Chase Sapphire Preferred to Lose First Friday Bonus

The Chase Sapphire Preferred routinely makes the list of top travel rewards cards, in part because it earns 2 points per dollar on travel and dining expenses. Furthermore, for the past few years, Chase has offered a bonus point promotion (3 points per dollar total) for dining purchases made on the first Friday of each month. This…

Not Spending Enough Could Cost You

Every travel site will tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mistakes — his many, many mistakes.  Collecting big sign-up bonuses on credit card offers is by far…

Carlson and AAdvantage Bonuses, Summer Travel Cards and More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Club Carlson Launches Online Booking Bonus Club Carlson is giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 Gold Points per night for reservations made through the Club Carlson website, mobile app or any Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group website at the more than…

IHG Unveils New Spire Elite Membership Level

IHG has announced the name of its Rewards Club’s new top membership level— and it’s called Spire Elite. The perks associated with this new level include 100% bonus points on stays, rollover nights, room upgrades and an exclusive Choice Benefit of either receiving 25,00 points or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum status….

Credit Cards That Offer Primary Car Rental Coverage

As I’ve discussed in the past, two valuable (but often overlooked) benefits of credit cards are travel insurance and secondary auto rental insurance, even though terms are sometimes poorly disclosed and policies can be inadequate. For instance, when you’re covered by secondary car rental insurance provided by your credit card and you damage a rental car in the US, you’ll still have to file a…

Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines

Frontier is continuing to offer special summer deals with one-way flights starting at $29. This deal includes flights from Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Trenton, NJ; Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, PA for domestic, nonstop travel from July 18 to August 31, 2015.  However, it’s about to come to an end; tickets must be purchased by…

5 Reasons to Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Now

Chase Sapphire Preferred has been my go-to card for travel for quite some time. Sure, I use plenty of other cards on a regular basis, but I charge more to my Sapphire than any of the other cards in my wallet. It’s a Visa Signature card, and as a result, has a minimum credit limit of…

Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines

Yesterday Frontier Airlines was offering $21 one-way flights in honor of its 21st birthday. Today, Frontier is continuing the celebration with one-way flights starting at $29.  The good news is that these flights are not just departing from Denver, CO. This deal includes flights from Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for…

What’s the Best Card if I Travel a Lot and Only Fly AA?

TPG reader Robbie tweeted me to ask about the best card for a unique situation: @thepointsguy – “Should I get SPG Amex, ThankYou Premier or Sapphire Preferred? I travel a lot for work and fly AA exclusively, but don’t have a preferred hotel chain.” This is an interesting question, because these three cards have unique…

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have at Once?

TPG reader John messaged me to ask a credit card question: “How many credit cards is too many? Given what you’ve said about the relatively low impact on your credit score, it would seem that 5-10 would be okay. Do you agree? How many cards do you have open at once? What kind of strategy do you recommend?”…