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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

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 lot of folks out there thanks to a few factors. First, instead of just a particular airline or hotel co-branded card where you can only use […]

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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.  This question comes from TPG reader Jason who asks: “Can you discuss the major differences between cash back credit cards and travel points credit cards?  Obviously travel cards are best for people who like to travel, but […]

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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

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 me questioning my valuation of American Express points: “I just wanted to point something that was mentioned in the […]

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

July 26, 2011

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now reduced to 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. 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 generally get at […]

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