A Post-Merger Q&A with Marriott’s Thom Kozik and SPG’s David Flueck

While many SPG members were dreading a doomsday scenario once the Marriott-Starwood merger became finalized, that’s absolutely not the case. With today’s news that the two brand’s loyalty programs can now be linked for status-matching, points transfers and more, we finally have answers to many of the questions that have been on our minds —…

Ink Cash Business Card Offering an Increased Sign-Up Bonus

The Ink Cash Business Card is a great pick for earning Ultimate Rewards points — especially if you can maximize the 5% back/5x categories. (To do so, you’ll also need to hold a UR points-earning card, but with the recently introduced Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, not to mention the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Ink…

The Top Rewards Credit Cards With No Fee in the First Year

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express With the recent launch of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about this premium travel rewards card and how it stacks up to the…

All About the Chase Private Client Program

Travelers often use their credit cards to earn elite status with airlines, hotel programs and even rental car companies. And in a way, being a member of the Chase Private Client program is like having elite status — with one of the most important banks and travel rewards credit card issuers. In today’s post, I want to discuss…

Attending the Emmy Awards as a Chase Sapphire Cardholder

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Sapphire Reserve are favorites of many award travel enthusiasts. The Sapphire Preferred has been popular for some time by offering double points on all travel and dining purchases, while the new Sapphire Reserve Card ups the ante by offering a 100,000-point sign-up bonus (after spending $4,000 in three months), 3x…

Should I Keep the Hyatt Visa If I Get the Sapphire Reserve?

TPG reader Austin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about co-branded credit cards: “Since Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at 1:1, does it make sense to have both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Hyatt Visa card?” When you’re deciding whether to keep or cancel a credit card, it’s important to look at the big…

The Top Credit Cards with 0% Intro APR

While we don’t ever recommend carrying a balance on a credit card, there are times when a large purchase or emergency situation arises and having a 0% APR credit card can be a lifesaver. 0% APR credit cards also apply the 0% rate to balance transfers, which can give you time to pay down large debt…

Chase Freedom Q4 5x Bonus: Wholesale Clubs, Department & Drug Stores

Chase Freedom’s latest promotion is officially available for enrollment. From October 1 to December 31, you’ll earn 5% cash back (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on purchases made at wholesale clubs (BJ’s, Sam’s Club and Costco), drug stores and — just in time for holiday shopping — department stores. But, no matter how generous you’re feeling this holiday season, the 5%/5x…

How I Was Able to Get Approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve

For me, the past month has caused major FOMOP (Fear of Missing Out on Points). While I’ve been happy that TPG readers have been pulling in millions — if not billions — of Ultimate Rewards points, I’ve felt like I’ve been missing out on something. I applied for the Chase Sapphire Reserve the first day…

Buy Two Nights, Get One Free With Hilton and Visa Signature

Update: Although this promotion wasn’t scheduled to end until December 31, Visa has already pulled it, citing “unexpected popularity.” The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection can offer great value for cardholders. And with the program’s current promotion, Visa’s offering a pretty irresistible deal: Get one night for free when you book two nights or more at participating properties….