Quadruple-Dip with Points, Miles, & Discounts at Restaurants

I love dining out, and I love it even more when it helps pad my loyalty accounts. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to combine strategies and earn travel rewards up, down, and sideways for every dollar you spend at restaurants. I often tell friends and family that my award travel addiction hobby is like extreme…

New Chase Freedom and Discover It 5% Categories for 2015

When it comes to maximizing credit card spending, it pays to know which cards offer bonus points when you use them at specific merchants. Among the best of these bonuses are the 5% quarterly rotating categories of the Chase Freedom and Discover It cards. Each of these cards offers 5x points or 5% cash back…

Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:  American Express EveryDay Credit Card, American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card 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…

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

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…

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

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…

Maximizing Points, Miles, and Dollars at the Spa

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…

Bank of America Launches New Preferred Rewards Program

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…

Amex SimplyCash Business Card Increased Sign-Up Bonus

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,…

Ranking the Top Cash-Back Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Blue Cash Preferred from American Express 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…

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

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…