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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Most Valuable Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses for Travelers

March 19, 2013

2013 has started off as a pretty solid year for credit card sign-up bonuses. This year has brought some amazing deals via sites like CreditCard.com’s Card Match Tool, which has recently offered now expired 100,000-point Amex Platinum and 50,000-point Amex Premier Reward Rewards Gold deals. Word on the street is that more lucrative bonuses are […]

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Open Your Mail: Targeted Citi AA 60,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus

February 27, 2013

Update: The current offer for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard is 30,000 miles after $1,000 spent in 3 months.  Although we live in the age of email, social media and, yes, points and miles blogs that keep up-to-the-minute tabs on the current credit card offers out there, sometimes the best offers come to […]

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My Ranking of the Top Five Limited Time Travel Rewards Card Offers

February 27, 2013

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match Tool. They say timing is everything, and that certainly holds true […]

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Leveraging Credit Cards and Points for Concerts and Experiences

February 13, 2013

Although I personally prefer to use my points and miles for premium travel, going to the Grammy’s this past weekend made me reconsider when it might be a worthwhile idea to use points for experiences like when I considered redeeming points to attend the Conde Nast Visionaries Gala last fall (I ended up paying instead […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons to Get a Business Credit Card

January 29, 2013

Last week’s limited-time 75,000-point sign-up bonus offer for the Amex Business Gold Rewards card was a good reminder that many of the credit cards currently on the market that are geared towards business carry rewards and benefits that are just as great – and sometimes better – than the personal credit cards that are out […]

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Maximize Monday: The Best Ways to Earn Points on Dining

January 14, 2013

It’s a well known fact that you don’t need to step onto a plane to earn miles and points. The credit cards you carry and what you use them to buy are just as important, if not more so, than how and where you travel. Making the most out of your everyday expenses is one […]

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(Citi) Bank Error In Your Favor- Collect Free AA Miles

January 8, 2013

One of the new features of the Citi American Airlines AAdvantage credit cards is a 10% rebate in redeemed AA miles, up to 10,000 per year. I received my rebate in May of last year, but unbeknownst to me I got an additional 1,250 AA miles credited to my account in July as well. At […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Citi ThankYou Points Now Transferable to Hilton HHonors for Premium Cardholders

January 5, 2013

Citi ThankYou Points may now be redeemed for Hilton HHonors points. It appears that 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points will transfer to 1,500 Hilton HHonors Points – the same ratio that they transfer from American Express Membership Rewards. However, Hilton is currently the only transfer partner of Citi, which makes this much more compelling versus Amex, which offers […]

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The Points Guy 2012 Year In Review

December 31, 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to take stock of what turned out to be another exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding year both on ThePointsGuy.com and personally. I visited over 20 countries, flew dozens of airlines, flew about 200,000 miles the good old-fashioned way and spent nearly 160 nights in hotels – and […]

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No More Priority AAccess for Citi AAdvantage Cardholders

December 24, 2012

Apparently Citi AAdvantage cardholders have been enjoying a benefit by mistake that they were not entitled to. One of the many perks to holding a Citi American AAdvantage credit card is priority boarding – you’re among the first to get onto the plane so you don’t have to worry (as much) about finding space for […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Which Credit Cards Sign-up Bonuses Can You Get Multiple Times?

December 23, 2012

TPG reader Doug writes: “I’ve gotten about 14 credit cards in the last year. I have gotten nearly all of the ones that I am especially interested in, and am starting to think about canceling some cards so that I can reapply for them down the line. I know the basics: keep your oldest cards to […]

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40,000 Point Citi Thank You Preferred Bonus Ends Tomorrow

December 13, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. For those of you who might have been interested in getting the Citi ThankYou Preferred card after my post on Monday ranking the top Citi travel credit cards, you have until the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, December 14, 2012, to apply before the current offer of […]

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Reminder: 50,000 American Miles Bonus Offers on Citi Credit Cards Ends Tomorrow

December 12, 2012

Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. Offer Expired: December 13, 2012 The three verified 50,000-mile bonuses Citi and American Airlines launched […]

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My Ranking of the Top Citi Travel Credit Card Offers

December 10, 2012

Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. Offer Expired: December 13, 2012 This is a post in my series ranking the top […]

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50,000 American Miles Bonus Offers on 3 Citi Credit Cards Until December 13, 2012

November 28, 2012

Update: Most Citi AAdvantage 50K offers have expired as reported in this FlyerTalk thread, though there is a live offer for the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® for 50,000 miles after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months. Offer Expired: December 13, 2012 While 50,000-mile offers on the Citi American Airlines AAdvantage cards […]

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There Are More Flavors Than Vanilla: Maximizing Miles and Points With Green Dot & Paypal

November 26, 2012

Vanilla Reload cards can be difficult to find these days- and even when you do, some stores may mandate that you can only pay in cash. However, that doesn’t mean that you still can’t reap miles and points with the purchase of other pre-paid and reload able cards that allow other means of paying bills […]

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Ranking Top Fixed-Value Point Credit Cards: Capital One Venture vs. Citi Thank You Premier vs. US Bank FlexPerks

October 22, 2012

While I personally get the most value out of transferable points – like those accrued in the American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards programs – because they give the flexibility to transfer points into a number of airline and hotel programs, fixed value points may make more sense for a certain set of […]

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Why I Paid My Taxes With a Credit Card to Earn Points and Hotel Nights

September 25, 2012

I always get asked if paying taxes with a credit card is a good way to rack up points. My answer is always: it depends on your situation since there are fees involved using credit cards, so the value proposition decreases drastically. However, depending on the size of your bill, it is a quick and […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Credit Card Perks and Mileage Benefits

September 25, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  You don’t have to be a super frequent flyer to get special treatment from the airlines. These days most major airlines are partnered with a credit card company and if you are one of their flyers/cardholders, you […]

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10% Miles Refund For Citi Cardholders on American Awards

August 23, 2012

Though the current public sign-up bonus for the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage Visa Signature is just 30,000 miles, there are still offers out there where you can get both the Citi AAdvantage Visa and the Citi AAdvantage Amex cards with 50,000-mile sign-up bonuses each for a total of 100,000 bonus American miles when you spend […]

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My August Credit Card Applications & Status Update

August 7, 2012

It’s been a solid 3 months since my last credit card application round, so I figured the Starwood 30,000 point offers were good enough of a reason to get a couple more cards and replenish my accounts. I checked my credit scores with Experian and Equifax and had a 749 and a 762 with Transunion, […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Travel Points and Miles Business Credit Cards

July 31, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are the quickest and easiest way to rack up miles and points, especially if you open business credit cards in addition to personal cards. Most issuers will let you get a business credit […]

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