July 3, 2012

There are a lot of great rewards credit cards out there that offer lucrative sign-up bonuses and opportunities to redeem points and miles for fantastic travel options. One downside to many of them, though, is the annual fees many of them levy on cardholders each year for the privilege of earning those points and miles. Depending […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Cash Back Versus Travel Credit Cards?

June 17, 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 Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here.  This question comes from TPG reader Jason who asks: “Can you discuss the major differences between cash back credit […]

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Best Cashback Credit Cards For Students

April 24, 2012

Best Cashback Credit Cards For Students Graduation season will be here soon, and a lot of TPG readers are young people just getting started with credit, so I thought I’d have a TPG contributor named Mark, himself a recent college grad, write about the best cashback cards for college students looking to build their credit. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Value Your Credit Card Points and What Are Best Cashback Credit Cards?

December 4, 2011

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: SimplyCash Business Card from American Express I have advice featured in the NY Times travel section today and at one point I talk about how I value American Express Membership Rewards points at about 2 cents a piece.  NYT reader Roger emailed […]

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Huge Earning Potential With Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Checking Combination

July 26, 2011

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. I generally don’t pay much attention to cash-back cards, because I find more value in earning points and miles that can be used for travel. With travel cards I […]

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