What Are Points & Miles Worth? February Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Chase Drops All Travel Sites from Ultimate Rewards Portal

Shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to rack up extra points and miles for purchases that you’re already making. I highly advise against going directly to a retailer’s website when you can easily use a shopping portal to get a better return. In some instances you can earn huge bonuses, depending on what you’re shopping for. Because Chase Ultimate…

How Can I Share Credit Card Rewards with Business Partners?

TPG reader Nancy emailed me to ask: “My business partner and I are looking for a business credit card that earns miles, but we want to share them.  All of the companies I’ve contacted allow miles to be shared only with a  spouse or domestic partner — not a legally documented business partner! Do you have any…

Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses to Get Before They’re Gone

With some credit card sign-up bonuses exceeding previous offers, others appearing to be in peril due to tenuous brand relationships, and still others facing devaluations within their points programs, it’s a great time to take advantage of several credit card offers that are currently available, but might not be for long. Whether you’re looking to simply increase your…

Hyatt 20% Points Refund on Award Stays Through July

Hyatt Visa cardholders are being offered a limited-time benefit of 20% points refunds on award stays now through July 31, 2015. Here are the details: Register here by March 31, 2015 with your Hyatt Gold Passport number. Book a stay with points and complete your stay before July 31, 2015. Get 20% of your points…

How to Book Marriott Award Stays When You’re Short on Points

In order to maximize your points and miles, you first have to earn them. At least, that’s how it usually works. Today, however, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how Marriott lets you spend points even before they reach your account. Being a points and miles enthusiast can induce some anxiety. You might worry that an unannounced devaluation will derail…

Should I Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Now or Wait?

TPG reader Sofia tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy— “I already have the Chase Ink Plus Business card, but I want more Ultimate Rewards points. What are the chances of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card offering a bigger bonus soon? Should I just apply now?” If Beyoncé had a song about credit card points, I think she’d…

Discounted Hyatt Gift Cards for Amex Platinum Cardholders

Through March 31, 2015, Amex is offering American Express Platinum cardholders a 25% Membership Rewards discount on Hyatt gift cards. With this offer, a $100 gift card will cost 9,000 Membership Rewards points instead of the usual 12,000. You can redeem for hotel stays, dining, spa visits, and more; however, note that these gift cards are only good for use…

Chase Ink Plus 60,000 Ultimate Rewards and No Annual Fee

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus Chase just launched a new limited time offer for the Ink Plus Business Card with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Ultimate Rewards after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months after account opening. Furthermore, while the offer linked above has an annual…

50,000 Miles with United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

Chase has relaunched the United MileagePlus Explorer Business card, (by following this link) with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months of account opening. Normally the bonus on this card is only 30,000 miles, but this new offer now puts it in line with other co-branded airline business cards such as the CitiBusiness…