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Can I Get Sapphire Preferred Right After Other Applications?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Amanda sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I’m interested in building a great credit score along with earning cash back or travel rewards. I have the Chase Freedom and Barclaycard Arrival Plus (with the 40,000 mile sign-up bonus), and I’m considering the Chase Sapphire Preferred, since dining out is a big chunk of my budget. […]

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Which Card Is Best for Hotel Elite Status Through Spending?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook asking: “My wife and I both have jobs with minimal travel (less than 10 days a year), but have considerable personal credit card spending, and we’d like to know which is the best hotel branded credit card that offers elite status through spending but doesn’t require […]

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Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

October 27, 2014

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out […]

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How To Still Get The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Sign-Up Bonus

October 20, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a few weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Why Gas Credit Cards Can’t Compare to Travel Rewards

October 20, 2014

Most airlines and hotels have co-branded credit cards that offer a good (or sometimes great) return on spending within the brand. Many gas brands have similar card offerings, but today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains why the value of these cards just doesn’t measure up. Gas isn’t cheap, and it’s a product that most Americans need regularly, so […]

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How Should I Use Chase Ultimate Rewards for Hotel Stays?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ali tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I am looking to book a trip to the Caribbean in January and sitting on a lot of Chase points. Any recommendations on hotels?” Winter is coming, at least for those of us who live in colder climates like the Northeast. A nice getaway to the Caribbean may […]

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Last Chance for Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus

October 18, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card a couple weeks ago, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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Maximizing Credit Card Bonus Categories to Earn More Points

October 17, 2014

Many of the best points-earning credit cards offer cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points or miles in certain merchant categories, whether they be grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, or others. With the diversity of credit cards out there and the sheer variety of purchases the average person makes over the course of a year (or even a […]

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How to Avoid Fuel Surcharges on Award Travel

October 15, 2014

Call me crazy, but I tend to think that if you have to pay for something, it isn’t free. Yet many airlines charge frequent flyers for the privilege of redeeming miles by adding fuel surcharges to award travel. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains which airlines are the worst offenders, and offers some tips for how to avoid these […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Bonus Still Available Until October 19

October 14, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Top Cards That Offer Credits for Airline Incidentals

October 13, 2014

An important step toward getting the most out of your travel is to not only maximize your points and miles, but also to minimize your expenses. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele explains how you can lower your cash outlay for both paid and award tickets by taking advantage of some very useful credit card benefits. Call it unbundling, […]

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Can I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sign-Up Bonus Twice?

October 12, 2014

TPG reader AnneMarie messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Are you allowed to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred sign up bonus more than once? Is there a certain time that you can wait between cards to get the bonus more than once?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been one of my go-to travel cards […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. EveryDay Preferred – Which Card Wins?

October 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a calendar year. That prompted us to reevaluate Amex’s Membership Rewards cards in a showdown that pitted the Premier Rewards Gold against the Platinum and EveryDay Preferred cards. […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Ending Soon

October 9, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card last week, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the […]

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Free $10 Uber Credit from American Express Sync

October 8, 2014

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, it gives you the option to choose between low-cost UberX cars (which actually just lowered fares in 16 markets) and SUV’s when riding with […]

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Top Chase Ink Plus Benefits Along with 70,000 Point Bonus

October 6, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. Last week Chase launched an increased sign-up bonus for the Ink Plus card, offering 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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Sapphire Preferred or Arrival Plus for General Spending?

October 5, 2014

TPG reader Kenny emailed me to ask: “I have both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. I’ve already met the minimum spending requirements to get the bonuses. For all of my travel and dining, I use Sapphire Preferred on top of the Chase Freedom bonus categories. For all my other spending, where […]

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Saving on Family Ski Trips – Flights, Hotels, Lifts & More

October 3, 2014

Maximizing travel is often as much about saving money as it is about earning points. Since winter is coming, I asked TPG Contributor (and avid skier) Jason Steele to share his strategies for keeping family ski vacations affordable. Ski trips make for great family vacations, but the total price can be stunningly high. It’s not uncommon […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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Instant Starwood Points Transfers: The Weekly Wish

October 2, 2014

In the world of award travel, there’s little more frustrating than hunting down the perfect itinerary and locking in on scarce award availability only to have your plans undone by a delay in transferring points from one program to another. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen calls out one notoriously slow transferable points program, and explains why […]

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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

October 1, 2014

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to […]

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7 Top Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

September 30, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. Yesterday, Chase launched a historically high sign-up bonus offer of 70,000 points for the Ink Plus business credit card. However, if you already have the Ink Plus or were thinking […]

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