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Maximizing Fee-Free Chase Gift Cards With Bluebird

September 9, 2013

Chase announced to its cardholders on their most recent credit card statements that they would stop selling Visa debit gift cards as of September 22, 2013, and because branches are not selling them at this time, the bank is waiving the standard $4.95 per-card shipping fee. So for the next two weeks, you can buy […]

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Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard Offering 12,000 Bonus Points – But Why You Shouldn’t Get it

August 30, 2013

The Amtrak Guest Rewards World Mastercard is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 12,000 bonus points after you spend $500 in the first 3 months. You’ll earn 2 points per dollar spent on Amtrak, and one point per dollar on everything else. The card has no annual fee, and it grants Amtrak Guest Rewards members the ability to […]

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Applying For The Best Credit Cards – The Top Deals For Your Round Of Applications

August 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit card sign-up bonuses are the quickest and easiest way to rack up a lot of points. One method that’s widely accepted amongst those that maximize their miles and points – myself included – is to […]

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The American Airlines Award Surcharges Mistake Is A Good Reminder Why Transferable Points Are Best

August 28, 2013

Despite the fact that it probably gave more than a few frequent flyers heart failure, today’s American Airlines award surcharge scare is also a good reminder of both the value of transferable points and the fact that you shouldn’t hoard your miles because they’re almost sure to lose value over time in one way or […]

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Top Current Credit Card Offers With First Year Annual Fee Waived

August 27, 2013

Update: The current bonus for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards is 25,000 points, 10,000 after first purchase and 15,000 after $5,000 spend in the first 6 months.  2013 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses. Not only have we seen some of the same promotions return like the current Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and Chase […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

August 20, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – […]

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Comparing The 5% Categories Of Discover it Card And Chase Freedom

August 19, 2013

Update: The current cash back categories for the Discover It card can be found here. To see the current 5% categories for the Freedom card visit this link. I currently don’t have a Discover card because I prefer to accrue airline miles and hotel points, but several readers have recently emailed me about how they […]

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Chase Pulls Online Ultimate Rewards Purchases; Still Available Over The Phone- Worth It?

August 7, 2013

TPG follower Thomas tweeted me that he had tried to buy Ultimate Rewards points online when logged into his account with Chase but that he got a message saying the functionality was no longer available. Curious, I logged into my own Ultimate Rewards account and had to search for “buy points” in order to even […]

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Last-Minute Round of Applications – Maximizing Southwest 50,000 Ending, Starwood Amex 30,000 Launch and British Airways Visa Annual Fee Waived

August 6, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. They say when it rains it pours – and today has been a crazy day in the […]

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Can I Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points to My Southwest Account to Qualify for the Companion Pass?

August 4, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. TPG Twitter follower Holliday is looking to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but wants to use his Chase Ultimate Rewards points to do so: “@thepointsguy to meet the Companion Pass requirement of 110,000 points, can I transfer […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points August 2

August 1, 2013

Summer is flying by and I can’t believe that August is here already! I hope many of you have been having a great time and gotten to travel to sunny places near and far, but don’t forget that wherever you are, tomorrow is the first Friday of the month, and that means 3X points per […]

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Top 3 Credit Cards For Family Travel

July 25, 2013

Update: My links for the 50,000 point Southwest offer are no longer working. You may be able to find working links at Chase.com. Even though I don’t have any (human) children myself, my siblings’ families are all growing as they have more kids and I’m actually in charge of planning a big family trip in […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card For Hyatt Stays?

July 14, 2013

TPG reader Chris asks: “I have an expensive Hyatt stay coming and I’m not sure which card would be best: Chase Hyatt Visa (3x Hyatt points for Hyatt stays), Sapphire Preferred (2.14x Ultimate Rewards) or the Amex Business Gold (1x Membership Rewards points and either 5% discount or 2x Membership Rewards through OPEN Savings)?” In […]

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Limited Time: Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-up Bonuses Until August 6, 2013

July 8, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Chase has been offering 50,000 points on the Southwest Visa products for a couple weeks now and I just got confirmation that the offers will end August 6, 2013. To get the 50,000 points you need to […]

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Can You Book Southwest Flights Through Ultimate Rewards Travel?

July 7, 2013

TPG follower Bryce tweeted me this week wanting to know if there is any way he can book Southwest flights through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, or if it makes sense to transfer those points to Southwest and book the flights through there instead. Here was his question: ‪”@thepointsguy‬‬ Hi there! Any idea if you […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

July 5, 2013

Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means […]

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Rundown of Deals Expiring The End of June: Chase 2nd Quarter Category Bonuses, Amex 20% Transfer to HawaiianMiles, Up to 30% Bonus On Hyatt Points Purchases

June 26, 2013

As the month of June winds down, several deals and bonuses are coming to an end, so I thought I’d put together a quick recap of some of the deals that are ending the end of the month: Chase 2nd Quarter 5x Category Bonuses: The current categories for Q2 of 2013, which apply to purchases, through […]

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Update On My Recent Delta Business Platinum and Ink Plus Applications

June 25, 2013

Last Thursday I decided to bite the bullet and apply for two of the most lucrative credit card offers I’ve seen this year: 1) American Express: Delta Business Platinum Card Update: The current offer is 5,000 MQMs and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months. Earn […]

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Should I Charge My Marriott Stay On My Marriott Visa Or Citi AAdvantage Card?

June 23, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa is 50,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months. TPG Twitter follower Adam has a question about American Airlines’ new partnership with Marriott where you can now earn AAdvantage miles on Marriott stays: “@thepointsguy so is it better to charge a Marriott stay with the […]

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What Are The Consequences Of Putting All Of My Spending On My Business Credit Card?

June 23, 2013

Our first question this weekend comes from TPG reader Kevin who wants to know what the downside of using a business credit card for the majority of his spending would be: “What would be the negative consequences of having all my spending on business credit cards be? I guess this shows my lack of understanding […]

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Saturday Recap: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers, Enter to Win 1 Million Delta SkyMiles, Bonus Elevate Points with RocketMiles, Wyndham Double Points Summer Promo, JetBlue Ends TrueBlue Point Expiration

June 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months. The current offer for the Ink Classic is 20,000 points after $3,000 spent in 3 months and $200 cash back for […]

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Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offer Extended To Monday, Two More Days To Apply

June 22, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months. The current offer for the Ink Classic is 20,000 points after $3,000 spent in 3 months and $200 cash back for the Ink Cash after $3,000 spent in 3 months. Last Sunday, Chase announced limited-time higher sign-up bonuses including 60,000 points for […]

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Reminder: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers End Tomorrow

June 21, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months.  Last Sunday, Chase announced limited-time higher sign-up bonuses on all four Ink cards. The sign-up bonus on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months and the $95 […]

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Great Deals Today: My Delta Platinum Business Amex and Ink Bold Applications

June 20, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold is 50,000 points after $5,000 spent in 3 months. The current offer for the Ink Classic is 20,000 points after $3,000 spent in 3 months and $200 cash back for the Ink Cash after $3,000 spent in 3 months I always say to check your mail – both electronic and paper […]

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