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Is it Better to Focus on Collecting Hotel Points or Airline Miles?

April 13, 2014

Joining Delta, United, Southwest and Air Canada‘s recent devaluations of their mileage programs, this past week saw big, sudden changes from American Airlines, including new fees and the raising of several different award levels. With the current mileage landscape in mind, TPG reader Katrina tweeted me the following timely question: “@thepointsguy In light of recent airline mileage program devaluations, does it make […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Which Are the Best Credit Cards for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Barclaycard Arrival or Amex EveryDay?

March 30, 2014

Earlier this month, I answered the question Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival? Now I’ve received an email from TPG reader Chaz, who’s torn between these two cards and a brand new one on the scene – the Amex EveryDay cards: “I’m trying to decide between two of three credit cards: Amex […]

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Is There A Way To Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Into Delta Miles?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Paris recently reached out on Twitter with an interesting question about when it might make sense to transfer Chase points to a non-transfer partner like Delta. “Is there a way to transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to non-transfer partners like Delta?” The answer is yes, but at a terrible ratio, let me explain. I […]

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Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Suzanne emailed me a question this week about the Chase Sapphire Preferred she’s planning on applying for: “I have the Chase Freedom, but the TPG Maximizer recommended I get Chase Sapphire Preferred for better benefits. In this case, I was wondering if its more beneficial for me to add my fiance to my […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Getting The United MileagePlus Club Card?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Paul emailed me with a question about the United MileagePlus Club Card: “In your list of recommended cards, you rarely mention the United MileagePlus Club Card. It gives you Club access and 1.5 miles per $1, but even if you don’t use the Club privileges, and charge more than $75,000 per year, the […]

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Reminder: Activate Chase Freedom 5X at Restaurants and Lowe’s April-June 2014

March 17, 2014

One of the best ways out there to rack up bonus points on specific spending categories is with Chase Freedom’s quarterly rotating categories of merchants and retailers where cardholders earn 5 points per $1 up to a $1,500 quarterly cap. The categories for the entire year are as follows: Q1 from January 1-March 31, 2014: […]

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Can You Play the Credit Card Game Forever?

March 16, 2014

One of my best friends, Mike, follows my lead and plays the credit card game for mileage bonuses. (In fact, he just flew business class for almost nothing to meet up with me here in Dublin for a vacation.) Having read that I got four new credit cards and 230,000 points last week, he asked me a […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card to Maximize Points Earning On A Road Trip?

March 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG Reader Patrick emailed me to ask about which credit card to use during a road trip: “I’m planning a cross-country road trip in May-June of this year, driving from Los Angeles to New York and back. I […]

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Can I Transfer Chase Ultimate Reward Points From A Family Member’s Account To Mine?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader William emailed me to ask: “I have had a Chase Sapphire Preferred for quite awhile. I recently had my wife get her own card. We are finishing up the minimum spending and her 40,000 points will post shortly. I’d like to know if I can transfer her Ultimate Reward points to my Ultimate […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Today

March 7, 2014

It’s almost lunchtime on the east coast, which means you’re probably thinking about where to eat and hopefully which credit card to use to maximize the points on your dining purchase, so I wanted to post a reminder that today is the first Friday of March and you can earn 3X points per $1 at […]

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Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Barclaycard Arrival?

March 2, 2014

TPG reader Lance sent me a Facebook message this week to ask me about which credit card he should get. “I already have an American Express Platinum and Starwood cards, but I want to get another card that allows me to use points for travel expenses and statement credits. I’m deciding between the Barclaycard Arrival […]

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Top 5 Current Travel Credit Card Offers

February 18, 2014

In light of the news that the Barclaycard Arrival will be raising its sign-up bonus minimum spending requirement from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days any time now, as well as the current 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, I know a lot of you are considering a round of […]

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How To Get Your Chase Sapphire Preferred 7% Dividend Information Before It Posts

February 13, 2014

One of the benefits of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card – apart from the 2X spending bonus on travel and dining, and no foreign transaction fees – is the 7% annual dividend you get on all the points you earned during the previous calendar year. You earn 7% based on all the points you earn […]

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How To Get 1.34 Cents Per Point For Travel With Chase Freedom

February 12, 2014

This week, Mommy Points pointed out a little-known aspect of the Chase Freedom cards where you can get up to 1.34 cents apiece in value for the Ultimate Rewards points it earns you. Normally with the Freedom card, your Ultimate Rewards points are worth 1 cent apiece when redeemed for travel or cash back – […]

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What’s The Best Travel Rewards Credit Card For Someone Young Without Great Credit?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Cliff is young and doesn’t have great credit, and he emailed to ask what reward credit card options he has: “I’m young and don’t have great credit. Are there airline credit cards designed for people like me?” Having good credit is essential if you want to be able to apply for several credit […]

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Reminder: Chase First Friday 3X Points on Dining Tomorrow, February 7, 2014

February 6, 2014

Last year, Chase launched a program called First Friday where cardholders of the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire cards would earn 3X points per $1 at restaurants on the first Friday of every month (instead of the normal 2X points per $1). Then in January, they announced that First Friday would be extended throughout 2014 as […]

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Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

February 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement […]

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Top 10 Current Credit Card Bonuses for A Round of Applications

January 28, 2014

In the credit card game, when great offers come along, you’ve got to hop on them fast. Sign-up bonuses are the fastest way to rack up a lot of points or miles, and in order to maximize the great deals out there, a lot of folks apply for multiple cards in a single day. The […]

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The 5 Most Overlooked Travel Credit Card Offers Right Now

January 16, 2014

I spend a lot of time talking about the top travel credit cards including the Sapphire Preferred and Platinum Amex, but there are a ton of other cards currently in the marketplace that present some great values both in terms of earning and redeeming points and miles for travel. Here are five you should keep […]

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Reader Giveaway: Sundance Film Festival Opening Day Package For Two

January 13, 2014

Back in October, Chase Ultimate Rewards was selling exclusive packages to the Sundance Film Festival,which begins this Thursday, January 16th. There were four separate packages available – Opening Weekend Celebration, Closing Weekend Celebration (both were $4,000 or 400,000 points each), Opening Day tickets or Closing Night and Ceremony tickets ($300 or 30,000 points). I ended […]

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How Soon Will I See My Chase Sapphire Preferred Annual Points Dividend?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader John sent me a Facebook message asking: “How quickly after the first of the year do your Chase Sapphire Preferred dividend bonus?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my all-time top travel credit cards, and is the credit card I recommend most to family and friends because it offers really lucrative category […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Southwest Visa 50,000 Points Offers Are Back! – Expired

January 9, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Offer expired March 9, 2014. Chase has relaunched limited-time offers of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas  – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and […]

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Reminder: Chase Freedom 5X Categories For 2014 Q1 Include Gas Stations, Movie Theaters and Starbucks

January 6, 2014

One of the best ways out there to rack up bonus points on specific spending categories is with Chase Freedom’s quarterly rotating categories of merchants and retailers where cardholders earn 5 points per $1 up to a $1,500 quarterly cap. The categories for the entire year are as follows: Q1 from January 1-March 31, 2014: […]

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