5 Tips for Planning Great Family Trips

Despite harrowing tales of screaming babies and spilled airplane drinks, traveling with children doesn’t have to be painful. Having lived and traveled abroad with her family of four, new TPG Contributor Jessica Lawler offers her insights into planning more organized, efficient and affordable trips that will create lasting memories for your own family.  In the last…

5 Chase Sapphire Preferred Benefits You Might Not Know About

Travel rewards credit cards tend to make headlines for big sign-up bonuses and premium perks, but there are plenty of other factors that deserve your consideration. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers insights into some of the more subtle benefits of one of my favorite cards. There are a multitude of travel rewards credit cards available from dozens of…

The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Each Bonus Category

Readers frequently ask me which rewards card to use for spending in a certain category. Each card has its strengths, and many offer bonus points for certain types of purchases. By using the best card for the job at hand, you can maximize each dollar spent, and earn a solid return of points and miles. Today, I’ll share…

Is the Marriott Rewards Premier 80,000-Point Bonus Worth it?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card TPG Reader Enrique wrote in to ask about one of the latest sign-up bonus offers: “Is the Marriott Rewards Premier card with an 80,000-point bonus worth getting?” Marriott recently released a limited-time increased sign-up bonus offer for the…

Do I Earn Hotel Points for Booking Through Ultimate Rewards?

TPG reader Brent tweeted me to ask about earning rewards when booking through Chase Ultimate Rewards: @thepointsguy — “Is it correct that I will earn airline miles for flights booked on Chase Ultimate Rewards, but I won’t earn hotel points?” There are a lot of different ways to redeem your points and miles, and if you have a…

Which Card is Best to Avoid Travel Blackout Dates?

TPG reader Christina tweeted me to ask about how to avoid blackout dates with travel rewards: @thepointsguy — “Your thoughts please: I want a card that lets me use points anytime with no blackouts. Chase Sapphire Preferred or Capital One Venture?” Flexibility is key these days; with airlines and hotels changing the rules, you need to have points…

The 11 Coolest Artisanal Ice Cream Makers in America

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. Since the temperature keeps rising, TPG Contributor Jason Kessler has highlighted the 11 most inventive artisanal ice cream makers all over America so you can…

Chase Sapphire Preferred Travel Spending Bonus Not Going Away

On Sunday, I answered a reader question about possible credit-card pairings for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which is probably my top all-round travel card thanks to great benefits like waived foreign transaction fees, Smart Chip technology, primary rental car insurance and bonus earning categories of dining and travel. However, some readers seemed to be a…

Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?

TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the clear answer is the American Express Everyday Preferred card, because you earn 3 points per dollar…

A Trip to Maui and the Big Island on Points and Miles

Hawaii is only a five-hour plane ride from the West Coast, and with so many flight and hotel options, the destination is an all-you-can-book buffet of points and miles. For those of you interested in planning your own trip to Hawaii, TPG Contributor William Morse shares how he booked a luxury trip to Maui and the Big Island almost…